White Liveried and Decaled Bengaluru Rounds BMTC Volvo

The unique white BMTC Volvo bus that was used to run “Bangalore Rounds” “Hop On Hop Off” services connecting major landmarks of the city such as shopping malls, parks etc standing at Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic) running 365N KBS-Narayana Hrudayalaya. The service was discontinued after poor patronage, because who travels in buses when one can use cars? The buses were redeployed on other route and mostly run airport services. The livery is interesting, but more interesting is the decal, featuring the Kempegowda Tower, Lalbagh glass house, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore Palace among others.

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.

335E vs 335E from a 335E on Old Airport Road

Two BMTC Volvo 8400 335E city services on the Bangalore Old Airport Road HAL Main Gate signal junction. The bus on the left was stopped while the other one was running. Managed to capture the scene while they were exactly abreast of each other from another 335E which was stuck in traffic on the opposite side. Volvo route 335E runs Majestic Bus station – MG Road – Domlur – HAL – Marathahalli – KTPO – ITPL – Kadugodi.

Interiors of a Brand New BMTC Volvo!

The interiors of a brand new Volvo 8400 (B7RLE) of the BMTC. These buses have got a beautiful and appetizing red theme for their interiors with deep red seat cover fabric sporting yellow and blue designs on them nicely complementing the yellow grabrails. The bus shown here is a 317A which runs from Majestic (KBS) to Hoskote via Brigade/MG Road, Ulsoor, Indiranagar, Tin Factory and KR Puram.

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,

Celebrating 7 Years of Bangalore Volvos with 356C!

One of  BMTC’s Volvo 8400s built on a B7RLE Chassis running as 356C leaves St.John’s Hospital Bus Stop on its way towards Electronics City from Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic). Today, February 1 2013 marks seven years since Volvo buses have started plying on Bangalore roads. And 356C happens to be Bangalore’s very Volvo city bus route when on February 1 2006 the first Volvo city bus ran on the 356C route! BMTC has had never to look back since and the Volvos redefined public transport in Bangalore forever. The immensely popular Volvo services of the BMTC today form the backbone of the corporation.