Lahore (Thursday, February 7, 2013) – Pakistan’s first metro bus service will starts from Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Lahore.
Chief Minister of Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurates the service in a historical and memorable ceremony with local and foreign guests.
The Lahore Metro Bus system will start its services from February 10, 2013 when a launching ceremony followed by an inaugurating run will be held. The 27Km long route will take only 50 minutes to complete on the Volvo buses.
Each bus has a passenger capacity of 150 and a bus will be available at every one of the 19 stations throughout the city after 3 minutes during peak hours.
During off peak hours a bus will be available at a station after every 6 minutes and after every 10 minutes during late hours. The time for the service will be from 6.30am to 10.30pm. A security detail comprising of 150 men will also be present for the safety and monitoring of the Lahore Metro Bus service.
The security officers will have motorbikes and latest weapons and will be able to respond to any kind of threat within no time. There will be 6 security check posts throughout.
The Lahore Metro Bus System is augmented with state-of-the-art technology that would help run and manage the entire system flawlessly. There will be an e-ticketing system that would allow travellers to buy tickets from the automated vending machine.
There is also the concept of Metro Smartcard. If you are a frequent traveller then you can buy a Metro Smartcard once and swap it on the automated doors of the station platform whenever you wish to travel. The Smartcard can be recharged from the vending machine. This all is the part of Intelligent Transport System that will be viewed and monitored from the office of PITB (Punjab Information Technology Board).