Buses in Bangalore

The population density of Bangalore needs no special mention – being a new found Indian city, born out of the nation’s need for a metropolitan population dedicated to the service sector, especially Information Technology, the city has seen a deluge of visitors in the last two decades.

What was triggered by the historic 1991 reforms in India has today led Bangalore in becoming one of the fastest developing cities of the country and even challenging some of the foreign ones with its stupendous rate of evolution.

The one factor that has been overwhelmingly responsible for Bangalore’s rise to the top echelons of well managed Indian cities is its well coordinated transport – from buses to cabs to autos, the modes of transport in Bangalore are quite well developed when compared to some of the other Indian cities.

Buses in Bangalore constitute the most important organ of its transport – ferrying hordes of people from one place to another inside as well as outside the city, with the buses crisscrossing almost every nook and corner of the length and breadth of the city.
In this article, we shall talk about all the necessary things concerned with bus transport in Bangalore and take a nuanced look at the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus service.


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Major bus stations in Bangalore

An elementary idea of all the major bus stands in the city is of paramount importance to anyone who wishes to understand the way buses in Bangalore operate on a day to day basis.

  1. K.R. Market bus station – The location of this bus stand coincides with a hub of private buses in Bangalore. With its strategically important location, this bus stand houses buses that circulate all throughout the city while also catering to the needs of travelers with destinations as far as Hosur and Anekal.
  2. Banashankari bus station Located on the Kanakapura Road, this bus station is well connected to most areas on the Inner Ring and Outer Ring Road. Some of the most important buses in Bangalore which pass through this bus station belong to heavily populated routes like 201, 500 and 600.
  3. Kempegowda bus station Located right across the Bangalore City Railway Station, this bus station houses a well managed depot inside it. The centralized position of the bus stand in the city makes it one of the most important ones in and around Bangalore.
  4. Shivajinagar bus station – This bus stand is just a couple of kilometers away from the Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station and is located in one of the most important commercial areas of the city.
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BMTC bus service and its history

Bangalore’s public transport buses are operated by the government agency BMTC, an abbreviation for Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. It was due to the growing needs of Bangalore city and its subsequent expansion in 1997 that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) was split and the BMTC was born.

The name of (BTS) was changed to BMTC and a blue-white toned colour combination was chosen over the previously prevalent red versions for the public bus service in Bangalore. However, inspite of the division of the mother body of KSRTC, BMTC is still under its indirect control.

Types of bus transport in Bangalore

  1. Red’ category buses These belong to the latest brand of public buses in Bangalore, mainly with red or light blue color to adorn their exteriors. The incorporation of the BS IV emission norms in these buses has made them environment friendly, without compromising on the quality of their services.
  2. Suvarna bus transport in Bangalore With their silver-red coloring, these buses constitute the next higher level after the ordinary red buses. A revision of bus fares in Bangalore in mid 2010 obliterated the 1 rupee superiority in fare that these buses enjoyed over their ordinary compatriots. At present, some of the Suvarna buses are being amalgamated with the other categories to make them more useful to the city’s public transport.
  3. Big Circle buses – These public transport vehicles are easily recognizable from a distance because of their glamorous white color with the words Big Circle painted on their sides. Several arrows of different colours are also painted on the body of the buses to convey various meanings. Most of these buses are seen operating on the ring roads that interconnect most parts of Bangalore.
  4. Vayu Vajra buses These are highly sophisticated Volvo buses that ferry commuters from various parts of the city to the airport. The exciting part about traveling in these buses is the free Wi-Fi access that is granted to the commuters. Generally, 12 routes are used by these buses for their daily operations.
  5. Metro Feeder buses These buses came into existence following the inception of the Bangalore Metro railway network in 2011. As their name suggests, they act as ‘feeders’ to the Metro stations by coordinating with the operations of the new found Metro railway.

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