Tackling Public Transportation in Bangladesh: A Tech-based Solution

When traveling in Bangladesh comes up in a conversation, hours of endless traffic and unbearable pollution seem to be the first two things that come to mind. Bangladesh contains about 1000 people per square kilometer, making it the most densely populated country in the world. Dhaka streets are overflowing with vehicles, yet there still aren’t adequate means of transportation for its inhabitants.

The immense pressure on the streets of Dhaka is a notable mobility challenge, impacting the lives of billions and costing 7% of its annual GDP. The inhabitants of this bustling city are forced to choose between two options- to opt for public transportation or arrange private vehicles. While private vehicles aren’t suitable for low-income families, public transport remains unpredictable, dangerous, and dilapidated.

In this dire situation, the pre-eminent solution is tech-based bus systems. Jatri is at the forefront of introducing this service in Dhaka city. With its innovative app and flexible features, Jatri is providing the bus commuters of Dhaka the one solution they always desired- estimated time of arrivals and digital payment system of buses. Commuters are encouraged to purchase their bus tickets through the app, allowing cashless and quick transactions. Jatri’s bus tracking, however, is its most captivating aspect. Jatri offers all app users continuous real-time updates of the bus location, making the requirement of bus schedules obsolete.

Apart from digital ticketing, Jatri supports offline ticketing too. Commuters without smartphones can opt for POS machine ticketing at bus counters, antiquating the need for conductors checking tickets multiple times. The Jatri app provides a multitude of solutions to bus companies such as fleet management, accurate data analytics, computations of financial issues, and more. As the payment system is completed digitally, all transactions are handled by banks- thus making the activities of bus owners much easier and manageable.

Jatri is on its way to transform urban mobility for good. It launched its coach fleet recently, amassing hundreds buses to carry its commuters to and fro. It provides transport solutions for corporate workers, allowing them to maneuver the streets of Dhaka with the aid of technology. As buses carry 30% of all passengers in the city, Jatri plans to innovate newer features to compel users to opt for buses.

As the number of shared buses take over the city, commuters will enjoy efficient and pre-planned commutes. On the other hand, the city authorities will gain economical advantages by reaching a wider number of people using public transport. A reduced number of vehicles leads to substantially less pollution. This will also lead to a significant reduction in carbon emission with time.

Bus sharing may as well be the only sustainable and economically viable solution for all concerned parties on the roads. Jatri is on the path of becoming a super app amassing major bus-based platforms and verticals as well.

Kazi Ayesha Rahman

January 2020