Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation

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Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation logo.png
ParentKarnataka State Road Transport Corporation
Founded1997[1] [2]
HeadquartersCentral Office, Kengal Hanumanthaiah Road, Shanthinagara, Bangalore
Service areaBangalore Metropolitan Region
Service typeLocal, limited-stop, express, and BRT bus service
Fleet6,501 [3]
OperatorGovernment of Karnataka

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is a government agency that operates the public transport bus service in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India. It has the highest number of Volvo buses operated by a public transport company in India.[4][5][6] Since September 2021, V Anbu Kumar, IAS has served as the Managing Director (MD) of BMTC.[7]


The BMTC is one of the three Subsidiaries of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, in the context of the city's expansion in the year 1997, Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) was formed. Later, Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) became Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). Initially, the livery of BTS was also changed from red-white of the then KSRTC livery to a unique livery of light blue-white. To this day BMTC still remains a subsidiary of KSRTC. The profits earned by BMTC are used to cover the losses from the NWKRTC and KKRTC divisions of KSRTC.[8] Indian actor superstar Rajinikanth began acting in plays while working in the then Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor.[9]


  • Bengaluru Sarige: Non-AC buses with a Blue-white livery connecting all parts of the Metropolitan area.
  • Samparka: Mini non-AC buses with a orange livery (earlier blue) connecting neighborhoods to nearby bus station. Usually covering shorter distances.
  • Nimbus: Non-AC buses with a blue-white livery and AC buses with a light blue livery. These buses ply on special bus lanes.
  • Vajra: AC buses with a light blue livery (earlier red livery) running on important routes serving the teck parks and major residential areas.
  • Vayu Vajra: AC buses with a light blue livery (earlier red and green) connecting 23 routes in the Metropolitan area to Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport. Free Wi-Fi access is provided to the commuters in these buses.[10]

Former services[edit]

  • Parisara Vahini/Parisara Snehi: Regular Non-AC buses with a light blue-white, dark blue, blue-white or grey colour liveries over the time. Merged with Bengaluru Sarige.
  • Suvarna Sarige: Non-AC buses with a green or red livery, similar fare to Jana Sarige buses served important feeder routes. Merged with Bengaluru Sarige.
  • Samartha Sarige/BIG Trunk: Non-AC buses with a green livery served trunk routes from downtown to the suburbs. Merged with Bengaluru Sarige.
  • Nera Sarige/BIG 10: Non-AC buses with a special green and bottle green livery plied on 12 major corridors towards the central commercial district. These buses are numbered with a G prefix. Merged with Bengaluru Sarige.
  • Samvrutha Sarige/BIG Circle: Non-AC buses with special white BIG Circle livery. These buses plied on inner and outer ring roads . Buses are numbered with a C prefix or a K prefix. Merged with Bengaluru Sarige.
  • Metro Feeder: Non-AC buses with pink lined on grey-white livery. Running as feeder services between stations of Namma Metro. Buses are numbered with a MF prefix. Merged with Bengaluru Sarige.
  • Atal Sarige: Non-AC Low fare buses with an Indian tri-colour livery. Currently defunct[11][12]
  • Pushpak Sarige/Janapriya Vahini: Non-AC buses with a beige-white livery used to ply only with a driver who also issues ticket and has only one entrance and exit. Currently defunct.
  • Marcopolo AC, UD AC and Corona AC: AC low fare buses with a white or light blue livery plied on select routes. Currently defunct
  • Hop On Hop Off/Bengaluru Darshini: AC buses with a special livery of pencil sketch depiction of important sites in Bangalore on a white background. This service was introduced for sightseeing in Bangalore. It covered routes connecting about twenty landmarks of great historic, religious and scientific significance. Currently defunct.

Future plans and services[edit]

BMTC has introduced Mercedes Benz buses[13] and buses powered by solar energy on trial basis in Bangalore.[14]

BMTC announced that it would acquire 150 electric buses by September 2017. The project will be funded by the Union Government's Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles scheme of National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020.[15] [16]

BMTC has announced that 90 electric buses will be launched in the city on a trial basis by October to resolve the last-mile connectivity problems of Namma Metro passengers.

The buses are being launched by BMTC with Smart City Bangalore and the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. Officials said JBM Auto Limited, an automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Gurugram, will despatch the 90 mini electric buses at a cost of 130 crore.

uses will be operated on a Gross Cost Contract (GCC) basis, according to which the private firm will not only supply the buses, but also take full responsibility for operations, maintenance and will provide drivers as well.[17]

Bus Stations[edit]


BMTC's Kempegowda Bus Station

Major Bus Stations

Minor Bus Stations

Travel and Transit Management Centers (TTMCs)

Smart card[edit]

BMTC unveiled a smart card for its bus services for the first time in June 2016. The company introduced smart cards on trial-basis on BMTC Bus No. 335 operating between Majestic and Kadugodi bus stations in March 2017.[19] Apart from serving as an identification document, the smart cards can be used to purchase bus tickets and also swiped at point-of-sale (POS) enabled merchant establishments. The card costs 5 (6.6¢ US) and can be recharged for up to 10,000 (US$130). Recharges higher than 10,000 require the customer to provide identification. According to Axis Bank, the BMTC's partner in the project, the smart card is India's "first open loop EMV contactless smart card". The cards "open-loop" structure allows other agencies to integrate their smart card schemes by adopting the standards of the BMTC smart card.[20]

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.[21] The 4th of every month is observed as a "Bus Day".[22]

Bus Priority Lane[edit]

BMTC along with BTP initiated the Bus Lanes in Outer Ring Road branded as Nimbus. Bus lanes give priority to buses, cutting down on journey times where roads are congested with other traffic especially private cars and increasing the reliability of buses. The introduction of bus lanes can significantly assist in the reduction of air pollution due to individual cars and traffic pile up because of cars.[23]

Intelligent Transport System[edit]

Old interface of the MyBMTC app
Newly improvised interface of the MyBMTC app

To benefit the commuters and promote the usage of public transportation, the BMTC launched its Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on 25 May 2016.[24] Under this project, BMTC buses were equipped with GPS in a phased manner which would transmit the location of the bus to the ITS control room. A mobile app was launched on the android platform which was made available in two languages, English and Kannada. The app provides information about bus routes and bus stops. Real time location of buses on a particular route can also be tracked, which requires the users to switch on the GPS on their device. In 2017, BMTC would be introduced prepaid smart cards for commuting, which eliminated the need to pay the exact amount of change.[25]


Parisara Vahini/Parisara Snehi

Nera Sarige (BIG 10)


Corona AC

Hop On Hop Off/Bengaluru Darshini

See also[edit]

List of bus depots in Karnataka


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