The BMTC is planning to introduce as many as 100 conductor-less mini electric buses on Metro feeder routes.
Story so far: BMTC will soon deploy six-metre long buses with a capacity of 20 seats on narrow roads near Metro stations. Since the buses will not have conductors, they will have a flat fare or smartcard-based travel option. They are designed to run on narrow roads that are 30-40 feet wide.
- The BMTC is planning to launch 300 12-metres long electric buses in the city.
- The buses are ideal for metro feeder routes as they facilitate faster movement and quick turnaround times.
Current situation: At present, 90 non-AC e-buses are operating from Yeshwantpur, KR Puram and Kengeri depots on Metro feeder bus routes. 30 buses operate from Yeshwantpur and 30 operate from KR Puram.
- A subsidiary of Ashok Leyland, Switch Mobility Ltd, will supply and operate all 300 12-metre long non-AC e-buses.