Rajasthan State buses have been struggling since the pandemic. Even though the RSRTC super luxury bus came as a new hope for the government, it took the public time to experience normalcy. With the interstate buses restarting and people showing more confidence in public transport, these luxury intra-state buses became a new solution to the mobility issues.
Until now, RSRTC bus booking service was available only for interstate trips for these luxury buses, but now these buses are available for intra-state travel as well.
Luxury buses by RSRTC
The super luxury buses by RSRTC cover long journeys from one state to another. There are two types of luxury buses as people always choose comfort, especially for longer journeys. The government decided to offer the same luxury for shorter trips to attract more passengers to use public transportation.
Since the pandemic people have been skeptical about public mobility solutions. Even private buses have not been successful in getting enough passengers.
With its safety measures, cleanliness, and sanitation process, the government has been gaining the trust of the public. To take advantage of the situation, it introduced luxury buses to attract more people to their services.
Luxury bus routes
In June, the RSRTC luxury bus service started in different routes that connected major cities such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota, Pilani, Anupgarh, Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Barmer, Kaila Devi, Ladnu, Kekari, Bidasar, and Bikaner. The few of the RSRTC luxury bus timings are –
- Pilani to Jaipur at 6.30 am
- Jaipur to Udaipur at 1 pm
- Udaipur to Jaipur at 1 pm
- Jaipur to Anupgarh at 7.30 am
- Jaipur to Kota at 8. 15 am
- Kota to Jaipur at 2.30 pm
- Jaipur to Shri Ganganagar at 10 pm
- Sri Ganganagar to Jaipur at 915 am
- Jaipur to Pilani at 4.40 pm
- Jaipur to Jodhpur at 8.30 am
- Jodhpur to Udaipur at 4 pm
- Udaipur to Jodhpur at 6 pm
- Jodhpur to Jaipur at 1 pm
- Jaipur to Bikaner at 3.30 pm
- Bikaner to Jodhpur at 6 am
What facilities are provided inside the buses?
The RSRTC luxury bus facilities include air-conditioning, comfortable seats, television sets, overhead storage, reading lights, etc. These are huge benefits compared to the amenities provided in the ordinary buses.
RSRTC bus booking service is available online on their official website and other bus booking portals such as redBus. On the online platforms, you can select your desired buses and seats. Online payment systems make it convenient to offer e-tickets that enable contactless boarding. When you book tickets online, you can enjoy multiple discounts and other offers.
Besides online booking facilities, one could get RSRTC bus tickets from the bus counters or the bus conductors after boarding the bus.
Giving a tough competition to the private buses
By introducing super luxury buses for the intrastate trips from city to city, RSRTC is giving a tough competition to the private buses that usually ply on these routes. Many people prefer private buses due to their cleanliness and comfortable seats. RSRTC is offering the same luxury with some extra amenities at cheaper rates. The almost stranded public buses are likely to see a change in their status with these facilities.
Some people could choose other transportation solutions during the pandemic, but most were reliant on public buses. By giving it a boost with more amenities and cleanliness, RSRTC plans to attract passengers.
Interstate buses to intrastate buses
It is common to find a difference in facilities in interstate and intrastate bus services. Luxury buses for intrastate travel are not so common, but they do exist. In a state such as Rajasthan where people depend on public buses more than other modes of transport, it is important to make timely upgrades.
Whatever the reason behind introducing such buses, it is always a welcome move from the public’s point of view.
People realize the importance of cleanliness and sanitation now more than ever. When a cleaner solution is introduced, it is more likely to be accepted and well maintained for the long run.
Since such luxury buses are already on the run to the neighbouring states, people are aware of them. Introducing them for the shorter routes shows the government’s concern and care for all, not just for the upper class.
The super luxury buses existed prior to the pandemic only in Jaipur, Udaipur, and Pilani routes. The additional routes connect the capital city Jaipur to several other cities as well. These are also a result of public demand raised on the RSRTC online portal. These super luxury buses provide the same luxury and comfort for all.
The RTCs are taking advantage of gaps in other modes of transportation to give themselves the much-needed boost. RSRTC is optimistic about a steady increase in the number of passengers. The occupancy has almost reached the 70% mark. They expect the number to climb further and the services to be fully functional within the months to come.
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