Company buses can breathe easy

Company buses can now use the ORR bus lane meant for BMTC vehicles

Private buses — engaged by the companies for the benefit of their employees, can now use the dedicated bus lane located on the outer ring road (ORR) between Central Silk Board and Lowry junction.

The decision was taken based on the submission made by the Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA).

So far, the bus priority lane was only meant for BMTC buses and emergency vehicles.

In an order issued by Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) on Monday, V Manjula, additional chief secretary and commissioner of DULT has stated that the company bus should be allowed on the bus priority lane during metro construction.

The letter, addressed to joint commissioner of police (traffic), states that the companies should display their name and logo visibly on their buses or shuttles. It’s learnt that the DULT made this modification after assessing the traffic movement on the ORR along with all stakeholders including Maha-devapura MLA Arvind Limbavali.

The DULT may also merge some parts of the bus lane for mixed traffic wherever the road has been narrowed down for the construction of Metro project.

Ever since the bus lane was operationalized, the ORRCA has been requesting that the company buses be allowed on the dedicated lane.

Given the pressure on road infrastructure due to Metro work, we requested DULT to consider allowing company buses

– Krishna Kumar Gowda, Operations Manager, ORRCA


“Given the pressure on the road infrastructure as an outcome of the upcoming Metro work on ORR, we had requested DULT to consider allowing company-provided transport services in the bus priority lane. We are glad that our request has been accepted,” Krishna Kumar Gowda, operations manager at ORRCA said.

The move, he said, will save time for employees opting to use company provide transport instead of personal vehicles which in turn will reduce the number of vehicles on the road. It’s learnt that all vehicles which are 12-seaters or more will be allowed on the bus lane.

All other private buses that pick passengers from the outskirts of the City will however be not allowed on the bus lane. There is a request that even these buses be allowed on the bus priority lane.

A BMTC official said that allowing company buses will not affect their services. “We used to make 4,000 trips on the ORR. It is now come down to 2,000 trips as most companies have given work from home option to their employees. We will increase the services once we see the ridership going up,” a senior BMTC official said.

The BMTC’s daily ridership currently stands at 20 lakh, which is about 50 per cent less than what it was during pre-pandemic days.

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