Festivity rules Lahore as Metro Bus kicks off

Festivity rules Lahore as Metro Bus kicks off


The Metro Bus System (MBS), Pakistan’s first rapid mass transit bus project, that cuts through Lahore, was launched here recently amid much fanfare. The main credit goes to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who joined hands with the Turkish government, made this dream come true.  As part of this modern metro looking project, about 45 buses are plying a 27km dedicated corridor from Gajjumata to Shahdra for a minimal fare.


The MBS route covers dozens of residential and commercial localities along the city’s main artery. The route has 27 bus stations, nine of them built on the 8.6km long overhead. The Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA), a subsidiary of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), was given the task of constructing the MBS, a copy of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) of Istanbul, in collaboration with Turkish and local experts.




The project is of tremendous value to people who had to wait for hours while travelling in old buses for decades. The project has been completed with an investment of only Rs29.8bn, which has made the people’s dream of travelling in state-of-the-art buses that never happened in the history of Pakistan. Escalators are installed at every station so that older people can also go on the bus. On the main hubs public toilets and water coolers have been set up.


The government and the Lahorites took the MBS inauguration like a festive event and a large number of people thronged the route to welcome the inaugural operations right from Gajjumata to Shahdra. The people, including government officials and PML-N workers, showered rose petals on the buses carrying distinguished guests. Lahore was like a bride the whole week, all set in festivity.


A metro system is defined as an urban, electric passenger transport system with high capacity and high frequency of service, which is totally independent from other traffic, road or pedestrians. The terms heavy rail (mainly in North America) and heavy urban rail often have similar definitions. The dividing line between metro and other modes of public transport, such as light rail and commuter rail, is not always clear. A common way to distinguish metro from light rail is by their separation from other traffic.


Lahore’s MBS is now one of the finest one and most advanced metro system. Though Lahore’s MTS is quite advanced and sophisticated, it may have to learn many things from other metro systems running in various parts of the world. It is one of the best projects so far constructed in Lahore.


Posted on March 27, 2013, in Society and Literature and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 80 Comments.

  1. Zonia benjamin

    Good effort Saman

  2. I like this project very much and i have travelled through it. It is good mode of transport. It saves time and energy….

  3. Well Saman i agree with you this is best project i have ever seen

  4. Good Effort Saman.

  5. I liked it…. i want to travel on it as well…..

  6. Good work keep it up 🙂

  7. Very informative 🙂

  8. I hope Pakistan will progress a lot like this 🙂

  9. I totally agree

  10. Amazingly written 😀

  11. Best project so far….

  12. I think it is best project so far….

  13. Nicely wriiten Saman

  14. Saman Amazingly written…… It is one of the best project so far and i hope that Pakistan will progress like this day by day…

  15. Saman i think u have summed up every thing very well in one article……Good effort

  16. Very informative

  17. Junaid Farrukh

    Very well written Saman…. No doubt it is best project so far and i hope that our country will progress….

  18. Muhammad RIzawan

    Good work Saman

  19. Well wriiten Saman…. U mentioned everything in one article…

  20. saman i like your article very much 🙂

  21. Good Effort keep it up

  22. Saman i really like it…. Punjab Government really made it best 🙂

  23. Good Project and Wht u Wrote and Research is even better saman 🙂

  24. Good effort

  25. Well written Saman

  26. No doubt its a blessing for those people who have to travel by bus daily.

  27. gud work

  28. after having great problems of traffic stucking here and there, This porject along with the construction of mm alam and other roads has just changed the way lahore looked before. Effforts are visible. This is what was required.


  29. Good Work saman

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