The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will introduce two new metro bus routes, the Purple Line and the Silver Line, in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The new services will include special benefits for elders and students.
According to information supplied to the media by the CDA Chairman’s office, the Purple Line bus service will travel along IJP Road, while the Silver Line will depart from Taramri.
Purple Line bus service would benefit residents of Pirwadhai, Khyaban-e-Sir Syed, Dhoke Najju, New Katarian, Dina, Pindora, Shamsabad, and the I-9, I-10, and I-11 sectors near IJP Road.
Citizens above 60 years of age will be given 50 percent discount on the buses, while children below 10 years of age to be provided free traveling facilities. All the new metro bus services will be aligned with the existing metro bus service operations.
Islamabad and Rawalpindi have the country’s first interconnected metro bus service aimed at facilitating the commuters plying in the twin cities. With the service, Bhara Kahu, New Islamabad Airport, GT Road, Koral, Murree Road and CDA sectors are connected through Green, Orange, Blue and Red Lines respectively.
The bus service runs from Bhara Kahu to PIMS (Green Line), Koral to PIMS (Blue Line) where all the Green Blue service will merge with Red Line (Rawalpindi Islamabad Metro) and Orange Line to Airport.
The original plan called for the purchase of 300 brand-new buses to support these increased services. The municipal government will most likely contact China once more to purchase new buses.
An official reacted on the development and said: The launch of two new bus routes is a part of the efforts being made to offer the public a contemporary transportation system at unbelievably low rates. These services will be offered in areas where the Metro Bus currently does not serve.