Many bus passengers in the city dreaded the commute time of 45-60 minutes between the Central Silk Board and the Tin Factory junction on the busy Outer Ring Road (ORR). But in recent months the situation has improved considerably with the introduction of the Bus Priority Lanes (BPL) from November 2019. Buses on the route are reaching their destinations in less than half an hour.
Now, it’s time for the second phase of the project. On Thursday, the state government announced in its budget that the second phase of the BPL would start in a few days, and would be implemented in 12 corridors.
However, urban experts are demanding that the project be implemented in areas where it can provide connectivity to Namma Metro routes. The routes the experts are suggesting include Madiwala-Indira Nagar and Banashankari-Kengeri.
BMTC has clearly benefited from the project. The service operates 837 buses along the present corridor, and the average number of passengers in a month, which was 88,000, has gone up by another 3,000.