Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) along with Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Traffic Police (BTP) and Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) are implementing bus priority lanes in Bangalore to improve travel time in the city, reduce congestion and improve the quality and reliability of bus commute. The pilot corridor along Outer Ring Road from Central Silk Board to KR Puram Railway Station began operations on November 15 2019.
The left lane in the main carriageway is dedicated for BMTC buses, separated physically by steel bollards installed by BBMP. The initial goal of the authorities is to increase the average speed of public buses on this route from about 10 kmph to 18-20 kmph.
There are 24 major bus stops along the corridor where BMTC is serving to about 45% of the travel demand. About 800+ BMTC buses use the corridor with more than 80 buses at peak hour. It is estimated that more than 1 lakh passenger trips are served by BMTC along this corridor. The implementation is considered as the first step towards BMTC’s plan to expand bus priority lane for 12 major corridors in the city including areas on Outer Ring Road, Hosur Road, Bannerghatta Road, Old Madras Road, Old Airport Road, West of Chord Road, Magadi Road, and Ballari Road, among others.
An online survey by Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB), between November 19 and 23, on the Bus Priority Lane (BPL) introduced by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) on Outer Ring Road, found that 55 per cent of commuters benefited from reduced travel time, while 33 per cent said they saw no difference to their commute time. According to the survey, the average travel time has been reduced by 7 minutes.
Read more on CfB survey results at here