Islamabad and Rawalpindi Metro Bus Routes
Until recent times, public transport in Islamabad was generally in shambles and required urgent intervention of the government. Therefore, based on research and various studies conducted by the Punjab government and the Capital Development Authority (CDA), the provincial and federal governments joined forces in the early 2010s to launch a metro bus project. The goal was to connect Islamabad and Rawalpindi, and to relieve traffic congestion on the corridor.
In 2014, the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Chief Minister of Punjab co-chaired a meeting in which the federal and Punjab governments approved the project on a 50:50 sharing basis. Since the Punjab government had completed a metro bus project in Lahore, the Prime Minister delegated responsibility to the provincial government through the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA). Once the project is completed, it was decided that the Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMA) will handle its operation and maintenance.
The Islamabad metro bus route construction began in February 2014 and was completed in June 2015. The Rawalpindi Development Authority was tasked with overseeing the project, which cost approximately PKR 44.31 billion. Habib Construction Services, one of Pakistan’s largest construction firms, was tasked with building the metro bus system.
Graana.com, Pakistan’s smartest property portal, takes a detailed look at the metro bus routes in Islamabad: how the project was conceived, when was it completed, and when the airport route will become functional.
Line 1 Metro Bus Stations
Line 1 became operational in June 2015. It starts in front of the Pakistan Secretariat, cuts through the centre of Islamabad and ends at Saddar, the commercial centre of Rawalpindi.
The stations on the route are:
- Pak Secretariat
- Parade Ground
- 7th Avenue
- Stock Exchange
- Kashmir Highway
- Faiz Ahmed Faiz
- 6th Road
- Chandni Chowk
- Waris Khan
- Committee Chowk
- Liaqat Bagh
- Marrir Chowk
Line 2 Metro Bus Stations
The 27-km line 2 from Kashmir Highway metro station runs parallel to the Srinagar Highway, and ends at the new Islamabad International Airport. Bus stops in line 2 are:
- Kashmir Highway
- High Court
- NUST/G-12 (East)
- NUST/G-12 (West)
- Golra Mor/G-13
- Grand Trunk Road
- Jammu & Kashmir/ G-15
- Badhana Kalan/G-16
- M1/M2 Interchange
- Rakh Pind Ranjha
- Islamabad Airport
Fare and Timings
The Islamabad metro bus service operates from 6:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The system employs an Intelligent Transportation System wand as well as an e-ticketing system. The Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMBA) manages it, while the Punjab IT Board manages the automated system. Since they are both part of the same transportation system, the Rawalpindi metro bus timings are also the same.
Aside from that, there are ticketing booths, escalators, toiletries, platform screens, turnstiles for automatic fare collection, and other amenities that help passengers travel safely and easily. There is also a central ITS control room, which monitors the entire operation of the bus rapid transit system. Passengers who travel by metro bus in Islamabad are generally pleased with the modern amenities, such as air-conditioned buses and free WiFi.
How to Buy a Ticket
Passengers using public transportation in Islamabad must have a fare media, which is either a token or a metro bus card. This can be purchased or recharged at the various metro bus stations’ ticket offices or Ticket Vending Machines (TVM). To purchase a token from the TVM, first select the number of tokens desired, enter the required amount (PKR 30 per token), and then take the receipt and token.
The metro bus card, on the other hand, costs approximately PKR 130. Passengers can return the card and also reclaim the deposit, but only if the cards are in good working order.
When a metro bus card is tapped on the turnstile bay, the passenger has only 30 seconds to pass through. If you do not pass in those 30 seconds, the trip fare will be deducted. Additionally, when you tap the card at entry and exit points, it displays the remaining balance.
Buying a Ticket or Card
Both the metro bus card and token serve the same purpose, but the card is more suitable for someone who commutes daily for school/university or their workplace as they won’t have to wait in line for a token.
On the other hand, a token is good for a single trip as it has a time limit of about an hour, after which the token is not accepted at the turnstile. In case the token runs out of time and the person has not exited from the turnstile, he or she is charged with 50 rupees that has to be paid in cash on the spot. The same process is followed if the token is lost by the carrier.
Facts on Islamabad Metro Bus Service
|Line 1, which starts from Pak Secretariat and ends in Saddar, has a total length of 23 km.|
|There are 24 stations on Line 1, which cost around 44.8 billion rupees to construct.|
|Line 2, which starts from Kashmir Highway and ends at the Islamabad Airport, is 25.6 km.|
|The metro bus rapid transit system was the first system in the country that used e tickets.|
|Currently one ticket costs 30 rupees.|
|The project currently has 68 buses of which 60 are actively used while 8 are kept in spare.|
|Metro was previously operated by a Turkish company M/S Platform Turizm.|
|Upon completion of the contract on 31 August 2021, the new contract was awarded to VEDA Transit.|
|The metro bus schedule and rates are finalised by the Punjab Mass transit Authority (PMA).|
|The phone number for Metro Bus Islamabad is (051) 111-222-627.|
Airport Metro Route Update
The Peshawar Morr Metro Bus to Islamabad International Airport is currently under construction. G-10 Station, NUST Station, NHA Station, M1-M2 Junction Station, Grand Trunk Road Station, G-1 Station, Badana Kalan Station, and Airport Station are among the nine bus stops. 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 complete the project and estimated that the commuters who were paying PKR 500 to PKR 1200 to taxis would benefit the most. The project had originally begun in January 2017 and was to be completed in four phases:
- Under the first phase, the section from the Kashmir Highway metro station to the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) was to be finished.
- The second phase would continue from NUST up till the Grand Trunk (GT) Road.
- The third phase was to continue from GT Road to the Interchange.
- The last phase was for the completion of underpasses and bridges.
However, as of March 2022, the project has yet to be inaugurated.
The New Islamabad International Airport, with its modern infrastructure and facilities, is the country’s largest airport. People have shown a strong interest in properties near New Islamabad International Airport and are eagerly awaiting the completion of the Kashmir Highway to Islamabad International Airport route so that they can take advantage of it.
According to a recent news report in The Express Tribune, “nearly 90% of the work has been completed as the bus corridor is ready for use, while the finishing work on two of the total seven bus stations was pending.”
The Work Goes On
The route of the capital city’s metro bus system is currently being extended from Kashmir Highway metro station to Islamabad International Airport, as originally planned. It will significantly improve connectivity between the airport and many key areas of the city, making daily commutes easier. A shuttle bus service will be used to connect the Kashmir Highway metro station, which serves as the route’s starting point, with various parts of the capital.
The National Highway Authority (NHA) completed work on a 27-kilometre road for the new metro bus route last year at a cost of PKR 16 billion. The purchase of 30 new buses for the Peshawar Mor-Islamabad Airport BRT route is currently in progress.
The Capital Mass Transit Authority (CMTA) is also being formed to oversee the operations of Islamabad’s metro bus service. The Capital Development Authority will directly manage and control the CMTA once it is established (CDA).
Places Near Metro Bus Stations
|Parade Ground||Marriott Hotel, Pakistan National Council of Arts|
|Shaheed-e-Millat||Poly Clinic, Aabpara, Press Club, Super Market, Melody Food Street, GPO|
|7th Avenue||Jinnah Super, Food Street, Lal Quarters, Satara Market|
|Stock Exchange||Saudi Pak Tower, Stock Exchange Building|
|PIMS||PIMS, Faisal Masjid, Zoo, Daman-e-Koh|
|Katchery||F-9 Park, Katchery|
|Ibn-e-Sina||F-9 Park, Katchery|
|Chaman||Karachi Company, Mazoor Hospital|
|Kashmir Highway||Motorway, Golra, FIA Headquarter, Allama Iqbal Open University, Hilal-e-Ahmer, Sunday Bazar, Peshawar More, Nadra, EOBI, NUST, Zero Point, PID, Islamic University|
|Faiz Ahmed Faiz||HEC, Polytechnic College, SZABIST, National Language, Federal Board, Education, H-8 Graveyard|
|Khayban-e-Johar||Margalla Railway Station, NUML, Sui Northern Gas, Industrial Area|
|Potohar||I-9 Markaz, I-8|
|IJP||Pindora Chungi, Double Road, Food Street, Stadium, Pirwadahi Road|
|Faizabad||Bus Stops (addah), Rawal Dam, Islamabad Highway|
|Shamsabad||Pir Mehar Ali Shah University, Nawaz Sharif Park, Double Road, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Food Street, Art Council|
|6th Road||Post Graduate College, 6th Road, Govt. College Satellite Town|
|Rehmanabad||Commercial Market, Sadiqabad|
|Chandani Chowk||Central Hospital, Rawal Road, Holy Family, Asghar Mall|
|Waris Khan||Bani, Jama Masjid Road, Sarafa Bazar, Naz Cinema|
|Committee Chowk||District Headquarter Hospital, Raja Bazar, Rawal Road, Punjab Institute of Cardiology|
|Liaquat Bagh||Raja Bazar, RDA, Gordon College, Savour Foods|
|Mareer Chowk||Rawalpindi Katchery, Fatima Jinnah Women University, CB College, Jinnah Park|
|Saddar||Bank Road, Railway Station, CMH, AFIC, CSD, GPO, Cantonment General Hospital|
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