That it is faster and more comfortable than other modes of travel is an easy guess; but on our test drive, we found how the Metro just manages to edge the others out at the finish line
So the Metro Green line has zipped into service. Bangalore Mirror took a test drive on Monday morning to understand the travel time and cost-effectiveness of taking the Metro. Three modes of transportation were used to check how helpful the Metro Green line is. While some members of the team took the Metro, some rode to the destinations on their bikes and some took the BMTC bus. Five junctions were checked out: Yelechanahalli to Mysore Road, Mysore Road to Nagasandra, Nagasandra to Baiyappanahalli, Baiyappanahalli to Yelachenahalli and Yelachenahalli to Nagasandra.
Among them, taking a two-wheeler and the Metro were neck-and-neck in terms of time and expense. And if you are taking the bus, be ready to spend even twice the time taken by Metro or bike.
We also compared the price by using all three modes of transportation and we say the Metro ride is sometimes even cheaper than a BMTC bus ride and definitely a steal when compared to fuel rates.
And, we give two thumbs-up to the Metro also because travelling in the CBD areas is just a breeze.
Sample this: On your bike, you can take almost an hour to get to Majestic from KR Market, but the Metro ensures that it is just a few minutes away.
At the Metro stations, we saw testimonies to our discovery: Elated commuters who had smiles on their face, because they had saved almost 3/4th of the time they take during their usual commute.
And though bike aficionados may say the biker has a slight advantage as he/she can travel from threshold to threshold and save the time that a Metro commuter has to spend waiting for the train or reaching the station, there is no arguing that the Metro offers a comfortable and hassle-free ride, sans pollution and without being pushed to the edge of road rage.
As techies and other professionals started their week with the new Metro line, our team observed that the commuters faced a bit of confusion at the new junctions, as they were searching for a parking space. Just a teething trouble, we think. We also saw that a few parking lots at the National College to Banashankari route were already full by 9.30 am.
When shove comes to push
We thought in true Bengaluru spirit, the commuters would be slightly more laid back. Boy, were we wrong! At the busiest of all Metro stations, Kempegowda Metro station, commuters had to go through a grovelling grind. As this is t he main connecting point to green and purple lines, every Metro traveller soon have to understand that at a station, a person must be allowed to get down, before one tries to push their way in. On day one, not many followed the etiquette, leaving behind quite a few disgruntled travellers.
At Majestic many people found themselves being pushed back into the train. Archana Kamath, a person who tried to get down at the station said, “I had to take another train from there, but there were almost 30 people trying to board the train. Only a few could get out and we were trapped inside. We had to get down at the next junction. The security personnel too were trying to push everyone inside the train due to the time limit for the door to close.”
Tips from other metros
A Mumbai Metro commuter Zubin Lelinwalla told BM about the peak hours in Mumbai. “Trains are very crowded and people get pushed around, but it works on the first-come-first-serve basis. When the Metro gets too crowded, the AC gets less effective.”
Tarun Bansal, a Delhi Metro commuter, said, “We just get on with it and not carry grudges about how we get pushed around because we have to get ahead and usually have hectic days. The basic rule of the Metro is that the ones coming out should move to the side and the ones getting inside stick to the middle. But many people don’t follow the rule and they push people around.”