Metro Bus Services in Punjab, Pakistan

Transportation in Pakistan is wide and diverse, with a population of over 220 million. With this growing population, it is very important to provide comfortable transportation to the people so that they can make their daily journey very easily. Pakistan’s buses are a vital part of the country’s transportation infrastructure. Metro bus services have been introduced in Lahore, Islamabad and Multan to provide fast, efficient and affordable public transportation for residents and visitors. The buses are air-conditioned with comfortable seating, making them a popular choice for commuters within the cities.

Metro Bus Services in Punjab, Pakistan

There are three metro bus services in Punjab, Pakistan which are listed below:

  1. Lahore Metro Bus Systems
  2. Rawalpindi Metro Bus Systems
  3. Multan Metro Bus Systems

Lahore Metro Bus Systems:

In order to reduce the ever-growing traffic problems in Lahore, Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMA) has established Bus Rapid Transit System called Metro Bus System line 1 from Gajjumata all the way up Shahdara. This BRTS is actually operated by PMA which makes it one of their first systems operating successfully throughout, Punjab Pakistan. Lahore Metro Bus system is one of the first metro bus services in Punjab, Pakistan, which was started in 2013.

Operational: Since February, 2013
Route Length: 27 Km (Gajju Matta to Shahdara)
Headway:  2.25 Minutes to 3 Minutes
Operation Hours: 6:15 am – 10:00 pm
Number of Buses: 64
Number of Stations: 27

Tickets can be purchased at the bus stop or on the bus itself. Fares start at just Rs 30 (approximately $0.20) for a single journey.

Lahore Metro Bus Stations List:

There are 29 stations of the bus from Shahdara to Gajjumata are given below.

  • Shahdara Terminal
  • Niazi Chowk
  • Timber Market
  • Azadi Chowk
  • Bhatti Chowk
  • Zila Katchery
  • Civil Secretariat
  • MAO College Orange Line (Lahore Metro)
  • Janazgah
  • Qartaba Chowk
  • Shama
  • Icrha
  • Canal
  • Qaddafi Stadium
  • Kalma Chowk
  • Model Town
  • Naseerabad
  • Ittefaq Hospital
  • Qainchi
  • Ghazi Chowk
  • Chungi Amar Sidhu
  • Kamahan
  • Atari Saroba
  • Nishtar
  • Youhanabad
  • Dulu Khurd
  • Gajjumata Terminal

Rawalpindi Metro Bus Systems:

The intense traffic and sprawling metropolitan cities in Pakistan such as Rawalpindi are some of the biggest problems that needed to be solved. To provide a safe, efficient way for people to commute between their homes or work places without having any hassle with cars on roads all around them; an urban transportation system known as Metro Bus Rapid Transit System (MBTS) run by PMA, which operates between Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The line was inaugurated on June 04, 2015.

Operational: Since June, 2015

Route Length: 24 Km (Sadar to Pak Secretariat)
Headway:  2.25 Minutes to 3 Minutes
Operation Hours: 6:15 am – 10:00 pm
Number of Buses: 68
Number of Stations: 24

Islamabad Metro Bus Stations

  • Secretariat
  • Parade Ground
  • Shaheed-e-Millat Road
  • Seventh Avenue
  • Saudi Pak Tower
  • Centaurus
  • Kachehry Stop
  • Ibn-e-Sina Road
  • Chaman Road
  • Kashmir Highway
  • Faiz Ahmad Faiz Road
  • Khayaban e Johar
  • Pothar Road
  • IJP Road

Rawalpindi Metro Bus Stations

  • Faiz Abad
  • Shams Abad
  • Sixth Road
  • Rehman Abad
  • Hospital
  • Waris Khan
  • Committee Chowk
  • Liaqat Bagh
  • Marrir Chowk
  • Saddar
  • Flash Man Hotel Chowk

Multan Metro Bus Systems

The Multan Metro bus system is one of the metro bus services in Punjab, which is a new form of transportation that has been brought to the city. The 18-kilometer track will run from Bahauddin Zakria University all the way through Chowk Kumharan, with 21 stations in total, including 7 at grade and 14 elevated ones!

Operational: Since January, 2017
Route Length:  18.5 Km  (BZU to Qaddafi Chowk)
Headway: 3 Minutes to 5 Minutes
Operation Hours:  6:15 am – 10:00 pm
Number of Stations: 21
Number of Buses: 35

Multan Metro Bus Stations List

  • Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Terminal
  • Bahadarpur
  • Mehmood Kot
  • Northern Bypass
  • Shalimar
  • Sabzazar
  • Chungi 6
  • Gulgasht
  • Chungi 9
  • Qasim Fort
  • Bab-e-Dolat
  • Hafiz Jamal
  • Manzoorabad
  • Ahmedabad
  • BCG Chowk
  • Peoples Colony
  • Vehari Chowk
  • Multan General Bus Stand
  • Jinnah Bagh
  • Shah Rukn-e-Alam
  • Kumharanwala Chowk Terminal

To Sum Up:

Cities in Pakistan are expanding their metro bus systems, keeping in mind traffic congestion. These three metro bus services in Punjab, Pakistan discussed above have been successful in reducing traffic congestion and helping people commute easily within the cities. Other cities have also adopted this kind of transport systems such as Peshawar BRT and Karachi Green Line BRT.

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