While Namma Metro’s first commercial run is yet to be announced, BMTC has already identified feeder routes to the Byappanahalli-Chinnaswamy Stadium Reach-1 stretch. In fact, the corporation has already designed some of the buses in the Metro coach colours. The dedicated feeder buses, with altered interiors, will operate within a six-km radius of each of the six stations on Reach-1.
A total of 26 feeder routes have been identified for Reach-1. From the MG Road station, these buses will connect points like Commercial Street, Cantonment Railway Station, Corporation Bus Stand, Brigade Road, Shoolay Circle, Mallya Hospital, Residency Road and Lavelle Road. The six stations on Reach-1 are Byappanahalli, SV Road, CMH Road, Ulsoor,Trinity Circle and MG Road.
A BMTC official said, “The feeder service will connect Metro stations to points like malls and high streets with commercial activities. Of the six Reach-1 stations, Byappanahalli and MG Road will be connected by the maximum number of buses.
BMTC sources said the feeder service was decided on after studying a similar service for the Delhi Metro. BMTC will operate 64 buses in and out of the six Reach-1 stations, of which 10 will be mini-buses.
The feeder service will connect the CMH Road station to points like the Leela Palace bus stand, Manipal Hospital, HAL main gate and Domlur. The Byappanahalli station will be linked to Ramamurthy Nagar, Jeevanbhima Nagar, Kodihalli and Kasturi Nagar, while the Trinity Circle station will be connected to Garuda Mall, Lake Side Hospital, Life Style, Ashirvadam Circle and Austin Town.
However, the feeder routes identified are not final and are subject to change once BMRCL starts operations on Reach-1. An official said, “There may be some additions or deletions in the feeder routes, based on passenger response.”
The dedicated BMTC buses will be painted in Metro coach colours and will have LED signboards. However, they they will not be air-conditioned. A BMTC official said, “It is not feasible to operate air-conditioned buses for short distances.”
By Suchith.Kidiyoor @timesgroup.com