From past 1 month, I have been travelling in BMTC from BSK 3rd Stg to Doddenakundi. Although office has provided shuttle service, timings are inconvenient. On demand, our office is providing shuttle service every hour to Marathalli Bridge and Old Madras Road.
I am using V500K from BSK 3rd Stg to Marathalli Bridge, from there I have been taking any bus that comes since it is only 3 stops on the ORR towards KR Puram.
Following were my observations:
1. Morning hours from 7:30 - 8:30, there is no problem at all. There is a 500K almost every 5 minute and one 500K will end up overtaking other 500K many times. Buses are almost filled from Vijaynagar itself with 3-5 seats left. Sometimes end up standing, but after 1 or 2 stops I get the seat. There are a series of 500 Volvos 500W starting with ISRO Layout, 500C starting from Banashankari, 500KM starting from Kalyani Magnum on Bannerghatta Road. All these buses will be competing with each other. But, even then there is lot of crowd for these buses. BTM onwards all the buses gets crowded.
2. Evening hours is the major problem. I come to Marathalli Bridge stop from Doddenakundi in whichever bus that comes since it is 3 stop journey and pretty fast. At Marathalli Bus Stop, before 5:45 PM, we get lot of buses. After 6PM, it becomes difficult. Frequency of 500 series Volvos are very less. Buses which comes are full with even no space to stand. It is so hard to stand in Volvos because of the pickup and sudden braking compared to normal buses. Most of the Volvos will be carrying the board of Agara Depot. Agara Depot will have many Volvos resting after doing the day's duty, whereas passengers will be struggling hard to find a bus in the bus stops.
3. Fares: Fares are pretty OK until Marathalli Bridge. After Marathalli Bridge it becomes exhobirant. BSK 3rd Stg to Marathalli Bridge is 26 rupees whereas BSK 3rd Stg to TCS gate is 45 rupees. Fares are very inconsistent. V500D and V500DB charge me 5 rupees from Doddenakundi to Marathalli Bridge whereas V500A charges 8 rupees. The conductor takes money and doesn't give ticket. Suvarna costs 6 rupees whereas normal bus costs 5 rupees. Ironical is that Suvarna charges more than Volvos with the same type of bus and same number of stops.
4. Seats : Earlier Vajras had good seats just like Intercity Volvos. Those had very comfortable seats. Next generation Volvos have decreased the legspace to increase seat rows and the bucket seats are good for smaller journeys. For journey upto ITPL which is 2 + hrs, I felt these seats are pretty uncomfortable.
I am getting back to office bus due to the lack of buses which causes lot of inconvenience in the evenings.
Start Suvarna or Pushpak backup buses for the 500 series Volvo buses.
Provide connectivity using Suvarna and Pushpak to all the southern areas.
Big Circle Buses which runs only one half of the circle between Banashankari and Hebbal with very reduced frequency. Big Circle buses should become like Big 10 and should run throughout the ring road. It will help the ring road passengers.
My home is walkable from Ring Road and office is on the Ring Road, still have to hop on and hop off minimum 2 and sometimes 3 buses.