BANGALORE TRANSPORTATION AND CONNECTIVITY
Bangalore is well-connected to all the major destinations across the globe served by Bangalore International Airport Limited which started operations from 24 May 2008. The city was earlier served by the HAL Airport. Kingfisher Airlines have their headquarters in Bangalore. It is now the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic and the number of air traffic movements (ATMs) with about 280 per day.
Bangalore comes under the South Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways. Bangalore City Railway Station and Yeshwanthapur Junction connect the city to the rest of the country. Bangalore is also connected by rail to most cities in Karnataka, as well as other metros like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and other major cities in India.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation operates buses connecting Bangalore with other parts of Karnataka as well as other states. The main bus depots are the Kempegowda Bus Station (popularly known as Majestic), Shantinagar Bus Depot, and Shivajinagar Bus Depot.
A rapid transit system called Namma Metro runs across the city, thereby making it easy for the residents to use public transport. It encompasses a 42.3 km (26.3 mi) elevated and underground rail network, comprising of 41 stations. The metro line between Sampige Road and Peenya Industrial Area was inaugurated on 1 March 2014. Once complete, it is expected to connect central locations in Bangalore to Devanahalli and Chikaballapur regions.
Three-wheeled, green and yellow auto-rickshaws referred to as autos, are a popular form of transport. They are metered and can accommodate up to three passengers. Taxi service within Bangalore is provided by several operators. The taxis are commonly called City Taxis, and are usually available only on call. Taxis are metered and are generally more expensive than auto-rickshaws.
Buses operated by city operators are also a means of public transport available in Bangalore. While commuters can buy tickets on boarding these buses, BMTC also provides an option of a bus pass to frequent users. BMTC also runs air-conditioned luxury buses on major routes and even, operates Airport Transport Service (city to International Airport).