Public Transport in Bangalore today means Bus which is solely run by BMTC. During business as usual this looks good but its in crisis situations like todays strike that the deficit of not investing in multiple modes or using modern methodologies of running operations can hurt. There are 2 aspects to mitigate such incidents from happening.
1 . BMTC needs to look at outsourcing operations & maintenance of these buses to a third party with clear performance parameters & incentives for exceeding performance targets. Such incidents will mean loss for the service provider & he will make efforts to ensure these don't happen. This is not rocket science as other cities around the world like Singapore etc have such outsourced O&M which can easily be adopted.
2. Multimodal transportation is a dire need to obviate the dependency on a single mode of public transport. Metro, Commuter rail etc would have helped in times like these. Metro is already under implementation & today we see that unless cross city routes are commissioned it will not help during such situations. Praja have proposed commuter rail which can be rolled out faster & costs much less would have helped in times like these. Even having private bus services along with BMTC on select routes should be explored.
Lack of ability to decide & execute these options is costing us dearly, but who is listening?