Over the past four months, daily ridership on Bengaluru’s metro system has steadily increased, reaching a new high of 6.11 lakh passengers in July. With over 6.2 lakh people utilising the metro on 17 different days in July, use was very high.
From April to July, this steady increase in ridership was seen, with each month exceeding the one before it.
This increase in ridership was attributed by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to the metro’s reputation as a dependable and effective mode of public transportation. However, critics claim that Namma Metro, as it is known locally, continues to perform poorly.
A senior BMRCL official stated that once the 2.1 km and 1.9 km long KR Pura-Baiyappanahalli and Kengeri-Chellaghatta lines are operational by the end of August, respectively, daily ridership is expected to increase to 7.5 lakhs. These sections are currently being used for test runs.
Over the past 12 years, Namma Metro has made significant strides, growing from a single line with a daily ridership of 35,000 to a 70-km network servicing more than six lakh commuters daily.