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76,000 commuters in Bengaluru rely on BMTC metro feeder buses every day

Introduction


Bengaluru, known as India's Silicon Valley, is witnessing a significant surge in commuters relying on Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) metro feeder buses. With the recent inauguration of the complete Purple Line from Whitefield to Challagatta, the city's metro network is expanding, and so is the reach of its feeder bus services. In response to the growing demand for efficient last-mile connectivity, Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy shared insightful data during the winter session of the Assembly in Belagavi.


The Numbers

According to Minister Reddy, a staggering 76,468 passengers now utilize the 134 feeder bus services provided by BMTC daily. These buses undertake approximately 2,012 daily trips, connecting various metro stations and key areas across the city.


Key Routes and Ridership

One notable route, MF-5, has emerged as a frontrunner with the highest ridership, accommodating 13,949 passengers daily between Central Silk Board and Swami Vivekananda Metro station. These routes strategically link major tech corridors, including the Outer Ring Road (ORR), addressing the crucial last-mile connectivity issues faced by commuters.


Addressing Tech Corridors

The recently introduced feeder bus services aim to bolster connectivity between prominent tech corridors and metro stations. The routes connect Hoodi Metro Station to K.R. Puram, J.P. Nagar station to J.P. Nagar 7th Phase, Jayanagar 9th Block round trip, Banashankari to BTM Layout (Kuvempunagar), Chikkabanavara to Nagasandra, and K.R. Pura Metro Station to Central Silk Board. These expansions specifically cater to the needs of employees working in companies along the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and in the eastern and south-eastern regions of the city.


BMTC's Expansion Efforts

To meet the growing demand, BMTC is actively expanding its fleet of feeder bus services in Bengaluru. Presently, 38 buses, including both AC and non-AC variants, operate on four recently established feeder routes. The primary objective of these routes is to enhance metro accessibility, ensuring a seamless and convenient commuting experience for the tech-savvy workforce in Bengaluru.


Conclusion

As Bengaluru continues to evolve as a technology hub, the efficient functioning and expansion of BMTC metro feeder buses play a pivotal role in ensuring smooth connectivity for the city's workforce. The commitment of the Karnataka government and BMTC to address last-mile connectivity challenges reflects a forward-thinking approach, ultimately contributing to the city's reputation as a well-connected and commuter-friendly metropolis.

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