Travel on 14.5 m long bus now
By Express News Service - BANGALORE
24th June 2012 09:00 AM
The BMTC and Volvo together launched Asia’s first 14.5-metre long city bus here on Saturday.
Minister for Home and Transport R Ashok flagged off the first bus and travelled around the Lalbagh and back to the Shanthinagar TTMC.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, “The idea is to bring down the use of personal vehicles by promoting mass transport through such high-capacity buses and the Metro will soon be doing the same.”
“These buses are longer and have the capacity to carry more than 100 passengers and will also give better fuel efficiency. The ticket rates will be the same as in the existing Volvo buses,” he noted.
The trial bus made its first trip from the Shanthinagar TTMC to Hebbal.
Explaining the three month-long trial run planned for the buses, BMTC’s Chief Mechanical Engineer Anand said, “From Monday, we will have a trial run for the 500C route between Banashankari Bus Terminus and ITPL. After ten days, we will have it plying on routes between Kempegowda Bus Station and Kadugodi (335E), Attibele (360B) and the Bannerughatta National Park (365) and the 500D route between the Central Silk Board and Hebbal.”
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