Orange “Circle” Liveried Volvo City Bus in Bangalore

A Volvo 8400 City Bus built on a B7RLE chassis at Manyata Tech Park, Nagawara in Bangalore, India. The bus belongs to the Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation Corporation (BMTC). This orange livery is a rarity with only four buses sporting it, the remaining having the standard red. This bus was intended for a “Hop-on-Hop-off” circular service through the central business district, a scheme that sadly did not work out. However, thankfully BMTC left the livery intact. I hope to capture all the buses with this livery. The bus is running the famous Hebbal – Silkboard 500D Route.

Empty Roads and a 500D BMTC Volvo 8400

Candid picture of a A 500D Silk Board – Hebbal BMTC Volvo 8400 City bus resting under a small tree along empty roads waiting for passengers at the Marathahalli bus stop opposite Kalamandir, also known as “Marathahlli Bridge”, one out of the seven Marathahalli Bridge bus stops! The road was astoundingly free as the clear tarmac shows on that day,

BMTC Volvo 7400XL Multi Axle as 500D!

A proper frontage and full length shot of BMTC’s latest wonder the Multi-Axle Volvo 7400XL seen at Nagawara running as the Silk Board – Agara – Bellandur – Kadubeesanahalli – Marathahalli – Mahadevapura – KR Puram/Tin Factory – Banaswadi – Kalyan Nagar – Hennur Cross – Nagawara – Hebbala route number 500D or the “IT Route”. The long bus was largely empty as it was not running during rush hour. Note that this is the same bus that was running as the 335E in the previous picture.

And yes, this one is my 100th Fottam! Thank You so Much! 🙂

BMTC Volvo 500D in Blue!

A BMTC Volvo in the rare blue livery at Marathahalli, Bangalore. These, along with the similarly designed Orange ones are not very much seen, though Orange ones are more than blue. These buses were originally intended to be a HO-HO (Hop on Hop off) service along two routes in the Bangalore central business district (CBD).

But the scheme failed spectacularly, one because of traffic jams and two because all the privileged people working in banks and all around there found it beneath them to travel in buses, preferring autorickshaws and their own vehicles (and then cribbing about high fares and traffic, respectively), forcing BMTC to deploy these buses on regular routes.

This one is running as 500D Silk Board – Hebbal. Note the nice circular designs. Love it!

BMTC Volvo 8400 Running #500D

One of BMTC’s bright red Volvo 8400s stands at the Manyata Embassy Business Park stop on its route from Hebbal to Silk Board in Bangalore on the Outer Ring Road route 500D, also called the “IT Corridor Route” because of the concentration of IT companies on this route. The 500A and 500C are two other major routes that share space with the 500D.