Drastic decline in bus passengers seen in last 10 yrs

B Ajith Raj

Kerala buses have few on board, lose half passengers within 10 years

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Thiruvananthapuram: The number of bus passengers declined more than half within the last 10 years in the state. The report of the Motor Vehicle Department noted that private and KSRTC buses have lost at least 68 lakh passengers a day.

As many as 1.32 crore people depend on bus services to travel in the year 2013. However, this figure dropped to 64 lakh passengers now. At least 550 passengers will be currently affected if a bus halts its service, informed MVD.

According to the data released by MVD, not less than 20 people move on two wheelers, when a bus service ceases on a route.

Number of private busesOut of 27,725 buses with permit, 19000 buses operated services7300
Number of KSRTC buses55004200
Number of private bus passengers1.04 crore40 lakh
Number of KSRTC bus passengers28 lakh24 lakh
How buses lost passengers?

  • Hike in bus charge
  • During the period of Covid 19, many passengers stopped travelling in buses to avoid contact. Later, many of them bought new vehicles and stopped using buses permanently.
  • When many of the bus services aborted during Covid 19, people could not avail buses at the required time. This urged them to buy personal vehicles.
  • Direct bus services will not be available in certain routes. Hence, several passengers resorted to buy vehicles to make travel easy and save time.

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