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MetroNeo

Date: 03 February 2021 Tags: Infrastructure

Issue

The central government recently urged all state governments to consider using MetroNeo technology in their tier-2 and tier-3 cities.

 

Background

The budgetary allocation has paved the way for the innovative system of mass transport, which could soon be replicated across the country.

 

Details

  • 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.