Even when I was doing my A/L’s and when I wanted to travel to Sakya or Rotary in Nugegoda, Even I can take 183 or 100 buses for that I usually wait for a 17 bus because it is a single and a fast ride. The importance of No. 17 bus A.K.A. Panadura-Kandy bus (also Panadura-Kurunegala) came in to my mind when it comes to undergrad time. Because I’m a SLIIT student, sometimes I had to travel to Malabe (from Moratuwa) for my studies. The best option is… what else? Taking the 17 bus. It’s a single ride and I can get to Malabe in less than 1 and ½ hrs in early mornings. Other wise I would have to travel from Moratuwa to Colpetty and Colpetty to Kaduwela or Moratuwa to Dehiwela and Dehiwela to Battaramulla and Battaramulla to Kaduwela. So from myself even I think you can get a simple idea of the importance of 17 bus.
I think authorities of transportation in Sri Lanka will take more measures to expand the number of buses travelling in 17 roots. Usually its 1 per 30 minutes but hope it expands.
Many thanks for the drivers and conductors of 17 root for their kind attitude and service (which many others not have)