Monday, March 08, 2010

Want a smooth ride to stadium for IPL?

Want a smooth ride to stadium for IPL?
Hop On To A BIG 10 Bus Which Will Be At Your Convenience
Aarthi R | TNN

Bangalore: If you’re keen on catching the Bangalore matches of IPL-3 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation will make sure you’re well connected.
Much of it will be through Big 10 buses and a new version of carpooling will enable better use of the public transport system. Currently, nearly 160 Big 10 buses ply across the city in different directions. For IPL, BMTC will introduce a compulsory stop for all these buses at Chinnaswamy Stadium so that anyone from any part of the city can hop on to these buses at their place and hop off at the stadium. This arrangement will be only for match days, said BMTC officials.
“The details are being worked out. The focus is to have as many Big 10 routes via the stadium. There may be other buses also roped in, if required. However, this arrangement will be timed for match hours — may start and end an hour or two before and after the matches,’’ ABIDe member and special adviser to BMTC Ashwin Mahesh told TOI.
Meanwhile, the Bangalore Transport Information System (BTIS) also plans to introduce a special version of carpooling. The details are being finalized and the scheme will be unveiled very soon.
In IPL-3 from March 12 to April 25, there are nine matches, including two semifinals, at Chinnaswamy Stadium.
March 16 — Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab March 18 — Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals March 23 — Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings March 27 — Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils April 8 — Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers April 10 — Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders April 17 — Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians April 21 — 1st semifinal April 22 — 2nd semifinal

Introduced in February 2009, the Big 10 buses are part of BMTC’s directionbased bus services. These buses run on main roads, and together they form a simple grid. They operate on 12 major stretches. Green Big 10 buses run on single main roads like Hosur Road, Bellary Road, etc., while blue Big 10 buses connect two such main roads (eg. Hosur Road to Tumkur Road)


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