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Year Landmarks
1873 Bombay Tramway Co. Ltd. Started.
1874 Horse-Drawn Trams Introduced.
1905 Bombay Electric Supply & Tramway Co. Ltd. Started.
1907 First Tram ran on Electricity.
1909 Beaver Single Decker Cars Started.
1912 S.T.T. Cars Started.
1920 Double-Decker Tram Introduced.
1926 Single Deck Bus Services Started.
1934 Bus Services extended to the northern part of the City.
1937 Double Decker Bus Services Introduced.
1940 First Limited bus between Colaba and Mahim introduced.
1947 B.E.S. & T. Co. Limited Municipalised.
1949 Bus services extended to Western suburbs.
American Cars were introduced.
1955 Bus services extended to Eastern Suburbs.
Luxury Coach services introduced.
1962 Trolley Bus Services introduced.
1964 Free Travel facility extended to Police Personnel.
Tram services abolished.
1966 Tata Mercedes Benz Buses introduced.
1967 Articulated (Trailer) buses came into operation.
1968 Facility of Concessional fare to totally blind person introduced.
Beaver Double-Decker buses introduced.
1970 Cometiesed Titan Buses Introduced.
Cheetah Single Decker buses introduced.
1971 Trolley Bus services abolished.
Seats reserved for Ladies in buses.
Bangla Desh Relief fund Started.
1972 Silver Jubilee of Municipalisation.
Tata Single Decker buses introduced.
1976 Bombay Suburban Transport Project Commissioned.
1981 Ferry Services started from Marve To Manori.
1984 Bus Coupons Introduced.
Operation extended to Navi Mumbai with Route 501Ltd.
1985 Articulated Buses withdrawn from operation.
Bus Coupons Discontinued
1986 Printing of "MARATHI" tickets started.
1990 Free Travel facility to freedom fighters residing in Mumbai, introduced.
1992 Automatic Bus Washing machines installed at Depots.
1994 Concessional ticket facility extended to student studying in Junior Colleges. Operation extended to Thane by extending Route 30Ltd.
1996 Single Decker Articulated Vestibule Buses Introduced.
1997 Environment Friendly Buses fitted with Compressed Natural Gas Engine introduced.
Open Deck Bus introduced for site seeing of illuminated heritage buildings in collaboration with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation.

Introduction of Monthly Bus Pass scheme of selected routes.
Luxury Bus services introduced.
1998 Air Conditioned Bus service introduced.
New "Shivaji Nagar" Bus Depot commissioned.
Automatic Fare Collection with help of contactless cards (SMART CARD) introduced.

New Mulund Bus Depot Commissioned.
Monthly Bus Pass Scheme Discontinued
All Luxury Buses Discontinued w.e. from 1/12/2000


Low Floor Bus Introduced, as a Pilot Project
Exclusive Bus Lane for BEST Buses from Mumbai-C.S.T to Mantralaya (approx 3.5 Kms)

Bus Pass Scheme with RF-ID based SMART CARD's is  introduced.

Electronic Ticket Issuing Machines (ETIM) introduced on all the buses.
Commissioned Malad Bus Depot from 12th April 2014

2016 Commissioned KalaKilla Bus Depot From 1st February 2016

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During monsoon in Mumbai, the incidents of electric shock and interruptions of supply generally tend to increase.

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