Volvo goes cheaper!

Good to hear this, From April 15, 2007 BMTC has slashed the Volvo ticket prices buy 20%; the minimum price has been dropped to Rs 10 which earlier it was Rs.12.

[Image reused from Rajesh’s earlier post here]

Still I am not sure whether the reduced fare is only applicable during Happy Hours (11AM to 4 PM) or on both Happy & Peak hours.
Currently there are 60 Volvo’s running in Bangalore city.

Happy Volvo rides!!!

13 Comments so far

  1. Suyog (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    This is good news. BMTC should invest more in Volvos and this should in turn spurn our BBCC to widen roads in Bangalore.

  2. Suyog (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 1:47 am

    Was just having a look at the other metblogs of indian cities and I have to say that the Blore one beats them ny miles. Just wanted to convey my hearty congrats to the entire metblogs blore team for their excellent regular coverage regarding issues pertaining to our beloved city.

  3. Chitra (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    As an aside, would you know where I can look for a schedule of the Volvo buses? I would love to know. Thanks!

  4. Vasanth (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Here is the link.

    It is a mixed response. Volvo is becoming popular towards IT Corridors and not in residential layouts. Recently introduced 45H to Kattriguppe goes empty. What common people in Bangalore who travel daily by bus is to introduce more number of ordinary buses than volvo since we can get 5 buses instead of 1 volvo bus. But, IT sector whose salary level is high is asking for more number of volvo buses. BMTC can try introducing AC to ordinary bus with rear engine and low floor and check out how it works out. Instead of introducing 1,000 more volvos, 5,000 more ordinary buses can be introduced – This is the urge of common man and it is true also. Instead of waiting 25 minutes for a volvo bus, we get bus every 5 minutes.

  5. SHADOW (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    Thank you from all Bangalore MB Team for your appreciation.

    Here is the info

    Thanks for the link but the above link says page cannot display due to (.) at the end, BTW reason for the increase the number of Volvos towards IT corridor is to reduce the use of Cars/own vehicles from IT guys and try out public vehicles, Infact this is a good move towards pulling the people to use mass transport.

  6. silkboard (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    Vasanth, this has to be a mixed game. Volvos are about building a new image that could make car owners take public transport. I would say the ordinary tax paying citizens deserve better than the ugly buses with torn metal sheets and dirty seats.

    I like BMTC, dont get me wrong. However, I dont trust BMTC to do the best job of using resources it has. I doubt how good they will be at maintaining volvos. Just look at the Pushpaks for example. and I bet they can do more with the regular buses they have by planning either a hub-spoke or a grid model (they seem to be trying to do both).

    Basically, it has to do with BMTC being a monopoly. (sorry for the plug, but we had a bug discussion there). While they aren’t bad, they can never be as good as they can be unless there are privately-run bus operators challenging them for profits. Or unless they are run better (free from govt control, corporatize, list BMTC on BSE?)

  7. Ravi (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Thanks for the info! As far as India is concerned, the profits for any public or private sector undertaking is really in the base of the pyramid! So am happy to see the reduction – hopefully this will spur greater demand and increase the revenue base of the BMTC
    Travelling a little ahead, the BMTC will have its game plan (with the 1000 Volvos in place) to be THE supplementing agency to the Metro!

  8. menaka (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

    wow it’s been wonderfull traveling in this bus …hope the network spreads to more extent and reach all the terminals from Vidhyaranyapura,yelahanka,and many more places of the BIG bangalore …..its so nice traveling in this mode, atleast the crowd is decent and well mannared including the bus drivers and the conductors…great work BMTC dept…three cheers to you guys…though working for a big corporate i feel proud to travel in it …it keeps my whole day happy and relaxed

  9. januM (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    very useful info!
    BMTC can better concentrate on getting a larger number of volvo, this will sure avoid the huge cost involved in fixing cameras in every road. all 2 wheelers users basically would use this transport most, atleast to avoid this frikkin hot summer!

  10. januM (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    very useful info!
    BMTC can better concentrate on getting a larger number of volvo, this will sure avoid the huge cost involved in fixing cameras in every road. all 2 wheelers users basically would use this transport most, atleast to avoid this frikkin hot summer!

  11. Naren (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    Other day i saw an headlines in VK Volvo buses are making 1 lakh loss per day in Bangalore. So, the reduction price may be for Non-peak hours. Anyway couple of Rs. doesnt make much difference. I dont feel reason to cheer!!!! Good Post..

  12. someone (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    There was a newspaper report today that the volvos had resulted in a loss of several crores… I hope that they are not discontinued!

  13. night_bus (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    Why doesn’t BMTC has regular night buses?

    I mean night buses after 10pm

    After 10pm, also there are lot of people who travel across, many of them either IT employees, labourers, contractors, family people etc., so BMTC should lauch night buses with some extra fare (like 1.5 times between 11pm to 1am, 2 times from 1am to 5pm) and this way even BPO employees can use this facility, to avoid pollution, even the drunk people can use this to avoid accidents,

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