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.

Bangalore BMTC’s New “Electric” Bus by BYD!

The new “electric bus” recently acquired by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) seen at Majestic bus station, Bangalore. The bus is manufactured by a Chinese company named BYD Auto Company Ltd.¬†(Build Your Dreams) and costs a whopping Rs.2.7 Crore in India. There is only one electric bus as of now and runs on a trial basis on route 335E (Majestic – Corporation – Richmond – Brigade – Domlur – HAL – Marathahalli – Kundanahalli – KTPO – ITPL – Kadugodi). Based on feedback and performance, more buses will be acquired and extended to more routes.

100% Green and completely free of emission, the bus runs completely on Batteries and once fully charged has a range of 250 km or for 4 round trips. The interiors of the bus reek of quality and is completely pin-drop silent! The body of the bus is made fully of fiber and plastic and this bus makes the Volvos pale in comparison. This has to be the future of public transportation in India. The bus is awesome, BMTC! Please go ahead! If only the government would waive taxes and duties on battery powered vehicles…

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.

A Colorful BMTC “Arrow” Livery Bus

A very colorful BMTC bus with the stylish “arrow” livery seen at Marathahalli, with arrows in blue, red, yellow and green against an off-white background, signifying connectivity. The bus number is 502C which runs from JP Nagar to Hebbal via BTM, Silk Board, Agara, Marathahalli, KR Puram Tin Factory and Nagawara. This is a special livery of BMTC buses usually reserved for buses plying around the Outer Ring Road, and is only seen on ordinary buses. The one shown here is a Tata bus. It would be really nice if BMTC extended this livery scheme to Volvos as well.