Transportation in Chennai (Madras)
Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) is owned by the Government of Tamil Nadu and registered under Companies Act, 1956. The Chennai city transport is a government route transport system and covers all the parts of the metropolitan area of Chennai which is about 3939 square kilometers. Using MTC buses in Chennai is economical with a wide network. More than 4.2 million passengers travel everyday in it. Volvo buses have also been introduced by the Tamil Nadu government in its public transport network in Chennai.
The most popular public transport in Chennai is its buses and trains. A total number of 2,773 buses run on 375 routes in Chennai. Mini-bus services are also present in the suburbs of the Chennai metropolitan area, apart from MTC services. Vans or "Maxi Cabs” run like bus services and ply on many routes in the city. Metered taxis and auto rickshaws complete the transport system of Chennai.
Rupees 2.00 is the minimum fare for the first stage which is approximately two kilometers.
MTC has five major divisions:
- LSS – Limited Stop Service
- Night service
MTC buses in Chennai includes Single Decker, Semi low floor buses, Vestibule buses, Double deckers, Low floor buses and recently introduced Volvo A/C buses, with a total number of 3093 buses run in the Chennai city.
Railway network Chennai
Three rail sectors, namely Chennai Central—Arakkonam, Chennai Central—Sullurpeta, and Chennai Beach—Chengalpattu, consist of the railway network of Chennai. An elevated MRTS suburban train system, interlinked with the suburban rail network is another blessing for Chennai railway passengers.