By PMPML City bus
City buses in Pune are run by the PMPML. Although the vehicles are crowded and smoke-belching, the network is very extensive. Almost all parts of the city are connected by the PMPML city buses. Major city bus stands include Corporation, Shivaji Nagar, Swargate, Kothrud depot, Nigdi, Hadapsar, Katraj and Deccan. Shivaji Nagar is believed to be the busiest bus stand in the state of Maharashtra.
There is also a huge army of three wheeled rickshaws. There are some prepaid rickshaw stands at Shivajinagar, Swargate Bus Depot and Lohegaon Airport. Most auto rickshaws have a new electronic meter, whereby the tariff card is redundant. It correctly gives the kms travelled and fare in exact change. This was done after a lot of protests from autorickshaw unions, probably the only city in India to have a neat and clean metering system. Just pay what is on the meter.
All rickshaws plying in the Municipal Corporation limits are supposed to charge fare according to tariff card. If you have complaints against auto drivers for not accepting short distance rides (or any rides), asking more meter fare, not using a meter, taking other passengers along the way, carrying more passengers than allowed capacity, stopping at bus stands or other similar complaints of serious nature, you can email or call the Road Transport Authorities at 020-22051414 or 020-27492828 (PCMC) or email rtopune [at] dataone [dot] in. Traffic cops usually come right away to the spot to book a complaint against the driver. Commuters can also send their MMS pictures at +91 9420218338. The complaints should clearly mention all details including the auto’s registration number, the time of taking the rickshaw, details of auto fare, the distance commuted, locations, date, time, nature of complaint.
This city was once known as the city of bicycles, but now it has turned into the city of motorcycles. Of late, there has been an improvement by addition of a number of bicycle tracks all over.
By suburban rail
The Pune Suburban Railway connects Pune to Lonavala, a small town en-route to Mumbai. There is only one line with seventeen stations; a second monorail line is under consideration by the government. Here is a list of all the stations, east to west. The places of interest are listed in brackets. Italics indicate the various modes of transport available at the destination station.
- Pune City (MRSTC, City Bus Stand, Autos, Taxis, PMC)
- Shivaji Nagar (MRSTC, Shivaji Nagar Bus Stand, Autos, PMC)
- Khadki (Ammunition Factory, BDL, Ring Sights India Pvt Ltd)
- Dapodi (CME Museum)
- Kasarwadi (Air Vents & Glass Factory)
- Pimpri (Pimpri Plant, TATA Plant)
- Chinchwad (Bride Industries Ltd)
- Akurdi (Force Motors Plant, Bajaj Tempo)
- Dehu Rd (Army AOC & ASC 512 Base repair Depots)
- Begdewadi (Loco Sheds)
- Talegaon Dabhade
- Wadgaon (PWD bungalow)
- Malavali (Vedanta Academy founded by Swami Parthasarathy, Karla Caves)
Though there is a lot of traffic in Pune you can't compare it to Cairo or Kolkata. Majority of the vehicle are two wheelers and apart from the peak hours the roads in Pune are sparsely filled. There are quite a few car rental agencies in Pune.