Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation

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Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
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 6154[2]
Daily ridership 4,300,000
Operator Government of Karnataka
Website official website

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, (Kannada: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾನಗರ ರಸ್ತೆ ಸಾರಿಗೆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ) abbreviated to BMTC, is a government agency that operates the public transport bus service in Bangalore, India.[3][4][5]


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

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.


Fares of BMTC are considered to be the highest in the country with respect to the starting stages. However they are not very costly in the later stages. They range from Rs 4/- a km in the first stages to Rs 1/- per km as the distance increases.

The highlight of the BMTC is the daily pass provided at Rs. 60/- per day (Rs 55/- for those having BMTC identity cards). It can be used for travel in any bus except the air conditioned ones. It is valid up to midnight on the day of purchase and available with all conductors. AC Bus pass is available for Rs. 120/-[11] A Rs. 70 bus pass is available for travel in all non-AC and Marcopolo-AC buses for one calendar day.

On producing ID cards (voter's card, driving license, etc.), BMTC provides concession of 25% in fares to senior citizens in all types of buses. This came into effect on 1 September 2008.

Children below the age of 12 are given 50% concession.

Intelligent Transport System[edit]

The BMTC's Intelligent Transport System (ITS) was planned to launch in 2013. The INR690 million (US$12 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.[12]

Major bus stations[edit]

1. Kempe gowda Bus Station: This is right opposite the city railway station. Bus services are available to the entire city from here. A depot is present here within the station.

2. K. R. Market: Another important bus station located in an area with many private bus services. Buses are available to all parts of Bangalore besides far off Anekal and Hosur.

3. Shivajinagar: Located in one of Bengaluru's commercial areas and about 2 km from Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station.

4. Shantinagar: Near the Central office of KSRTC and BMTC. BMTC Depot 2 and Depot 3 are located here. It is well connected to South and South East Bangalore and the Majestic and Shivajinagar areas.

5. MCTC: Located on Mysore road. Well connected to Mysore road, Vijayanagar and Chamrajpet apart from Market and Majestic (Kempegowda Bus Station).

6. Banashankari Bus Station: This is another important bus station located on Kanakapura Road, close to the Outer Ring Road. It is well connected to all the areas on the inner and outer ring road. 201, 500,501, 600 are the important routes which start/pass through Banashankari. From K R market, all buses between 211 and 217B pass through Banashankari. The TTMC was inaugurated on 4 December 2011.

7. Jaynagar 4th block Bus station:this is located in jaynagar 4th block near the shopping is a very busy bus station because of jaynagar being a great shopper's attraction.


BMTC has six bus stations in Bangalore. Apart from these, it also has a number of minor terminuses. It has 42 depots spread all over Bangalore (Depots 1 & 5 are closed because they have been converted as TTMC) out of which 40 are operational.

BMTC is also constructing modern bus stations at 10 places in its first phase. These will have places to park vehicles and a separate waiting room for airport-bound passengers with the timings displayed. As of April 2013, the stations at Jayanagar 4th block, Kengeri, Vijayanagar, Bannerghatta, Yeshawantapura, Shivajinagar, Shantinagar, Koramangala, Domlur and ITPL have been opened.


Depot 1 Shanti Nagar-1(closed & converted as TTMC)

Depot 2 Shanti Nagar-2

Depot 3 Shanti Nagar-3

Depot 4 Jayanagar(Jayanagar 4th'T'BLOCK)

Depot 5 Vijayanagar(closed & converted as TTMC)

Depot 6 Indiranagar(NEAR INDIRANAGAR RTO)

Depot 7 Subhashnagar(KBS)*

Depot 8 Yeshwanthpur-1(TTMC)

Depot 9 Peenya-1

Depot 10 Hennur

Depot 11 Yelahanka-1(PUTTENEHALLI)

Depot 12 Kengeri-1(near KMS FACTORY)

Depot 13 Kamakya*

Depot 14 R T Nagar

Depot 15 Koramangala (TTMC)

Depot 16 Deepanjalinagar (BEHIND BCD-5 DEPOT)

Depot 17 Chandralayout

Depot 18 Whitefield(ITPL-TTMC)*

Depot 19 Electronic City(bus-stand)

Depot 20 Banashankari(Kaveri Nagar)

Depot 21 Rajarajeshwarinagar (Chikkalasandra)

Depot 22 Peenya-2(adjacent to D-9)

Depot 23 Kalyana Nagara (bus-stand)

Depot 24 K R Puram-1(CWS-2 CAMPUS)

Depot 25 H S R Layout*

Depot 26 Yeshwanthpur-2(TTMC,adjacent to D-8)

Depot 27 Jigani(Jigani 100ft Road)


Depot 29 K R Puram-2(near K.R.PURAM BUS STAND)

Depot 30 Yelahanka-2(PUTTENEHALLI,adjacent to D-11)

Depot 31 Srigandhada kavalu

Depot 32 Surya City (Chandapura)

Depot 33 Poorna Pragna Layout(Uttarahalli)

Depot 34 Kothannur Dinne(J.P.Nagara 8th phase)

Depot 35 Kannahalli(Magadi Road)

Depot 36 Bidadi

Depot 37 Kengeri-2 (Kengeri TTMC )

Depot 38 Chikkanagamangala (Electronic city-Huskur road)

Depot 39 Hoskote

Depot 40 Nelamangala (Dasanapura)

Depot 41 Gunjur

Depot 42 Kodathi(Harosiddapura)


of these DEPOT-36 is located in Ramnagara district & DEPOTS-39 & 40 in Bangalore Rural district


  • BMTC introduces multi-axle volvo buses for local transport for the first time[13] in the country. This 14.5 meter long buses can accommodate 55 percent more passenger compared to normal volvo buses.[14]
  • BMTC was the first in the country to introduce intra-city Volvo buses. Earlier, they were well received on the IT sector routes but are now patronised on all routes in the city.
  • It has the record for making profits consistently for years.
  • It has the youngest fleet of buses in the country due to which the KMPL is also higher compared to other undertakings.
  • BMTC is one of the few undertakings to introduce pneumatic doors in India even in its fleet of ordinary buses to provide safety for passengers. Currently, buses in Chennai and Hyderabad have adopted this system.
  • Operates the longest city bus route in India: Route no. 600 (circular bus route) which starts from Banashankari and covers 117 kilometres (73 mi) round trip to reach Banashankari, covering BTM layout 100 feet road, Hosur Road, NH-207 (Attibelle to Varthur), ITPL, K. R. Puram, Hebbal, NH-4 (Tumkur Road), SH-17 (Mysore Road), Banashankari Ring Road. It traverses an entire circle covering these places to reach Banashankari.
  • Introduced the first Zero Emission Electric bus in India

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 (a web portal for civic activism).[15] Since then the 4th of every month is observed as a "Bus Day".[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ BMTC fleet
  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. 31 May 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Mercedes bus trial run over next month
  10. ^ "Apoorva Renewable Energy to make solar-electric buses for transport body". 8 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation". Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Enter longer, low-floor Volvos". Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Enter longer, low-floor Volvos". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "February 4th is 'Bus Day' in Bangalore". Bangalore Aviation. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Bangalore Bus Day- Feb 4th: Citizen Matters". 4 February 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 

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