If you didn’t convert to a bus commuter last month, here is another chance. BMTC has solicited citizen support and cooperation for March Bus Day on Thursday, 4th March 2010, after a moderately successful first time event on February 4th.
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BMTC says they have taken into account feedback about February Bus Day and have made arrangements for a better experience for March Bus Day. They have added new routes and new corridors.
This time, BMTC is focusing on the following five corridors of the city, where buses will ply more frequently:
• Old Madras Road
• Banerghatta Road
• Old Airport Road
• Hosur Road
• Sarjapura Road.
Special shuttle services are to be run between 7.30 am – 11.30 am and 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm. The following are the planned services: (See map)
• Whitefield loop – ITPL feeder every 10 minutes
• Bagmane Tech Park – Silk Board circuit every 20 minutes.
• Electronic City loop
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Organisations and firms are also supporting and encouraging commuters to adopt public transportation. IT firm Wipro has come up with special initiatives for bus day including free passes. Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) has announced raffle prizes of 10 Vajra Monthly passes (Valid for April, 2010) for travel on March Bus Day.
A BMTC Special Pass Counter is functional at Ecospace Main Gate from February 25th till March 4th, Bus-Day from 10am to 5pm. BMTC Volvo Bus Passes will be issued in Ecospace Main Gate, Bellandur Outer Ring Road. The counter space was provided by ORRCA.
New route connects Marathahalli to Electronics City via Sarjapur road
BMTC introduced two new routes 340Q and 341H a few weeks back from St John’s Junction, Koramangala to Electronic City through Sarjapur Road. Based on feedback from commuters, and higher demand from Marathahalli side, the starting point has been changed for both the services from this week to Marathahalli.
• 341 H – Marathahalli to Electronics City via Haralur Road and return.
This is also helpful for Haralur road residents to reach Electronic City in a very short time.
• 340 Q – Marathahalli to Electronics City via Hosa Road (Jail Road) and return.
This route is especially useful for Wipro, Sarjapur Road employees and residents on Sarjapur Road to reach Electronics city.
Both these routes can be used by Whitefield residents who can reach Marathahalli with the new Whitefield loop buses.