With the demand for feeder buses that operate from 11 metro stations in the Aluva-Palarivattom corridor limited to peak hours, the KMRL might opt for a revision in timings, it is learnt.

Feeder buses operated by the KSRTC and KURTC are underutilised during the off-peak hours. The KMRL has also sought the services of private operators to conduct feeder trips on select routes, metro sources said.

KMRL Managing Director Elias George said that feeder services by the KSRTC had low patronage since joy-riders constituted most of the metro’s present passengers. “Feeder services from metro stations to side roads and to suburban towns will be in demand when the metro gets regular passengers, a few months down the line.”

He said that the KMRL was in no hurry to introduce its own fleet of feeder buses until the passenger flow pattern was ascertained.

Meanwhile, Kerala Bus Transport Association secretary Navas K. M., has sought a dedicated Bus Rapid Transport corridor in the Aluva-Edappally route.