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The Bus System in Bangalore

The only available mode of public transport in Bangalore remains the good ole, humble bus. Most of the buses plying in the city belong to the state owned monopoly,  BMTC. These are supplemented by some privately owned mini buses that ply between the city and outlying villages.

If you are new to the city and have decided that taking a rick everyday is wrecking your budget, see a beginner's guide to using city buses in Bangalore for some helpful hints on how to get started.

Bangalore Muncipal Transport Corporation

The Bangalore Muncipal Transport Corporation (BMTC) is the new avatar of what was formerly a division of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and known as the Bangalore Tranport Services (BTS). The division was spun off into a separate body to focus on providing an efficient bus service for Bangalore.

Since it's incorporation in 1997, BMTC has made some impressive improvements and, wonder of wonders, is now actually a profit making body.  Under some inspired leadership, they have increased the number and frequency of routes, upgraded bus depots starting with the spanking new Shivaji Nagar bus stand, introduced colourful, chic bus stops and even managed to make the conductors more honest - they almost always give you a ticket for your money these days. Not to get left behind in tech savvy Bangalore, the rudiments of a website is up and running. And seeing that the Light Rail system is light years away, they have stepped up to plug the breach with an innovative yet simple intermediate solution they have dubbed the Metro Bus.

More power to you, sirs.

Recent Developments

Besides the MetroBus project, the BMTC is experimenting with a couple of new low-floored buses as well as a vestibule bus.

A major new depot in Shantinagar (near Lal Bagh) is on the cards, besides a few new minor depots in Electronic City, Whitefield etc.