Survey highlights role of last-mile connectivity in Metro Rail Success
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Survey highlights role of last-mile connectivity in Metro Rail Success

A recent survey carried out in Nagpur, Delhi, and Bengaluru has unveiled the pivotal role of last-mile connectivity in determining the success of metro rail systems. The study, collaboration between WRI India and the Toyota Mobility Foundation, sheds light on how inadequate access affects metro ridership and offers recommendations to improve last-mile connectivity for commuters.

The survey reveals that a significant factor impacting metro ridership in these cities is the lack of convenient last-mile connectivity options. In Nagpur, more than 70 per cent of metro rail commuters prefer walking or cycling to reach a metro station, highlighting the city's preference for sustainable transportation. However, challenges persist in providing efficient last-mile services to meet the needs of these commuters.

In Delhi, only 39 per cent of metro rail users rely on walking or cycling for their last-mile commute, indicating a higher dependence on alternative modes of transport, such as autos or shared rides. This underscores the urgent need to enhance infrastructure and services to improve the overall metro experience for Delhi's commuters.

Bengaluru, on the other hand, demonstrates a mixed scenario concerning last-mile connectivity. Approximately 66 per cent of metro rail commuters in the city opt for walking or cycling, indicating a relatively higher preference for sustainable modes of transport. However, there is still room for improvement in ensuring seamless last-mile connectivity for all commuters.

The joint working paper titled 'Improving Metro Access System' by WRI India and the Toyota Mobility Foundation emphasises key recommendations to address last-mile connectivity challenges. It suggests aligning the capacity of last-mile vehicle services with the demand on the last-mile corridor to offer financially viable, high-frequency services.

The study also stresses the importance of minimising waiting times for last-mile services, especially for women commuters who are averse to waiting for more than 10 minutes. Considering this aspect while planning end-to-end connectivity can significantly enhance the overall travel experience and attract more passengers.

The report draws attention to gender disparities in last-mile connectivity as well. Women, despite traveling shorter distances for the last mile, often end up paying higher fares due to existing fare structures. This calls for a revaluation of fare policies to promote equity and accessibility for all commuters.

Efficient last-mile connectivity is crucial for boosting metro ridership and reducing congestion in Nagpur, Delhi, and Bengaluru. Implementing the recommendations from the working paper can bridge the gap between metro stations and commuters' final destinations, ultimately creating a seamless and efficient metro system.

These findings serve as a call to action for policymakers, transport authorities, and urban planners to prioritise investments in last-mile infrastructure and services. By enhancing accessibility and convenience for metro commuters, these cities can foster sustainable transportation and cater to the evolving needs of their residents.

As metro systems continue to expand across India, addressing last-mile connectivity challenges becomes paramount in creating a truly integrated and commuter-friendly transportation network.
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A recent survey carried out in Nagpur, Delhi, and Bengaluru has unveiled the pivotal role of last-mile connectivity in determining the success of metro rail systems. The study, collaboration between WRI India and the Toyota Mobility Foundation, sheds light on how inadequate access affects metro ridership and offers recommendations to improve last-mile connectivity for commuters.The survey reveals that a significant factor impacting metro ridership in these cities is the lack of convenient last-mile connectivity options. In Nagpur, more than 70 per cent of metro rail commuters prefer walking or cycling to reach a metro station, highlighting the city's preference for sustainable transportation. However, challenges persist in providing efficient last-mile services to meet the needs of these commuters.In Delhi, only 39 per cent of metro rail users rely on walking or cycling for their last-mile commute, indicating a higher dependence on alternative modes of transport, such as autos or shared rides. This underscores the urgent need to enhance infrastructure and services to improve the overall metro experience for Delhi's commuters.Bengaluru, on the other hand, demonstrates a mixed scenario concerning last-mile connectivity. Approximately 66 per cent of metro rail commuters in the city opt for walking or cycling, indicating a relatively higher preference for sustainable modes of transport. However, there is still room for improvement in ensuring seamless last-mile connectivity for all commuters.The joint working paper titled 'Improving Metro Access System' by WRI India and the Toyota Mobility Foundation emphasises key recommendations to address last-mile connectivity challenges. It suggests aligning the capacity of last-mile vehicle services with the demand on the last-mile corridor to offer financially viable, high-frequency services.The study also stresses the importance of minimising waiting times for last-mile services, especially for women commuters who are averse to waiting for more than 10 minutes. Considering this aspect while planning end-to-end connectivity can significantly enhance the overall travel experience and attract more passengers.The report draws attention to gender disparities in last-mile connectivity as well. Women, despite traveling shorter distances for the last mile, often end up paying higher fares due to existing fare structures. This calls for a revaluation of fare policies to promote equity and accessibility for all commuters.Efficient last-mile connectivity is crucial for boosting metro ridership and reducing congestion in Nagpur, Delhi, and Bengaluru. Implementing the recommendations from the working paper can bridge the gap between metro stations and commuters' final destinations, ultimately creating a seamless and efficient metro system.These findings serve as a call to action for policymakers, transport authorities, and urban planners to prioritise investments in last-mile infrastructure and services. By enhancing accessibility and convenience for metro commuters, these cities can foster sustainable transportation and cater to the evolving needs of their residents.As metro systems continue to expand across India, addressing last-mile connectivity challenges becomes paramount in creating a truly integrated and commuter-friendly transportation network. 

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