Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation

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Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
Bmtc logo.png
BMTC Volvo.jpg
BMTC Vajra Volvo B7RLE
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

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.[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. The Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) became the BMTC. BMTC remains a division of KSRTC.

Types of services[edit]

A BMTC Volvo bus
BMTC buses near Hebbal
BMTC Volvo buses near Hebbal

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.[6][7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.

BMTC has also introduced Mercedes Benz buses on a trial basis.[9] BMTC has also introduced buses powered by solar energyon trial basis in Bangalore.[10]

Major bus stations[edit]

BMTC has 34 bus stations across the city and the 3 major bus stations are located at:

  1. Majestic
  2. K. R. Market
  3. Shivajinagar

BMTC has 10 Travel and Transit Management centers (TTMCs) located at Shantinagar, Banashankari, Jaynagar 4th block, Koramangala, Kengeri, Yeswanthpur, Vijayanagar, Domlur, ITPL and Bannerghatta.[11]

Bus Day[edit]

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.[12] The 4th of every month is observed as a "Bus Day".[13]

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. ^ "CM flags off Atal Sarige for the poor". Express Buzz. 31 May 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "‘Atal Sarige’ launched in Bangalore". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 31 May 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  8. ^ BMTC to run Mercedes Benz buses on trial basis
  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. 

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