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A Guide to the Buses of Bangalore

Posted in Uncategorized by yossarian on 11 October, 2006

Bangalore has 2 types of buses in terms of service, those that have a conductor and those that do not.  In this classification buses with radio service and other such luxuries are not included.

The conductorless buses are a testimony to the Karnataka government’s commitment to efficiency. For each conductorless bus, our country gains another worker who can be employed for some other job. Critics of conductorless buses ignore the fact that such a system has worked so well in so many developed countries. There is also evidence that the workers, gained by operating conductorless buses, have played a major role in boosting these developed countries’ economies.

The conductorless buses help our society in more ways than by just providing extra workers. All the passengers have to board or disembark from one entry/exit. This means there is space for an extra seat or two in the bus. Additionally, each passenger has to buy a ticket from the driver cum conductor at the entrance itself thus ensuring that no one travels without a ticket. The small increase in the time that a bus has to stop for at a bus stop, which is only about 4 times as that of the conductorfull buses, is acceptable considering the sharp rise in the revenues since the introduction of the conductorless buses. Besides, the extra stoppage time keeps a check on all those rash drivers who mistake our beloved city’s beautiful narrow roads for race tracks and brings back order to the traffic.

In the next part of the guide, we shall see how well the buses of Bangalore are designed.


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  1. serfeenix said, on 17 October, 2006 at 2:58

    Bendakaluru has introduced such ‘high tech’ concepts?

  2. yossarian said, on 18 October, 2006 at 15:39

    This post didn’t come well at all. Pathetic. I was trying out something. I wanted to write it as an official document, turning everything wrong with the bus system here into something positive and only positive.
    For example those conductorless buses are really frustrating. Sometimes the buses are stopped for some 2-3 minutes at bus stops. And Bangalore roads being so narrow it causes a huge traffic jam. So, to counter the increasing traffic jams in Bangalore what the govt. does is lay flyovers and that too at all the wrong locations.

    Once I had boarded a conductorless bus at the depot. It was rush hour and the bus got packed. Our chap, the driver, left the depot, drove for some 5 minutes and then stopped to sell tickets on a very busy road. It took him about 12-15 minutes to start off again. And the bus is so badly designed, that only one person can stand at a time in the aisle. They have these nice poles which can be used for support by those standing, but unfortunately they are placed exactly between two seats, which means you have to be a gymnast to get into that seat.

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