The place is undoubtedly mordern that the current bus station, but is not even one-fourth the size of the current place!
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The plan behind the entire move was to decongest the current bus station. The terminus finally was inaugurated sometime in August 2005. As an initial measure, all express services towards Mysore was shifted there. Sometime in August 2007, another 419 services (including 373 of Tamilnadu) were sent there. The terminus is situated away from the city, and for passengers residing around the city or is parts of the city away from Mysore road - reaching the bus station is a nightmare.
BMTC was supposed to operate services from different parts of the city to the bus station - both no such services seem to exist these days. Connectivity from the old bus station is poor (except for the courtesy coach services run by KSRTC). The only buses heading towards the bus station (referred to as "MCTC" by the authorities) are those heading to Kengeri/Bidadi from the city. Getting into those buses could be tedious for passengers travelling with luggage. To add salt to their injury, the BMTC stop for buses coming to the city from MCTC is pretty far from the bus station! The bus stop is atleast 500 metres from MCTC, and passengers have to climb a gradient to reach the stop - imagine the plight of passengers walking to the bus station with their luggage after a tedious journey!
To add more woes to the passengers, the transport authorities in Karnataka have ordered shifting of 32 services run by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation there! The services run by Karnataka SRTC towards Kerala (except Volvos) have also shifted there (w.e.f 29 September 2008).
Karnataka SRTC operates "Courtesy Coaches" between MCTC and KBS (and vice-versa). Swaraj Mazda buses with a seating capacity of 36 passengers are operated on this route. The fare for a one-way journey is Rs 6.
This is a Courtesy Coach run by Ka.SRTC
The seating is congested. The driver doubles up as the conductor too. He would start issuing tickets to passengers only after all seats are taken. A negative side of this is that the bus would wait until all seats are taken - this could take a long time in off-peak hours! You can count on these buses if you need to reach MCTC urgently! The travel time could range from about 30 to 70 minutes to cover the 6 kilometre stretch from KBS to MCTC (Thanks to the reckless traffic in Bangalore).
The passenger facilities in the bus station is adequate for the current rush handled by the terminus. The terminus has about 21 departure bays spread over 9 platforms. A majority of the platforms are divided between buses operated by Karnataka and Tamilnadu RTCs, while Kerala operates from Platform 6 alone. The parking space for buses are poor. Karnataka's buses use their depot (along the bus station), while Tamil Nadu buses rarely park themselves at the bus station - their services return within minutes of arrival. The buses from Kerala lie-over at the bus station through the day (with very little departures during the day hours).
The buses are parked around the departure area itself (good for spotters)! Here is a group photo of Kerala buses:
All I can do here is to wish all the best to passengers traveling from there. One suggestion: leave atleast 90 minutes prior to the departure of the bus from the city. Any duration lesser than this would inversely affect your chances of missing the bus! The terminus has poor facilities for operating staff. There is one reservation "office" shared by Tamilnadu and Kerala corporations. To add to your woes - the reservation counter in KBS and MCTC (Kerala) is not interlinked.
I cannot understand what is the government gaining by adding to the vehicular population in the city. The buses from MCTC (run by Tamil Nadu) have to run through the city to reach Hosur road for their journey ahead! Even Kerala buses running via Hosur road have to cross the city! As of now, 8 services run by Kerala SRTC (all AC buses) and 3 services of Karnataka SRTC (Volvo services) from KBS. It is not clear when these would also be kicked to MCTC. Meanwhile, there are some news reports which seem to suggest that services to Hosur road side would be handled at Shantinagar - this is a welcome step. More as details emerge...
Here is a picture gallery of the Satellite bus terminus...(it would be frequently updated). Please do post in your comments, queries and suggestions....