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Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is a government agency that operates the public transport bus service in Bengaluru, India. It has the highest number of Volvo buses operated by a public transport company in India.[4][5][6] C.Shikha is the Managing Director of BMTC.

History

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. and the colour scheme of BTS was also changed from red to a blue and white combination. To this day BMTC still remains a division of K

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is a government agency that operates the public transport bus service in Bengaluru, India. It has the highest number of Volvo buses operated by a public transport company in India.[4][5][6] C.Shikha is the Managing Director of BMTC.

History

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. and the colour scheme of BTS was also changed from red to a blue and white combination. To this day BMTC still remains a division of KSRTC. The profits earned by BMTC are used to cover the losses from the NWKRTC and NEKRTC divisions of KSRTC.[7] Indian actor superstar Rajinikanth began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor.[8]

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. and the colour scheme of BTS was also changed from red to a blue and white combination. To this day BMTC still remains a division of KSRTC. The profits earned by BMTC are used to cover the losses from the NWKRTC and NEKRTC divisions of KSRTC.[7] Indian actor superstar Rajinikanth began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor.[8]

Types of services

A BMTC Volvo bus.
  • Suvarna: Similar fare to ordinary buses serving important feeder routes, painted in red or green/white scheme. Now merged with the regular ones with blue-white colour.
  • 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. Now same livery as the general ones.
  • 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. Now same livery as the general ones.
  • Atal Sarige: Low fare buses painted with Indian tri-colour livery.[9][10]
  • Vajra: Air conditioned Volvo buses painted in blue livery (earlier red) running on important routes serving the IT companies and major residential areas.
  • Vayu Vajra: Blue coloured (Earlier green/red) Volvo buses operated in 12 routes connecting to Kempegowda International Airport. Free Wi-Fi access is provided to the commuters in these buses.[11]
  • Marcopolo AC and Corona AC: Air conditioned buses with lower fare than Vajra services plying on select routes.(Marcopolo AC & Corona AC is now out of service )
  • Metro Feeder: Special buses running on 18 routes as feeder network to the Metro stations
  • Hop On Hop Off: This service was introduced for sightseeing in Bengaluru. It covers a route connecting about twenty landmarks of great historic, religious and scientific significance.(no service now)
  • BMTC has also introduced Mercedes Benz buses on a trial basis.[12] BMTC has also introduced buses powered by solar energy on trial basis in Bengaluru.[13]

    The 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.[14] [12] BMTC has also introduced buses powered by solar energy on trial basis in Bengaluru.[13]

    The 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.[14] [15]

    Major bus stations

    BMTC Bus Station on Mysore Road

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

    1. Kempegowda Bus Station, Majestic
    2. K. R. Market
    3. Shivajinagar

    BMTC has 10 Travel and Transit Management centers (TTMCs) located at Shantinagar, Banashankari, Jayanagar 4th

    The 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.[14] [15]

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

    1. Kempegowda Bus Station, Majestic
    2. K. R. Market
    3. Shivajinagar

    BMTC has 10 Travel and Transit Management centers (TTMCs) located at Shantinagar, Banashankari, Jayanagar 4th block, Koramangala, Kengeri, Yeswanthpur, Vijayanagar, Domlur, ITPL and Mysore Road Satellite Bus Station.Shantinagar, Banashankari, Jayanagar 4th block, Koramangala, Kengeri, Yeswanthpur, Vijayanagar, Domlur, ITPL and Mysore Road Satellite Bus Station.[16]

    The other major bus stands include: Yelahanka, K R Puram, Srinagar, Vidyaranya Pura, Yelahanka, K R Puram, Srinagar, Vidyaranya Pura, Basaweshwara Bus Stand, Uttarahalli, Channamanakere Achukattu, Basaveshwaranagar, Malleshwaram 18th Cross

    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.[17] 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 (7.0¢ US) and can be recharged for up to 10,000 (US$140). 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.[18]

    Bus Day

    Introd

    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.[19] The 4th of every month is observed as a "Bus Day".[20]

    Bus Priority Lane

    1. ^ "Kharola appointed BMRCL MD". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 10 August 2013.