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BMTC not always cheapest mode of transport in Bengaluru

BMTC buses are not always the most affordable option to commute. On certain routes, travelling on BMTC buses could cost you more compared to travelling in a Metro or riding a two-wheeler.

Published: 21st June 2017 09:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2017 09:14 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: BMTC buses are not always the most affordable option to commute. On certain routes, travelling on BMTC buses could cost you more compared to travelling in a Metro or riding a two-wheeler. A study conducted by NGO Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike (BBPV) has revealed how Bengaluru’s main mode of transport is not always the most inexpensive.

According to the study, a Smart Card Metro commuter between Vijayanagar and Cubbon Park has to pay only `18.7 compared to BMTC’s fare of `20 from Vijayanagar to Shivaji Nagar.
Similarly, a Metro commuter using Smart Card from Baiyappanahalli Metro station to Cubbon Park station has to pay only `16.1 compared to `17 in a BMTC bus from Baiyappanahalli bus depot to Shivaji Nagar.
Also, BMTC charges `17 from Indiranagar 6th Main to Koramangala BDA Complex.

A bike ride on the same distance will cost just `9.6. It will cost `10 to travel from Shivaji Nagar bus depot to UB City in a BMTC bus but it will cost only `4 in a two-wheeler to cover the same distance, the study said.
“The idea behind analysis is to show how #unaffordable #bangalore’s #publictransport is for the 5Mn daily users of #BMTC (sic)” tweeted BBPV on Sunday.

“We must remember #BMTC #bus is the main mode of transport for 5Mn commuters everyday, it should be accessible+ affordable+reliable for them! (sic)” read another tweet from BBPV.
Bengaluru has one of the highest bus fares in the country. This has prompted several NGOs to conduct the #BusBhagyaBeku — double the fleet,halve the fare — campaign in the city.

However, BMTC officials said comparison of BMTC buses with other modes of transport doesn’t give a correct picture as the cost of capital, maintenance, and risk also need to be accounted. “The cost of buying a bike, risk involved and impact on health should also be taken into account. Metro fares in most stretches are expensive than BMTC buses,” said a senior BMTC official.



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