Bus stops and Traffic Jams
The combination of rains and flyover constructions all over my journey from home to office means that my commute time is closing in on 2 hours (one way) this week. While I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that the bunch of flyovers/underpasses will actually help ease traffic congestion and reduce commute time, I still have my own doubts.
I feel there are many simpler, obvious steps that can be taken which will significantly reduce congestion in Bangalore. Somehow, the authorities seem unwilling to implement these. One such step would be to eliminate bus stops close to traffic signals and junctions. It is a no-brainer that a bus standing right after a signal forces the traffic into a smaller section of the road, significantly impeding traffic clearance. Just as important it is to ensure traffic is regulated at a junction (by introducing traffic signals), it is equally important to ensure that the side which is allowed to move (due to a green signal) is provided a clear road ahead. Naturally, junctions would be the worst place to have bus stops!
My guess is that at least 90% of junctions in Bangalore with reasonable traffic have bus stops. Buses not only stop suddenly and haphazardly at these junctions, the lack of a “first-in-first-out” system at these stops means that many a times, the bus behind suddenly swirls to the right and attempts to overtake the one in front, only to realize there is not enough space. And murphy’s laws ensures that the bus in front has several passengers to pick up. Meanwhile the green signal turns to red and you are right where you were…
I was observing my route from home to office and there is a bus stop at almost every single junction! Here is a partial list..
- Hulimavu junction – this one is special, the bus stop is right in the middle of the T junction, not at the end.
- Arakere junction – bus stop just before the signal, ensuring only a 10ft wide road to the right for traffic to move once signal turns green
- IIMB junction – bus stop right after junction
- BG Road – Outer Ring Road junction – bus stop immediately after the junction
- Ring Road – bus stop right after Jayadeva flyover ends. This one is special too as it completely blocks the road one takes if approaching from Dairy circle and turning left at Jayadeva flyover
- Ring Road – Advaith Petrol Bunk junction – bus stop at junction, before signal
- Priya Bakery junction – bus stop at junction, immediately after signal
- Silk Board – bus stop immediately after junction. Though there is a bus bay here, at least half the buses park on the main road itself
- Agara junction – bus stop right in the middle of the junction, in spite of the flyover construction
- Outer ring road junction – bus stop as soon as you turn left at the junction
- Bellandur junction – bus stop at junction, immediately after signal
- Devarabisanahalli junction – stop after signal
- PTP junction – bus stop right after signal
When our BBMP folks want to build flyovers, they seem to acquire land without any trouble. But can’t they do the same in order to build bus bays at these junctions. I guess bus bay construction is not very profitable when compared with flyover projects.