INITIATIVES

Bus Karo: A forum for public transport policy advocacy and knowledge sharing

Sector Systems and Planning
Grantee World Resources Institute India
Grantee base All India
Year 2016

Bus systems are integral to providing efficient public transport systems in cities due to their low implementation costs, flexible operations and easy scalability. The existing systems face various challenges within the State Transport Undertakings (STUs) and city bus agencies. Towards addressing this gap, Shakti is supporting WRI-India to create a forum comprising of STUs, city bus agencies and a few private bus operators to deliberate on key technical issues that hinder the development of city bus systems.

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RESOURCES FOR THIS INITIATIVE
  • Role of bus aggregators in improving city bus services in India
  • Technology start-ups across the country have begun to aggregate privately-owned buses to provide “on-demand” transport services and can potentially help in meeting the unmet public transport demand. This policy brief reviews the regulatory amendments needed to introduce these services to complement the state-run city bus systems and not compete with them. It was presented at the first ‘Talking Transit’ workshop under this project and stakeholder feedback has been incorporated.

  • Fiscal policies and taxation incentives for improved public bus systems in India
  • Indian cities currently tax public transport modes more than cars and two-wheelers. The nature and amount of existing tax structures for bus manufacturing, procurement and deployment prohibit the development of city bus systems. This report analyses barriers that exist within the tax structures in various states and proposes recommendations on the tax incentives required to promote city bus systems.

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