Currently, the MSRTC runs only air-conditioned Volvo buses on the stretch. The state government runs Volvo buses on the Mumbai-Pune and Pune-Nashik routes. It has 47 Volvo buses of which 22 belong to MSRTC and the rest are hired.
On the Mumbai-Pune route, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation ran 132 Volvo and Mahabus services (in both directions). The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation scrapped the contract with the Mahabus service provider due to frequent breakdowns. As a result, the services were reduced to a mere 100 and several passengers started travelling by private buses, cars as well as trains.
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation officials called for a tender again and have selected contractors. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has introduced semi-luxury buses to fill the vacuum but these white and green buses have not found favour with most passengers. The last Volvo leaves Mumbai at 11 pm and thereafter the MSRTC has only semi-luxury buses till 2 am.
The MSRTC plans to buy 50 more buses and is looking at various models of Volvo, Mercedes and Tata Hispano. The first Mercedes bus was introduced by a private operator on the Pune-Kolhapur route last year.