The central government recently urged all state governments to consider using MetroNeo technology in their tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
The budgetary allocation has paved the way for the innovative system of mass transport, which could soon be replicated across the country.
MetroNeo is a comfortable, rapid, energy-efficient, and less noisy transport medium. It will be adopted for the first time in Nashik.
The MetroNeo service consists of electric bus coaches – their lengths varying from 18 to 25 metres – with a carrying capacity of 200 to 300 passengers at a time.
The buses will have rubber tyres and draw power from an overhead electric wire with 600-750 V DC supply, similar to railways or trams.
The buses will be air-conditioned, with automatic door closing system, level boarding, comfortable seats, passenger announcement system, and an information system with electronic display.
A Feeder Bus of 12-metre length will be battery-powered and run on the existing road on the two feeder routes.
The feeder bus batteries will get charged while operating on the main corridors that will enable seamless travel with a wider coverage. No separate charging facility will be required.
The stations will be similar to other Metro rail stations. They will have a staircase, lift, and escalators with passenger information display. The station entry and exit will be provided on both sides of the road.
The capacity of main corridors will be 15,000 PHPDT (peak hour peak direction traffic). The system has been designed in such a way that there will be a train service after every two minutes.