Bhubaneswar: Achieving a major milestone, Mo Bus has crossed a daily ridership of 1 lakh yesterday. This remarkable feat has been achieved in a short span of time, less than a year of starting the operation of Mo Bus. By achieving this substantial number of ridership, Mo Bus, the public transit service run by Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), has established itself as a major mass transit facility in the capital region.
Yesterday a total of 101881 passengers took Mo Bus for their commute. On November 6 last year, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the Mo Bus service with an objective of providing sustainable, comfortable and economically viable mode of transport for people of Capital Region.
Since its inception, this was the first time that Mo Bus carried over 1 lakh passengers in a day. The usual footfall is around 80000 per day. Mo Bus ridership used to be around 70000 till the month of August. After amendment in Motor Vehicle Act, there was sudden rise in ridership touching around 97,000 passengers on September 6 and around 94,000 on September 8. However, it is very heartening to see that Mo Bus has been able to retain those commuters. Consumer friendly initiatives like ‘Freedom Monthly Pass’, ‘Newspaper on Wheels’ and ‘Penalty for ticketless travelers’ have been appreciated by our loyal riders, an official of CRUT expressed.