MTC Chennai is the Metropolitan Transport Corporation of Chennai that operates the bus transport services for the city of Chennai. In 1947, by introducing 30 city buses in Madras (Chennai was called as Madras earlier) to nationalize the bus transport services in the city. In 1972, to develop a commercial approach to the transport services provided by the government a company form of service was developed and it was called by then as “Pallavan Transport Corporation Limited” (PTC) with the number of fleets as 1029. On the year of 1994, the number of fleets increased to 2332.
With increased requirements of the fleets from the public, the PTC was bifurcated into Dr.Ambedkar Transport Corporation and Pallavan Transport Corporation. The South of EVR Periyar Road came under the jurisdiction of Dr.Ambedkar Transport Corporation and the North from EVR Periyar Road was under the jurisdiction of Pallavan Transport Corporation. For the public interest, both the transport corporation was combined to form a single corporation called MTC Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
There are different types of buses from MTC; they are
• Single Decker,
• Semi Lower floor buses,
• Vestibule buses like Double Decker, Low floor buses and Volvo A/C buses
The strength of the MTC Chennai as of March 2009 is 3260 buses with 25 bus depots. The MTC Chennai has got a bus body building unit in Chrompet, Chennai and a bus ticket printing press in KK. Nagar, Chennai. All the MTC Chennai fleets carry the plate number starting as TN-01 N XXXX. Most of the automobile chassis for these MTC fleets are purchased from either Ashok Leyland or from TATA Automobiles India.
The MTC Chennai had introduced buses with improved passenger amenities like mobile phone charging station, improved lightning, improved plastic seats and automatic doors from 2007.
We see a lot of gradual improvements in the MTC operations in Chennai, like Digital boards with information in Tamil & English in the MTC Chennai Bus Stops on the arriving buses and delayed fleet information. Hope to see lot of improvements in the service to the world standard.