Three years after it’s launch, Bengaluru’s popular BIG-10 arterial route service is going upscale. Starting May 4th, BMTC is rolling out AC Volvo versions of BIG-10 along three routes, to complement the current non-AC services. Fourth of every month is observed as Bus Day in Bengaluru to encourage public transport.
Starting May 4th, BIG-10 Volvo AC buses are going to run along Hosur Road, Bannerghatta Road and HAL Airport Road/Whitefield Road. G-3’s AC version, will run from Shivajinagar Bus Station to Electronic City and will be called AC-3.
Likewise, G-4’s AC version, running from Shivajinagar Bus Station to Bannerghatta National Park, will be called AC-4. AC-1 will run from Kempegowda Bus Station to Sri Sathya Sai Hospital, Kadugodi, in parallel with G-1. Citizen Matters received this information from a highly placed official who responded on behalf of BMTC’s Chief Traffic Manager Operations.
BMTC says it chose to launch AC buses along Hosur Road, Bannerghatta Road and HAL Airport Road because these are the most profitable presently.
"The introduction of AC services will provide multiple grades of service on the same route, and let customers have more choice”, says Ashwin Mahesh, advisor to BMTC and ABIDe member.
Mahesh adds that he has recommended that BMTC run the AC and non-AC routes in an integrated manner. “Customers should be able to tell that every third or fourth bus on the route will be air-conditioned, then they’ll be able to decide whether to wait for an AC service or not. This kind of predictability will improve patronage”, he says. As more vehicles are procured, BMTC should introduce these on all the BIG-10 routes, he feels.
Currently, BMTC is operating 479 Volvo Buses, 92 AC Suvarna (Tata Marcopolo) buses and 10 Carona Buses in the AC segment. “It is planned to augment 100 Volvo and 15 Corona buses this year”, says the CTMO, indicating that AC services are expanding further in Bengaluru. ⊕