Aug 12

Punjab government announces free Metro Bus service on August 14

Metro Bus ServiceLAHORE: The Punjab Government has announced that the Metro Bus service will be free for all on Aug 14 to celebrate Independence Day, Express News reported on Monday.

Security arrangements will be made accordingly to manage the influx of passengers.

The first Metro Bus service began on February 10 and was free of charge for passengers initially.

Fares were introduced on February 14 due to the difficulty of managing long queues and overcrowding.

Feb 08

Shahbaz Sharif’s Lahore Metro Bus Service Starting on February 10, 2013

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.lahore metro bus

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).

Jul 12

METRO BUS Launched First time in Pakistan

LAHORE – Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the provincial government is introducing a new transport culture in the shape of metro bus service through which commuters will not only get rid of uncomfortable and old traveling means but they will reach their destination on time through rapid and comfortable transport. first metro bus

Addressing the meeting held to review the progress on the project of metro bus service on Sunday, he said the work on the project of metro bus service was going on speedily. He said this project was a revolution in the public transport sector which will help transform the public transport system according to international standard.

Shahbaz Sharif said the project of metro bus service reflected the public service vision of Punjab government. He said under this vision, government resources were being utilised for improving the condition of common man and the development work on the first phase of 32 kilometer long metro bus service project from Gajumata to Shahdara was being carried out speedily. The chief minister said the bus stops of metro bus service had been designed keeping in view the needs of the passengers where level boarding would be arranged for the disabled and old age passengers for boarding in the bus. He said that the passengers would feel comfort due to facility of fan, potable water and clean toilets on these bus stops.

Terming the project of metro bus service a great cultural change in public transport system in Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif directed that the provision of facility of escalators for disabled passengers should also be considered. He said that the air-conditioned bus service in the hot weather of Punjab was not less than a blessing for citizens. He said the uncomfortable traveling means like chingchi and old buses were against the human dignity. Therefore, comfortable and rapid public transport of international standard is being introduced for commuters, he added.

Shahbaz Sharif said women, students, disabled and common man equally benefit from this facility. He said that due to the high standard of metro bus service, the people belonging to elite segment will also prefer to travel with common man in these buses as this service will be rapid, comfortable and reliable. Shahbaz Sharif directed that beautiful landscaping of flyovers be made coming in the route of metro bus service.

He said that due to use of horticulture expertise, the concrete structure will give an eye-catching look naturally. Earlier, representative of NESPAK Azhar Masood informed the meeting about various technical aspects of metro bus service.

Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, Vice Chairman Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmad, Head of Metro Bus Authority Sibtain Fazl-e-Haleem, Chairman Planning & Development, Provincial Secretaries, DG LDA and other officers attended the meeting.