Guwahati: The State Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary launched the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) “Chalo App” for the Guwahatians. This particular app will be equipped with a multi-module model journey planner for the commuters.
The “Chalo App” will allow commuters in Guwahati to know the live arrival time of their bus so they plan their travel accordingly.
Commuters can also track the live GPS position of their bus on a map, Plan their trip door-to-door using a multi-modal trip planner, Find the cheapest and fastest trip options, including all the bus route options to their destination, one can also buy a mobile bus pass directly through the app, which means no waiting in queues at pass counters, and Travel safely with features such as Emergency SOS.
This project includes the introduction of electronic ticketing in ASTC buses with the latest generation of cutting-edge Electronic Ticket Issuing Machines (ETIMs) which can accept all modes of payment, including cards, mobile payments, QR code payments and other forms of digital payments.
Now Passengers will be able to buy a mobile pass or a ticket through the “Chalo App”, and then simply show their pass or ticket on their mobile phone to the conductor to travel, thus making the travel much convenient and hassle-free. All these solutions will be integrated together under a common technology platform known as an Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS).
Chandra Mohan Patowary also unveiled a one-of-a-kind transport map for the ASTC bus network in Guwahati that has been developed by “Chalo”. The transport map will allow commuters to find all possible bus routes from any stop to any another stop on the entire network at a single glance. Such maps, which are commonly found in the world’s best metro systems will be installed at several key bus stops across Guwahati. Chalo has also teamed up with ASTC to install bus stop poles across the city where bus stops have not been previously marked. The poles will not only point commuters to the location of the stop but will also indicate the buses that will stop there in order to help bus commuters further.
“This is an ambitious project for us. The first phase will cover 250 city buses, and in a few months’ time, Assam will be the first state in the country to have a state-wide smart transport solution and common mobility card for its commuters,” said the Transport Minister.