All You Need to Know About Metro Bus Service in Islamabad 2022

With the rising petrol prices and inflation, it seems impossible to go to your workplace or university every day in your own car. Heavy traffic at office timings also drains your remaining energy when you are coming back from the office. Imagine you daily have to go to the office and someone else gets to drive for you without costing you a fortune. What makes that possible and saves your energy and money at the same time? Public transport is your solution to all such problems!

Public transportation is very important for the lives of locals and tourists alike in cities and towns all around the world. All public transportation, including buses and trains, is intended to make life simpler for everyone. Public transportation networks lay the groundwork for communities to become more livable and prosperous in a variety of ways, from enhanced community health to affordability.

Capital Development Authority and other governmental officials came up with a very viable transportation solution a few years ago to facilitate the residents in every way possible.

The Orange Line Bus Service was recently introduced by PM Shehbaz Sharif in a high-profile inauguration ceremony that was attended by important project participants and foreign diplomats. It is the second phase of the renowned BRT system in Islamabad, which connects Peshawar Mor and the international airport.

The Orange Line would feature 30 contemporary buses when operating at full capacity, which would be sufficient for the system to function effectively. An estimate states that this service would be used every day by between 2500 and 2600 commuters.

To ensure that users of this cutting-edge service won’t experience any delays, a bus will leave and arrive at the station every five minutes during peak hours. The National Highway Authority (NHA) is responsible for developing the remaining track and bus terminals, although the CDA is in charge of buying the project’s buses.

Islamabad Metro Bus-Facts

● Phase 1 and Phase 2 broadly refer to the two routes that make up the Islamabad Metro Bus system.
● Between Pak Secretariat in Islamabad to Saddar in Rawalpindi, the Metro Bus network’s Phase 1 spans 23 kilometers.
● From Peshawar Morr Interchange to New Islamabad International Airport, the second phase of the Islamabad Metro route travels a distance of approximately 25.6 kilometers.
● E-ticketing is employed by the system.
● With 24 bus stations, the Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metro Bus is estimated to have cost PKR 44.8 billion.
● The transporters would be charged a set one-way fare of PKR 30. Despite changes in the price of fuel, it has not changed.
● There are 68 buses in all, 60 of which are now in use, and 8 are preserved as spares.
● The buses are owned by Platform Turizm, a private Turkish company.
● The operation, procurement, and maintenance are the three main expenses for Islamabad’s metro buses.
● The Turkish firm Platform Turizm Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMA) also gives the bus drivers with schedules and routes that they must adhere to.
● The 23 km long Metro Bus Corridor has 8.6 km of elevated, 10 km of grade, and 4 km of trench.
● According to estimates, Metro Islamabad carries 135,000 people each day.

Construction

In order to establish the Metro Bus project in the early 2010s, the provincial and federal governments collaborated based on research and several studies by the Punjab government and the Capital Development Authority. The twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi were to be connected in order to reduce traffic on the corridor.

The project was agreed upon on a 50:50 sharing basis by the Federal and Punjab governments at a meeting co-chaired on January 19, 2014, by Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Punjab’s Chief Minister. The Prime Minister delegated authority to the Provincial government under the Rawalpindi Development Authority because the Punjab government had finished a Metro Bus project in Lahore (RDA).

Once the project is finished, it was determined that Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMA) will handle operation and maintenance.

The Islamabad Metro Bus route’s development began in February 2014 and was finished in June 2015. The project, which had a budget of about PKR 44.31 billion, fell under the purview of the Rawalpindi Development Authority. Building the Metro Bus system was assigned to Habib Construction Services, one of the biggest construction firms in Pakistan. Let’s find out more about the stops along the Metro bus route in the twin cities that travels to Islamabad.

Fares, timings, and Facilities

The Metro Bus in Islamabad runs from 6:15 in the morning to 10 o’clock at night. The Metro Bus system makes use of an e-ticketing system and an Intelligent Transportation System wand. The automated system is controlled by the Punjab IT Board, while it is overseen by the Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMBA). Given that both are a part of the same transit system, the Metro bus schedule for Rawalpindi is likewise the same.

Aside from this, there are other amenities like ticketing booths, escalators, restrooms, platform screens, turnstiles for automatic fare collection, and many more that make it easier and safer for people to travel. Additionally, a central ITS control center is present, which monitors the BRT system’s overall performance.

The latest amenities, such as air-conditioned buses, and free wifi make commuters in Islamabad who utilize the Metro Bus happy.

If you purchase a one-way ticket, you are able to use the Metro Bus in Islamabad for one hour and fifteen minutes. You will need to pay more if you opt to remain longer. Due to the integrated fare structure, utilizing a Metro Bus Card just requires a single payment for the entire trip, which often entails three rides. The phone number for Metro Bus Islamabad is 051 111-222-627

How to Buy Token for Metro Bus Islamabad

Passengers in Islamabad must have a Fare Media, which can be either a token or a Metro Bus Card, in order to use the city’s public transport. This can be bought or refilled at the various metro bus stations’ ticket windows or ticket vending machines (TVM). You must first choose how many tokens you want to purchase at the ticket vending machine before inserting the necessary money PKR 30 per token. Gather the token and receipt.

Metro Bus Card

Choose the Metro Bus Card option at the ticket machine. When the green light starts to blink, submit banknotes. About PKR 130 gets you a Metro Bus Card. Gather the Metro Bus Card and the receipt. Passengers may return the card and receive their deposit back, but only if the cards are in good functioning order.

Metro Bus Turnstile Bay

The traveler has only 30 seconds to pass through the turnstile bay after tapping his Metro Bus Card on it. If you don’t pass in that time, the trip fee will still be taken off. The balance is also displayed when you tap the card at entry and exit locations.

Peshawar Morr to Islamabad International Airport Metro Bus Project

Construction is presently underway on the Metro Bus that will connect Peshawar Morr with Islamabad International Airport. Nine bus stations can be found there, including G-10 Station, NUST Station, NHA Station, M1-M2 Junction Station, Grand Trunk Road Station, G-1 Station, Badana Kalan Station, and Airport Station. There are 12 bridges, 26 culverts, and 11 underpasses in the Metro Bus project.

The National Highway Authority (NHA) has requested PKR 1.5 billion from the federal government to finish the project. When the Metro Bus is finished, it will help commuters who complain about expensive transportation costs because they spend between PKR 500 and PKR 1200 each way. Initially beginning in January 2017, it was anticipated that the project would be finished by March 2018.

From Golra Morr Interchange to GT Road Interchange, there will be a three-lane roadway on either side of the route, except the Islamabad Metro Bus route, to provide for unrestricted traffic movement. Additionally, it is anticipated that flyovers and underpasses would be built on existing highways to maximize comfort and give respite to those who would otherwise have to endure traffic congestion.

The largest airport in the nation is the New Islamabad International Airport, which boasts cutting-edge services and infrastructure. People are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Peshawar Morr to Islamabad International Airport route in order to take advantage of the high level of interest in real estate near the New Islamabad International Airport.

 

Greenline and Blueline Metro Bus Islamabad

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif recently opened the Green Line and Blue Line, two new metro bus routes in the nation’s capital. The first-ever bus service on this route will connect Bhara Kahu to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) stop thanks to the recently introduced Green Line bus. The Blue Line bus service will connect Koral Chowk, Khanna Pul, and Dhoke Kala Khan along its route as it travels from the Korang Bridge Expressway to the metro bus terminus in Faizabad.

The routes of these recently launched bus services have also been connected with Islamabad’s successful Red Line and Orange Line BRT systems, which run from Islamabad International Airport, bearing in mind the city’s ever-expanding transportation demands.

Over thirty new Green, Blue, and Orange buses have recently been deployed on various BRT routes to serve commuters throughout the twin cities, according to the official count.

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