Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation

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Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
Bmtc logo.png
BMTC Volvo.jpg
BMTC Vajra - Volvo BS4
Slogan Moving you most economically
Bringing Bangalore to your doorstep
Founded 1997[1]
Headquarters Central Office, K H Road, Shanthinagar, Bangalore
Locale Bangalore
Service area Bangalore Urban
Service type Local, limited-stop, express, and BRT bus service
Fleet 6745[2]
Daily ridership 4,950,000[2]
Operator Government of Karnataka
Website official website

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, abbreviated as BMTC, is a government agency that operates the public transport bus service in Bangalore, India.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

Inside a BMTC bus.

The BMTC was formed in 1997, as the result of a split of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, in the context of the Bangalore's expansion. The Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) became the BMTC, and the colour scheme was changed from red to a blue and white combination. BMTC remains a division of KSRTC.

Types of services[edit]

A BMTC Volvo bus.
BMTC Buses standing in Hebbal Bus Bay, Bangalore, on Outer Ring Road.
BMTC Volvo Buses standing in Hebbal Bus Bay, under the flyover, near ORR Bangalore
  • Red buses: Introduced w.e.f December 2011, the buses belong to new batch of ordinaries that have arrived in the city with BS IV emission norms-majority of them are red in colour and a few of them in the light blue colour
  • Suvarna: Silver coloured with red lining. Earlier they had Re.1 higher fare than ordinary. Since the revision of fares in June 2010, Suvarna and Ordinary bus tickets cost the same. Many Suvarna buses are now being re-painted into the white and blue color or converted into Big cirlce/Small Circle buses/Metro Feeder services
  • BIG 10: BIG10 services deploy (Suvarna class of) buses branded in green and bottle green on 12 major corridors coming in from surrounding sub-urbs in the city - Hosur road, Bannerghatta road, Sarjpura road, Kanakapura road, Mysore road etc. These buses are run on a direction based concept where the commuter takes the next (high frequency, every 15 minutes) bus in his/her direction of travel, and if need be, makes a change over to another bus to reach the destination. The service terminates on different points on the radius of the city core, to avoid congesting the city centre. These buses are numbered with a G prefix.
  • BIG Circle: These buses are white colored with BIG Circle written on the sides and it also has arrows painted in green, red, orange and black. These buses ply on ring roads connecting various parts of the city. Some of these buses are numbered with a C prefix and others are numbered with a K prefix(small circle on Inner Ring road).
  • Pushpak: Launched in the late 90s. Single door bus with/without conductors. Driver acts as conductor when there is no conductor (Janapriya Vahini). These are coffee coloured buses with fares similar to Suvarna. Generally provided on contract to IT companies and schools
  • Vajra: Hi-tech buses from Volvo running on routes serving the IT companies' locations and various residential routes as well. Higher fares about 1.5 to 3 times that of ordinary depending on the route. LED boards.
  • Vayu Vajra: Volvo buses to airport operated from 12 routes. Free Wi-Fi access is provided to the commuters in these buses.[6]
  • Atal Sarige: Low-cost buses with single seats along the windows and LED display. Have a tri-colour outside. On 1 June 2009, to celebrate their first anniversary, the Government of Karnataka and the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation sold off a pro-poor bus service called the Atal Sarige. The service aims at providing low-cost connectivity for the economically backward sections of the society to the nearest major bus station.[7][8]
  • Marcopolo AC: Buses from Tata-Marcopolo collaboration introduced under the JnNURM scheme. Their fare is costilier by 1.5times the fare of ordinary buses. Usually ply on routes where volvo is not popular.
  • Metro Feeder: Introduced w.e.f October 2011 after the launch of the 1st line of metro, these buses have painting similar to the colour of the Metro train and running on 10 routes as feeder to the Metro stations
  • ORRCA: BMTC and Outer Ring Road Company Associations together working for Common Bus Routing Services (CBRS)

BMTC has also introduced Mercedes Benz buses on a trial basis.[9] BMTC would be introducing buses powered by solar energy in Bangalore.[10] BMTC has introduced fully electric and hybrid electric buses in public transport to reduce ticket prices against increasing diesel prices and keep environment clean.

Major bus stations[edit]

  1. Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic): Located in central Bangalore, right opposite the Bangalore City railway station, this station provides connectivity to all the areas of Bangalore. It also houses a depot within its premises.
  2. K. R. Market: The bus station connects large areas of Bangalore and far off destinations like Anekal and Hosur. The area is also unique for being a hub for private bus services operating out of the city.
  3. Shivajinagar: Located in one of Bengaluru's commercial areas and about 2 km from Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station.
  4. Shantinagar Bus Station: Buses towards neighbouring states Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu(SETC only) and Telangana operate out of this station. The central offices of KSRTC and BMTC are right next to the station. The area also houses BMTC Depots 2 and 3. It is well connected to South and South East Bangalore and the Majestic and Shivajinagar areas.
  5. Mysore Road Satellite Bus Station: Located on Mysore road, this bus station is well connected to Vijayanagar and Chamrajpet apart from K.R Market and Kempegowda Bus Station.All TNSTC buses towards Tamilnadu and Ksrtc Buses towards Kerala start from Here
  6. Banashankari Bus Station: This TTMC is located on Kanakapura Road. It is well connected to areas around the Inner and Outer ring road.
  7. Jaynagar 4th block Bus Station: This TTMC is located in Jaynagar 4th block near the shopping complex.

Other TTMCs are located in Kengeri, Koramangala, Yeshawanthapura, Vijayanagar, Domlur, ITPL and Bannerghatta.[11]

Bus Day[edit]

Introduced on 4 February 2010. It is an event calling all the citizens of Bangalore to use public transport. The idea behind Bus Day is to observe the changes which can be brought in the city in trying to respect Environment, Traffic Situation, Health of individuals Perception. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) campaigned for this day long event with support from the traffic police, Information Technology companies and their employees, and members of Praja.in (a web portal for civic activism).[12] Since then the 4th of every month is observed as a "Bus Day".[13]

Intelligent transport system[edit]

The BMTC's Intelligent Transport System (ITS) was planned to launch in 2013. The INR690 million (US$11 million) system will set up electronic ticketing machines (ETMs), which allow the swiping of smart cards for fare collection. The smart cards can also be used on KSRTC buses, the Namma Metro, and also for debit and credit transactions. The co-branded cards, by the issuing bank and BMTC, are also debit or credit cards.

The ITS also includes vehicle tracking systems and passenger information systems that provide real time information to passengers regarding the arrival of buses. All BMTC buses will be fitted with GPS tracking, which will allow the monitoring of deviation in routes, and also more accurate prediction of when buses will arrive at a station. This information will be relayed to commuters through LED display boards that will be installed in 35 bus stations in the city. As of January 2014, no further deadline has been set.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kharola appointed BMRCL MD". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 10 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "BMTC at a glance". Mybmtc.com. 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Volvo's first city buses in India operating". Volvo Buses. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Volvo to foray into city bus segment in India". Businessline. 9 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Volvo intra-city buses to hit B'lore roads on Jan 17". The Financial Express. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  6. ^ BMTC to run Mercedes Benz buses on trial basis
  7. ^ "CM flags off Atal Sarige for the poor". Express Buzz. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "‘Atal Sarige’ launched in Bangalore". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 31 May 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Bangalore, August 28, DHNS:. "Mercedes bus trial run over next month". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  10. ^ "Apoorva Renewable Energy to make solar-electric buses for transport body". 8 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "BMTC Bus Stations". mybmtc.com. BMTC. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "February 4th is 'Bus Day' in Bangalore". Bangalore Aviation. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Bangalore Bus Day- Feb 4th: Citizen Matters". Bangalore.citizenmatters.in. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  14. ^ Francis, Merlin. "Travel in bus, Metro and shop with smart cards". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 

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