Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) Ashok Leyland Viking bus RPK 127 Super Fast of the Muvattupuzha depot runs the daily service from Thiruvananthapuram to Muvattupuzha, here spotted on the abomination of a “highway” called the MC Road, just after Kottayam in Kerala. This service is famous for its aggressiveness and speed, as are most services from the Muvattupuzha depot. The sticker work seen on the front of the bus was done by the schedule drivers (Pratheesh Kumar and Sarish Thadathil) by paying from their own pockets! (as per Bus Passengers Muvattupuzha) The classic yellow and red “speed” livery stands unblemished by advertisements. It is sad that such a nice bus’ (and the passengers’) backs will be broken by the stupid road.
One of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)’s new class of buses, named the “Silver Line Jet”. RPC 101 of Trivandrum depot was running the Thiruvanathapuram – Palakkad route and here it is at Thrissur bus station amidst drizzling rain and surrounded by other buses. These Ashok Leyland buses feature reclinable 2×2 seating, strictly limited stops (only 5 stops), free WiFi on board, window curtains and so on. There are five “Silver Line Jets” and all run within Kerala. These Silver Line Jets are actually the revival of a class of buses called “Lightning Express” that were run by KSRTC around 20 years ago.
The evening sun casts a golden glow as a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) “Non-Stop Express” bus passes by the St.John’s Bus Stop at Koramangala on its way from Bangalore to Salem. All the monikers such as “Non-Stop” and “Express” are misleading, as these buses crawl their way along the highway taking up to 5 hours to cover the 200 km between Bangalore and Salem. However, these buses are the most frequently available mode of transport between the cities. Take one only if you have no other options. Here is an experience of a person who traveled on one.