Colombo has one modern bus, but I saw like ten parked opposite Galle Face Green. I hope they’re coming soon.
Opposite GFG is like an unofficial parking lot. You used to see military vehicles, then steamrollers, now buses. Rows upon rows. You can’t quite see from this photo, but there are at least 10 buses parked here.
These are the new Volvos These are Micros, and I think there is one Volvo now running on the Galle Road. You have about as much chance of catching it as catching a unicorn. Hopefully this lot should improve the odds.
Update: Rise Of Lanka has more details on this, including my photo :). Apparently they’re going to deploy eight buses at peak time, for a fare about 2.5 times the usual.
UPDATE: Here’s the Daily Mirror on the subject. Appara the buses are Chinese, but made by Micro here.
New luxury buses imported from China will be introduced to six routes in the Colombo city this month (February) as part of a pilot project to promote public transportation to passengers who use private vehicles, the Transport Ministry said today.
Ministry officials said it would introduce low-floor, air conditioned buses and they will ply the following routes: Moratuwa-Pettah, Kesbewa-Pettah, Negombo-Pettah, Gampaha-Pettah, Kaduwela-Fort (via Malambe) and Homagama-Pettah routes…
The eight new buses provided by Micro Cars Ltd will be run by the Sri Lanka Transport Board and will run during peak hours in the morning and evening in 15 minute intervals. (New luxury buses from China)