A recent survey conducted in Bengaluru as part of the Personal2Public campaign, led by NGOs like the Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) and WRI India, has unveiled intriguing insights into the commuting habits of the city’s residents.
According to the survey, Bengaluru car users are spending a significant amount of time commuting, with an average of 1-1.5 hours in one direction. In contrast, two-wheeler riders enjoy a much quicker commute, typically lasting 35-40 minutes. This stark contrast emphasizes the potential time-saving benefits of using two-wheelers for daily transportation needs.
The survey aimed to encourage Bengaluru citizens to shift from personal vehicles to public transport at least twice a week, and the findings shed light on the attractiveness of such a shift. Bengaluru Metro users, for instance, spend less than 45 minutes on their primary mode of transportation. However, when factoring in the first and last mile of their journeys, the average travel time extends to approximately 1-1.5 hours. This discrepancy highlights the need for seamless connectivity between the Metro and other modes of transportation, such as buses or personal vehicles, to reduce overall commute times.
Additionally, the survey revealed that office-goers tend to spend more time commuting when using company-provided transport services. This finding underscores the importance of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of such transport services to reduce the time burden on employees.
The survey also examined the average trip length for commuters, which was found to be around 10 km across all modes of transportation. Interestingly, car users, despite covering the same average trip length, spend more than 1.5 hours to complete this distance. In contrast, the Bengaluru Metro, with an average trip length of 13 km, offers a more time-efficient commute for its passengers.
One of the most striking revelations from the survey is that 95 percent of the 3,855 respondents currently using private vehicles to reach their workplaces expressed a strong willingness to shift to the Metro. This highlights a significant potential for increasing Metro ridership among car users in the city.
Overall, the survey emphasizes the need for improving the efficiency and accessibility of public transportation in Bengaluru. While many residents are eager to shift to public transport, the lack of effective feeder services and connectivity options, particularly in areas like Whitefield and ORR, poses a challenge. Addressing these issues could not only reduce commute times but also encourage more individuals to embrace public transportation as a viable and time-saving alternative to personal vehicles.