I was reading this (TOA 31 oct, Bangalore edition main paper page3) article in Times about city bus service in Bangalore, and I went down the memory lane of my city bus travel.
>> at 9, I started using city bus in Bangalore to travel from Basavanagudi to Shivananda Circle (to learn art at CKP. Now you know where I picked up the artist touch). I used to take a half ticket at 75ps in 1993-94.
>> then I started paying Rs.2, to travel to art classes in Jayanagar 9th block. This time in Pushpak, which was a lot comfortable and faster, and lesser crowded because of the cost.
I shifted to my bicycle and kine for a long time. After a bunch of accidents, I started using bus again
>>I paid Rs.9 for 2 buses together to get to Engg college. But these were Mysore Road buses crowded with Mofussil people. This was the worst phase of my bus traveling life.
>> Now I pay Rs.20 in a Volvo bus (read A.C) to travel to office on Outer Ring Road. It is filled with office goers like me and is faster than driving your own car.
Bus service quality has improved drastically in Bangalore. That's the reason I support bus travel in Bangalore as compared to Auto travel, which is just expensive, kills your mood and gives you a dusty/dirty ride with rigged meters. Also, I appreciate the empathizing authorities. But one thing I don't support is cutting the fares of Vovlo buses, which eventually leads the crowd to the A.Ced Volvo bus. C'mon,, don't kill my luxury of city bus ride!