If you think the onset of the Metro Rail in Bangalore will ease your commuting, what Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has planned will almost be luxury for you, which could well tempt you to leave your private transport back home to reach your destination.
Not just that, the BMTC ticket fares as well as the integrated ticket rates for Metro-BMTC have been released to the public.
BMTC has already finalised 26 feeder bus routes around the six Metro stations along the Byappanahalli—MG road metro corridor, which is the Reach 1 of the Metro Rail project.
The routes will revolve exclusively around the Metro stations and to and fro the routes will be shaped as the figure ‘8’. BMTC will deploy a total of 64 buses plying on a 10-minute frequency from each of the six stations of Reach 1 from Byappanahalli to MG Road from the day the metro is thrown open to public – most probably in March.
While Byappanahalli, Indiranagar, Halasuru and MG road have five routes surrounding these stations, there are two and four routes, respectively, to feed SV road and Trinity circle stations.
“Feeder bus services will be a separate brand and will be easily recognisable by people on the roads,” said Arun J Chakravarthy, director of security and vigilance, BMTC. Of these 64 buses, 10 will be mini buses (Swaraj Mazda), while others will be the bigger buses.
These buses will be silver-coloured, carrying the ‘Namma Metro’ engine logo on its body to help the public identify the Metro Rail feeder services easily.
Currently the buses are being fabricated at the Indiranagar depot and some of them will be displayed when officials from the state and centre jointly inspect the Reach 1 tracks.