59% of people in Bangalore plan to travel by bus after closing: Survey

BENGALURU: At least 59 percent of people in Bangalore plan to travel within a month of the lifting of travel restrictions due, a new survey revealed on Monday.

The online bus ticket platform conducted a randomized online study of more than 6,700 customers in South India and found that people are planning to ride intercity buses within a month after the closure ends.

The survey was conducted among clients from the states of, Andhra Pradesh , Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Only five percent of respondents were willing to postpone their trip for more than six months, while the rest had plans to travel within that period, he said.

The sheer number of people hoping to travel not only points to need, but also the importance of reviving economic activity, as very few would travel for pleasure, CEO redBus said in a statement.

There is a high level of expectation about implementing measures to make buses safe to travel, with more than 81 percent wanting deep cleaning and disinfection of buses after each trip.

The survey revealed that more than 80 percent of the respondents want the implementation of hygienic conditions at boarding points and 69 percent want social distancing protocols to be implemented at boarding points.

The study showed that passengers in Bangalore placed hygiene, sanitation and disinfection very high above 76 percent, and social distancing (63 percent) and much less consideration of traditional factors such as the cost of travel (24 percent), comfort (19 percent) and punctuality (16 percent).