SETC - State Express Transport Corporation Tamil Nadu LimitedSETC (State Express Transport Corporation) is the state government owned Transport Corporation of Tamil Nadu State of India. The old name of SETC is Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation. The objective of SETC is to run long distance (more than 250 km) express bus service in and out of Tamil Nadu State to link major cities, historical places, commercial places and religious places of neighborhood states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Union Territory of Pondicherry. State Express Transport Corporation operates Super Deluxe, Semi Deluxe, Ultra Deluxe and Video coach buses.
History: In 1975 Government of Tamil Nadu decided to start a separate transport corporation for operation of long distance bus services to connect Chennai to all district head quarters of Tamil Nadu State. Previously long distance bus services were operated by erstwhile Tamil Nadu State Transport Department, which were transferred to Pallavan Transport Corporation on 15th September 1975 as an express wing. Pallavan Transport Corporation registered this express wing on 14th January 1980 and named it as Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation. In 1990 Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation divided into two parts, one was J Jayalalitha Transport Corporation and other was Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation. J Jayalalitha Transport Corporation operates buses on interstate routes and later renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Transport Corporation. In 1996 Rajiv Gandhi Transport Corporation and Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation were merged to form SETC (State Express Transport Corporation Tamil Nadu Limited).
Types of Services: Below are the current services of SETC
Deluxe Buses, Ultra Deluxe Buses, Air Condition Buses, Volvo Buses
Reservation: online and offline; for both, advance reservation facility is provided by SETC for all of its routes. On all major bus stations of Tamil Nadu including Chennai CMBT bus terminus, counter reservation facility available.
Awards: SETC received Best Performance in Vehicle Productivity (1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1996-1997), Highest Performance in Vehicle Productivity (1997-1998, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009), Winner Trophy Minimum Operational Cost (1994-1995), Improvement in Tyre Performance (2002-2003, 2003-2004), KMPL- award (2005-2006) by Association of State Road Transport Undertakings.