Thursday, February 23, 2006

A/C bus for sightseeing

A/C bus for sightseeing

The Hindu

Bangalore: For visitors to the city, the one-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore has just become more comfortable, thanks to the refurbished buses introduced by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.

The new buses are fully air conditioned with vents for airflow and have well-cushioned reclining seats and ample legroom. As in some airlines, in front of each seat is an LCD monitor that doubles up as a source of entertainment and information.

These buses have a seating capacity of 35 with 22 seats branded "Silver Class" which have a pullout tray for refreshments as in air-conditioned railway coaches. Like the executive class on airlines, there are three Gold Class seats which are larger and with more legroom at the rear end of the coach. All passengers get to hear the FM radio channel with music, entertainment and the latest city news.

The public address system is used to describe the sights they pass through and where they next stop. The daily trip starts at 8.45 a.m. from Kempegowda Bus Station and returns there by 8 p.m. after covering the sights of Bangalore.

The Silver Class tickets cost Rs. 200 on weekdays and Rs. 250 on weekends and holidays and the Gold Class costs Rs. 300 and Rs. 350. Children aged between 6 and 12 are charged half the adult fare. For information about the city tours, call 22952311 or 9844030172.


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