Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation – Good old days of Public Transportation in TN – Part-2

In this post and next post, we will see more about TTC operations.

Below image lists about the TTC operations.. Image Copyright: PrChandran @ SSC.

TTC Summary

Route planning:
TTC divided TN into four sectors.
1. Nagapattinam-Gudalur
2. National Highways divide the state into two.. North and South
3. Eastern Sector – Area lying between Kalpakkam-Villupuram-Trichy and Trichy-Aranthangi
4. Rest of the above are called as Western Sector.
Operational Areas: North-South, North-East, North-West, South-East, South-West, East-West and Interstate.
Route codes:
Three digits were used for indicating the routes.

First Digit for the sectors are
1. North-South – 1 and 2
2. North-East – 3
3. North-West – 4
4. South-East – 5
5. South-West – 6
6. Interstate – 8 and 9
Even now, the routes from Coimbatore to South TN starts with 6. Ex: R.No 625 is Coimbatore-Tuticorin and R.No 626 is Coimbatore-Tirunelveli.
Based on KM, second digits are given.
00-19 Distance upto 300 KMs
20-59 Distance from 301 to 450 KMs.
69-79 Distance from 451 to 600 KMs.
80-99 Above 600 KMs.

Example codes:
460 – Madras/Chennai-Coimbatore – North-West 497KM

Major Depots:
Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Kumbakonam, Madras, Madurai, Marthandam, Nagercoil, Nagapattinam, Pondicherry, Salem, Shencottah, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Trichi and Tuticorin.
Kanyakumari district had 3 depots. Looks like Trivandrum depot got added later.
Bus Stands:
Coimbatore, Madras, Madurai, Nagercoil, Pondicherry, Salem, Thanjavur, Trichy, Tindivanam, Vellore.
SETC Bus stands in Coimbatore, Thanjavur are still active. Madurai BS just have an reservation centers.

Reservation Centers:
Totally 82 reservation centers were in place. Apart from big cities, the reservation centers were also located in places like Athur, Adiramapattinam, Colachel, Eral, Kallakurichi, Kollur, Karungal, Kovilpatti, Monday Market(Thingal Nagar), Palghat, Periakulam, Tirupathur(Present Sivagangai Dt) etc.,

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