KSRTC Introduces Premium Bus Service With Higher Fares

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is testing its new Superfast Premium AC buses, designed to provide a more luxurious travel experience with pushback seats (excluding the last row) and higher fares compared to regular Superfast buses.

Trial and Adjustments:

  • The new buses are currently in a trial phase to evaluate their performance before full deployment.
  • KSRTC will collect passenger feedback and make necessary adjustments before launching regular services.

Features:

  • 40-passenger seating capacity.
  • Pushback seats for enhanced comfort (excluding the last row).
  • Removable side windows in case of AC failure.

Fares and Ticketing:

  • The Superfast Premium buses will have higher fares than regular Superfast buses.
  • Passengers can board at non-designated stops for an additional booking fee of 10 rupees.
  • Boarding location via Google Maps must be provided during booking.

Limited Stops and Volvo Redeployment:

  • These new buses will operate only from major KSRTC depots.
  • Existing Volvo low-floor AC buses will be reassigned to city services.

Fleet Procurement:

  • KSRTC plans to acquire a total of 220 Superfast Premium buses.
  • The initial phase includes procuring 48 buses from Tata and Leyland, each costing between 3.6 and 3.8 million rupees.

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