Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
BMTC Vajra Volvo B7RLE
|Slogan||Moving you most economically
Bringing Bangalore to your doorstep
|Headquarters||Central Office, K H Road, Shanthinagar, Bangalore|
|Service area||Bangalore Urban|
|Service type||Local, limited-stop, express, and BRT bus service|
|Operator||Government of Karnataka|
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, abbreviated as BMTC, is a government agency that operates the public transport bus service in Bangalore, India. It has the highest number of Volvo buses operated by a public transport company in India.
The BMTC was formed in 1997, as the result of a split of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. The Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) became the BMTC. BMTC remains a division of KSRTC.
Types of services
The following are the special services apart from ordinary services run by BMTC:
- Suvarna: Similar fare to ordinary buses serving important feeder routes, painted in red or green/white scheme
- Pushpak: Single door buses with coffee coloring scheme
- BIG 10: Suvarna class buses with special green and bottle green livery plying on 12 major corridors towards the central commercial district. These buses are numbered with a G prefix.
- BIG Circle: Suvarna class buses with special white colored BIG Circle livery. These buses ply on inner and outer ring roads . Buses are numbered with a C prefix or a K prefix.
- Atal Sarige: Low fare buses painted with Indian tri-colour livery.
- Vajra: Air conditioned Volvo buses painted in red livery running on important routes serving the IT companies and major residential areas.
- Vayu Vajra: Custom made ac Volvo buses operated in 12 routes connecting to Kempegowda International Airport. Free Wi-Fi access is provided to the commuters in these buses.
- Marcopolo AC and Corona AC: Air conditioned buses with lower fare than Vajra services plying on select routes.
- Metro Feeder: Special buses running on 10 routes as feeder network to the Metro stations
- Hop On Hop Off: This service was introduced for sightseeing in Bangalore. It covers a route connecting about twenty landmarks of great historic, religious and scientific significance.
Major bus stations
BMTC has 34 bus stations across the city and the 3 major bus stations are located at:
Introduced on 4 February 2010, Bus Day 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 4th of every month is observed as a "Bus Day".
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