WRI India Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, with support from FedEx Express, has announced the “Better Bus Challenge”, a competition to augment the quality, safety and efficiency of public bus systems in India. The open innovation challenge will bring together ideas from manufacturers, technology and service providers, mobility entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporations, and transit agencies to co-create solutions in the public bus sector.
With around 70 million people traveling on buses, state-run public bus providers play an essential role in connecting people in cities across India. Transit agencies, who operate the public bus networks across India, carry more than 60% of the road passengers, competing with alternate mobility solutions that operate on-demand, and can offer greater comfort and service quality.
“We believe that the more connected a community is, the more it thrives. We are excited to support the launch of the ‘Better Bus Challenge’ and believe that this unique platform will encourage stakeholders to create innovative solutions for the public bus transit system in India, making it more affordable, accessible and sustainable for everyone,” said Jack Muhs, president, FedEx Express Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Africa.