Mumbai Local Train Mega Block on 10th July, 2016

CENTRAL LINES

KALYAN -THANE DN SLOW LINE FROM 11.30AM TO 3.30PM

DN Slow and Semi-Fast services leaving Mulund from 11.15 am to 3.23 pm will be diverted on DN fast line between Mulund and Kalyan stations halting at Thane and Dombivali stations and will arrive at their destination 10 minutes behind the schedule.

DN Slow Locals will not halt at Kalva, Mumbra, Diva, Kopar and Thakurli. Passengers of these stations are permitted to travel via Kalyan and Dombivali stations.

Dn Fast services leaving CST Mumbai from 10.20 am to 2.42 pm will halt at Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Bhandup and Mulund stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive at their destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

Up Fast Line services leaving Thane stations from 11.22 am to 3.28 pm will halt at Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kurla stations in addition to their respective scheduled halts and will arrive at their destinations 15 minutes behind schedule.

All DN and UP Slow locals leaving/arriving CST from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm will arrive at their destination 10 minutes behind schedule.

 

HARBOUR LINES

CST – CHUNABHATTI / MAHIM UP AND DN FROM 11.10 AM TO 3.40 PM

DN Harbour Line services to Vashi/Belapur/Panvel leaving CST Mumbai from 11.21 am to 03.45 pm and UP Harbour line services for CST Mumbai leaving Panvel/Belapur/Vashi from 09.52 am to 02.32 pm will remain suspended.

All DN Harbour Line services to Bandra/Andheri leaving CST Mumbai from 10.48 am to 03.49 pm and UP Harbour line services for CST Mumbai leaving Bandra/Andheri from 10.44 am to 03.16 pm will remain suspended.

However, special services will be run between Panvel and Kurla (Platform No.8) during the block period. Harbour line passengers are permitted to travel via Main Line and Western Railway from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm. 

 

WESTERN LINES

CHURCHGATE AND MUMBAI CENTRAL FROM 10.35AM to 3.35PM

Western Railway announced that a Jumbo block will be taken from 10.35 hrs to 15.35 hrs on Up and Dn Local lines (i.e. slow lines) on Sunday, 10th July, 2016 between Churchgate and Mumbai Central local stations for maintenance of track, signaling and overhead equipments.

During the block all Up and Dn slow line trains will run on Up and Dn Through line (i.e. fast line) between Churchgate and Mumbai Central local stations.

 

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How to set up your travel preferences on zophop

Are you looking for non-AC or AC bus only options for your travel?  Here is how.  This option search will be definitely needed for Mumbaikars as B.E.S.T. has halved the fares for AC buses.  So why not taking an AC bus?   Your travel with bus will only get better.

 

Step 1:
Check your app version. If you have not updated the zophop app more than 6 months, you are missing out a lot of cool features that we have added. Update the app now.

 

Step 2:
Click “Best Route” to search the best route options for your trip. Enter where you want to start and end, then click “Get Route” for results.

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Step 3:
Click the button (circled in red below) to set up your preferences. You can select AC or non-AC bus options. Also if you want to adjust walking and auto-ride distance, this is where you need to adjust information accordingly.

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Easy!  Isn’t it?

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Zophop – smart logo ka, smart app

When we sat conceptualizing this video, one of the biggest challenges was to decide on the setting in the script – do we show real-life use cases, do we go in for a bland product feature description or do we do something which is catchy and informational?

None of us have any previous experience in advertising but then that has never stood in the path of creating something that sells right? After numerous brainstorming sessions we came up with the above script, a script which introduces an overconfident character who uses all of the popular apps in the commute segment ( yes, yes we used the real names with a few tweaks). And then the omniscient narrator goes on to tell him why there is absolutely no need to waste space on your phone by using all these apps when in fact there exists an one app solution for all commute related queries.

So while we covered all our use-cases we also highlighted the fact about us being a one place stop for all you need to know about travel. Pretty neat eh?


Drop your comments below as to how you liked our in-house effort. 


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Team Zophop celebrates NMMT’s 19th Foundation Day

Team Zophop celebrated NMMT’s 19th Foundation Day with flowers and a cake cutting ceremony in their office at Turbhe Bus Depot. Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) is the transport wing of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, which operates bus services in Navi Mumbai. NMMT buses serve the entire Navi Mumbai city as well as to certain parts of Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, Taloja, Panvel and Uran.

We, at Zophop, were happy to be a part of these celebrations. NMMT has over 400 buses which serves the commuters of Navi Mumbai, commuters who are very active on our app and who are responsible for majority of Navi Mumbai real-time information for bus timings on our app.

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Zophop allies with Khopoli Municipal Transport (KMT) to help commuters for the better travel experience with the bus in Mumbai area

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An alliance offering real-time en route bus location with ETA (estimated time of arrival) to thestops beyond timings and fares


 

Mumbai, January 19, 2016: – Zophop, a fast growing technology-driven transportation mobile app, announces its collaboration with KMT. KMT provides bus services for daily commuters who travel from Navi Mumbai and Mumbai to Khopoli, and Panvel. The collaboration is aimed at providing depth of information to daily commuters who use the bus for their entire or partial trip in order to support them in making the best decision not only on route options based on time and fare but also on the waiting time for the bus. This enhances the information that has been provided by Zophop and provides KMT passengers a mobile-based channel to find all information they need to know for their trip.

Jiyoung Lee, Co-founder and VP, Product & Marketing, Zophop further commented, “Zophop has been serving over 70,000 daily travelers in Mumbai area as one-stop-app for all information they need to plan their trip. This collaboration with KMT is a great addition to all Mumbai users who travel with KMT daily basis since now we are providing accurate bus timing, fare, and enroute bus location with ETA to the stop on all the bus routes within the KMT network.“

About Zophop

Zophop provides the tool that empowers over 200,000 daily travelers in 15 cities across India to make their best decision on route (time vs. cost), transportation modes, and time management for travel. One of the unique features on Zophop “near by” allows users to find all public transportation modes including buses, trains, metros, cabs (Uber, Ola), and Jugnoo near their location. The “near by” feature is not only showing users what is available around them but also its ETA to the stop/station/pickup location and fare. Zophop was established in Mumbai in 2014 founded by Vinayak Bhavnani and Jiyoung Lee.

Dombivali most crowded station on Central Railway, reveals RTI query

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According to figures furnished via RTI, a total of 8,97,019 tickets are sold at all these 85 stations and 38.56 lakh passengers travel on CR daily generating a fare collection of Rs 2.19 crore.


Dombivali has beaten CST, Thane and Kalyan railway station to become the most crowded and fare generating suburban station in the Mumbai division on Central Railway (CR), an RTI query has revealed in Mumbai.

The reply to a query filed by activist Anil Galgali said that a total of 2,33,635 passengers travel through this suburban station on a daily basis and Rs 14,94,538 is collected via fares from there everyday. Whereas Thane stands on the second spot where 2,25,490 passengers use this station everyday while fetching Rs 13,84,020 as fares.

Figures on suburban daily average in terms of ticket selling, numbers of passengers and fare receivables of all 85 suburban stations of Mumbai division on CR also say that Thane remains at the top position in terms of ticket selling (60,895) on daily basis, while Kurla station was at the second spot from where 55,552 tickets are sold daily on an average. This was followed by Ghatkopar (42,977) primarily due to the commencement of Metro Rail from this station.

According to figures furnished via RTI, a total of 8,97,019 tickets are sold at all these 85 stations and 38.56 lakh passengers travel on CR daily generating a fare collection of Rs 2.19 crore. CR has 121 rakes to serve passengers by 1618 train services on daily basis.


This article was originally published on DNA


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Zophop rolls out a new UI for enhanced localized real-time information

In our latest update, we have systematically revamped our app home-screen. Now commuters will be able to access all localized real-time information in one screen apart from being able to the previous queries and searches too on zophop.

In this new UI, commuters will be able to see –

1. Live Trips around them – buses, trains or any other commute
2. See nearest Uber, Ola, Jugnoo
3. Your recent searches
4. Near stops and stations and immediate bus/train departure details from these stops/stations
5. Other features – Timings, Nearby Stops, Best Route

Below are some of other recent updates –

1. Multilingual support – Hindi, English, Marathi
2. Offline timings – access bus/train details without internet

Here is what our new homescreen looks like –

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and once you scroll down on the same screen you can see other real-time information around you –

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Do tell us how do you like our new homescreen? Do you find much better than the previous one ? Leave your comments below.


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Mumbaikars spend an average of 230 hours per year waiting for a bus

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Commuters in India are spending an average of 45 minutes traveling one way as compared to 33 minutes spend by commuters in US on the one way daily travel. Commuters in Mumbai spend an average of 138 minutes, 2.3 hours everyday traveling to work while those in Delhi spend 1.7 hours. Though average both ways travel time for Delhi is relatively less than that of Mumbai, carbon dioxide emissions for the capital stand at  10,305.60 gms as compared  7,043.64 gms in Mumbai.

But before we go into more details let us understand what traffic congestion is –

Traffic congestion is a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing.  As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. Traffic congestion can lead to drivers becoming frustrated and engaging in road rage.

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Traffic congestion, jams occur when there are more cars on the road than the road was originally designed for.  One might think that increasing the road capacity might ease this congestion but according to a 2011 study in the The American Economic Review, researchers from the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics, analyzed data from the U.S. Highway Performance and Monitoring System for 1983, 1993 and 2003, as well as information on population, employment, geography, transit, and political factors. They determined that the number of vehicle-kilometers traveled (VKT) increases in direct proportion to the available lane-kilometers of roadways. The implication is that building new roads and widening existing ones only results in additional traffic that continues to rise until peak congestion returns to the previous level.

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Instead Economist Anthony Downs argues that rush hour traffic congestion is inevitable because of the benefits of having a relatively standard work day ( too many people having the same routine, too many people using the same limited utilities). Downs advocates greater use of road pricing to reduce congestion (a demand-side solution, effectively rationing demand), in turn plowing the revenues generated therefrom into public transportation projects. Yes, he suggests that if people start paying for their road usage then perhaps traffic congestion might decrease. While we have already seen this implemented in the country in the form of toll booths on newly constructed highways, one wonders how the people who use cars as their main means of transportation, 56.57% in Delhi versus 25% in Mumbai, might react to this. 

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There are more people on roads, there are more cars on roads, than there were in the previous years and with every passing year these are going to increase and increase. Below are a few negative impacts these increasing numbers and traffic congestion have – 

  • Wasting time of motorists and passengers.
    – As a non-productive activity for most people, congestion reduces regional economic health.
    – Delays, which may result in late arrival for employment, meetings, and education, resulting in lost business, disciplinary action or other personal losses.
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    Inability to forecast travel time accurately, leading to drivers allocating more time to travel “just in case”, and less time on productive activities.
  • Environment Downside
    Wasted fuel increasing air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions owing to increased idling, acceleration and braking.
  • Delays in Emergency situations
    – Blocked traffic may interfere with the passage of emergency vehicles traveling to their destinations where they are urgently needed – ambulances, fire brigades, police help etc.
  • Stress
    – Stressed and frustrated motorists, encouraging road rage and reduced health of motorists
    – Higher chance of collisions due to tight spacing and constant stopping-and-going.

We think the most negative impact is the waste of time lost in commuting from one place to another. As real estate prices soar and people live farther and farther away from their work, a lot of time is lost not just in commuting but also waiting for the mass transit modes. People in Mumbai who take the bus everyday to work spend an average of 19 minutes waiting as opposed to the 6 minutes spent by the people in Delhi. 19 minutes spent waiting for a one way trip, everyday, accumulates to 13870 minutes an year, which is a total of 230 hours. Add to this the average 71 minutes one way travel time by buses, which totals to 863 hours in an year for the average Mumbaikar. 

Solutions and suggestions have been made aplenty and mostly revolve around improving the road structure, better urban planning and design, controlling the supply and demand both of people and cars. But the problem with these solutions is that they will take time to implement and take an even longer time to show positive results. And, ironically it is only time that we do not seem to have. 

A present day solution to this problem is the availability of accurate real-time commute information, a solution already adopted and implemented in the western world. On our side of the fence, while we wait for the administration to modernize the entire commute infrastructure, small steps are being taken by varied entrepreneurs to provide solutions to connecting and commuting problems. On demand cab and taxi services are on a rise and a small initiative has been taken by us, at zophop, to provide real-time bus information for 15 cities in India.

Using the Check-In feature, this crowdsourced effort gives better information each time more people use it. You can now view buses in real-time and get ETA to your stops too – 

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A bus moving in real-time in Mumbai

Number of buses with real time information at 10:07 in Mumbai

Number of buses with real time information at 10:07 in Mumbai

real time ETA to next stop

real time ETA to next stop


You can get the app here from Google PlayStore. Do Check-In while traveling and contribute to this crowdsourcing initiative – the more people use it, the more information everyone gets.


Average waiting times, traffic index, one way road trip times, percentage usage of transit means, economic theories and definitions have been referenced from from Wikipedia and Numbeo.

 

Find the nearest Uber, Ola and book with one click!

It is a typical day. You have some plans and you want to book cab. Typically you open a cab app like Uber and see if a cab is available before booking it. If a cab isn’t available then you open another app like Ola and then check for cab availability there. Typically you end up wasting a lot of time switching between cab-booking apps.

Here is a neat solution. Now it is possible to know the nearest Uber or Ola around you on just one screen. Yes! You read that right. Lets suppose you are in Mumbai or in Ahmedabad or in Chandigarh or in Chennai, our app shows you the nearest Uber and Ola on the home screen.

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How to get and use this amazing time saving feature?

1. Get zophop from Google Playstore
2. Open the app and see nearby cabs

Its that simple. Really.


Cities available for – Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore, Bhabaneswar, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Nagpur, Pune and Vijayawada.


 

Why do we find ourselves in such a jam today?

 Congestion fee, expensive parking must to make the roads less insane


Haven’t you noticed how increasingly difficult it is to cross the road? And aren’t you taking longer and longer to reach work or home or your friend’s wedding or wherever you’re headed to?

The Bangalorean’s road woes are increasing day by day with an average of 25,000 new vehicles rolling on the over-burdened city’s roads each month. This, when there has been no increase in the road space, and several proposals to decongest our roads remain on the backburner.

The awful numbers

As on December 2011, there were 40,86,705 vehicles registered in the Bangalore metropolitan area. Of these, 36 lakh are private vehicles (28.26 lakh two-wheelers and 7.8 lakh four-wheelers), accounting for 88 per cent of the total number of vehicles in the city.

The number of vehicles in Karnataka has crossed the one crore mark, and Bangalore alone accounts for 40 per cent of this. These 36 lakh private vehicles transport about half the travelling public in the city — occupying considerable road space. And, 6,000 BMTC buses and a lakh autorickshaws are forced to squeeze in and utilise the remaining road space.

According to traffic engineering expert M.N. Sreehari, there has been an alarming rise in the number of cars.

The number of four-wheelers is increasing at 15 per cent each year. This is almost the amount of vehicular growth in the national capital region — Delhi. This has to be arrested without any delay,” he says.

Two-wheelers too are not an exception; their number has increased from 9.94 lakh in 2000 to 28.26 lakh in 2011.

In cold storage

Stakeholders such as the Bangalore Traffic Police, Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Transport Department and traffic experts have proposed several measures to tackle the nightmarish congestion on our roads but they are still in the proposal stage, Prof. Sreehari said.

He said that the Government and other agencies should prioritise a multi-pronged approach.

The measures should include road pricing or congestion tax for private vehicles entering the central business district during peak hours; banning on-street parking or slapping a hefty parking fee; fully back the public transport system and levying heavy taxes on private vehicles.

Prof. Sreehari said a robust public transport system would drastically reduce the number of private vehicles on roads.

As Namma Metro is expected to take at least three years to deliver the expected results, the authorities should immediately augment Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus service.

Parking policy

DULT had formulated a draft parking policy for Bangalore two years ago, which recommended a hefty parking fee for on-street parking. But it is yet to see the light of day.

H.K. Sunil Kumar, a software engineer, who tracks developments in public transport field, said that the political regime appears to be apprehensive of public resentment if paid parking is re-introduced. This “public,” he said, is the 50 per cent of the population who use two-wheelers and cars even as the rest using public transport have to put up with traffic gridlocks.

Over to BBMP

DULT Commissioner V. Manjula told The Hindu the parking policy has to be approved either by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Council or by the Government.

Though she was unable to quantify the relief on roads if on-street parking is heavily priced, she was confident that the pressure on roads would ease.

Off-street parking, in parking lots, should be made cheaper, she said.

With several deadlines missed, the BBMP Council is expected to take up the parking policy when it meets on March 3.

Deputy Mayor S. Harish said that there were certain issues in the draft policy which the councillors feel are difficult to implement such as fee for parking in front of vehicle owners’ houses, proof of parking space and the like.

The modified draft policy includes proposals to build multi-level parking facilities under public-private partnership.


This article was posted 3 years ago in The Hindu. Not much has really changed has it? It has become worse rather.