Airconditioned Buses at Chennai – An update

In an earlier post I have written about the plans of Metropolitan Transport Corporation to launch Airconditioned Buses soon.

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Today’s report in the Hindu says that the MTC’s fleet of Airconditioned Buses will be launched on September 17, 2007. The 2 buses parked in the MTC’s depot carries the route no 19 G and 21 G. And 8 more buses will be running soon.

The Government seems to be acting fast.

What next ? MRTS extension upto Velacherry?

14 Comments so far

  1. PlaneMad (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 12:46 am

    The volvos are awesome. heope they price it within 20 bucks


  2. soma (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 1:30 am

    at least all the spit will now be inside the buses


  3. My Opinion (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 2:39 am

    Has any one noticed how bad the writing in The Hindu has become? I did not know these buses had “healing” powers.I guess they meant “kneeling”.


  4. My Opinion (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 2:39 am

    Has any one noticed how bad the writing in The Hindu has become? I did not know these buses had “healing” powers.I guess they meant “kneeling”.


  5. nandhu (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 3:18 am

    timely post, GVB sir!


  6. David (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 4:06 am

    Definitely sound intersting.. sept 17 it is.

    D


  7. Pisipati sriram (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Sir,-

    MTC’s decision to launch a fleet of A/C Volvo buses is a welcome step. Surely, they must be very comfortable to commute compared to the ramshackle city buses I was familiar with, when I used to commute from Triplicane and Roypet to my office in Anna Salai seven years ago.

    Added to the hopeless conditions, with seats torn and coming out of hinges, dirty-looking and jampacked, the buses used to move fast on the busy and crowded Triplicane highroad, Pycroft Road etc. The drivers used to hang on to the steering wheel precariously and the commuters inside clutching to whatever support they could, to prevent from falling off the running bus. Foot-board commuters, like trapeze artistes, managed to continue journey till their stop!

    With the introduction of airconditioned fleet albeit on a few routes in the beginning, it may provide relief to commuters.

    There is an increasing demand for use of public transit systems not only to save on precious imported oils but also to decongest traffic gridlocks in metros. Public representatives like MLAs, MPs and ministers and top ranking bureaucrats can set an example to the common people by opting for public transport to reach their offices. It would save government a lot on travel/transport bill but also set a good example to people using private transport to opt for rapid mass transit transport.

    This way in our own limited way, we could also help in pollution control caused by CO2 emissions due to use of two-wheelers and swanky four wheelers and gas guzzlers besides easing traffic tailbacks.

    Yours sincerely,
    Pisipati Sriram,
    Hyderabad.


  8. E.A.Kumar (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    I am looking forward to the new airconditioned bus services which are being introduced this month middle.I am eagerly awaiting the airconditioned bus services through the OMR which will be a boon to travel in not only for retired people like me but for the majority of people workig in IT companies and colleges and other organisations in and around the IT corrider who would not mind paying more fare for the comfort of travelling in dust free buses enjoying the cool environment


  9. E.A.Kumar (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    I am looking forward to the new airconditioned bus services which are being introduced this month middle.I am eagerly awaiting the airconditioned bus services through the OMR which will be a boon to travel in not only for retired people like me but for the majority of people workig in IT companies and colleges and other organisations in and around the IT corrider who would not mind paying more fare for the comfort of travelling in dust free buses enjoying the cool environment


  10. suppamani (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 8:16 am

    Continuing of this facility depends on the quality and frequency to be maintained by the department.


  11. tsk tsk (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    any buses that move on OMR?


  12. why (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    @E.A.Kumar and others, Why in the F***ing world is that all the comforts should go only to those IT guys, let it be roads, buses, houses, etc, what about others who are living here, they can go to hell or what. This is the worst attitude which is ruining our society. Are others the children of lesser god!!


  13. Sunil (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    The AC Buses that have been introduced by the MTC is a step in the right direction. However, they should include all areas of the Metropolis, be it the residential, shopping, office areas etc. etc. The Airports, Major Railway Terminals, Koyambedu Bus Terminal and other Major Terminals, Hospitals… should be connected by AC Bus Routes as well. They can also connect points of interest and sightseeing attractions in and around the city. The need of the hour is for MTC to rise to world standards in providing good yet affordable public transportation in a Global city like Chennai.


  14. V.Varadarajan (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    The cost of an ordinary bus is about 8 lakhs and the minimum charge is rs 2.50. The cost of volvo bus is about rs 76 lakhs. So I presume it will be priced at rs 25 for minimum distance to be fair. I hope they price it higher and drop the minimum price for the standees in ordinary bus to re 1.00/- by cross subsidising the travel cost to all those drivers and maids who will have to come to pamper the IT new rich.
    raj



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