Rising Petrol prices in Pakistan Cause People to Shift to Public Transport
Fuel rising costs cause people to shift to public transport. source: propakistani.pk

Pakistan has seen three major Petrol prices increase since May 20, 2022. Prices for petrol and diesel exceed Rs. 230 / liter and Rs. 260 / liter respectively, causing motorists in a few major cities to switch to public transportation.

According to a media report, about 100,000 intracity travelers in Multan, Lahore, and Rawalpindi have begun to rely on BRT, the intracity train, and the supply of bus services. The senior official of the Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) told the media.

Passenger rate:

While looking at the passenger rate, we found an additional 75,000 daily passengers on our inland transport systems – Orange Line Metro Train (Ali Town-Dera Gujran), Metrobus (Shahdara-Gajjumata), and Speedo buses routes to Lahore. Similarly, about 20,000 passengers have also switched to the metro bus system in RawalpindiMoreover He added that about 7,000 Multans had also changed to the municipal bus service.

Long route buses have hiked their fares:

The report also revealed that long distances buses had increased their fare by 35 percent, which has led to a drop in passengers from air-conditioned buses to non-air-conditioned buses due to lower fares. Moreover, He explains a PMTA official revealed that the government was planning to fund non-existent transportation services to reduce fares.

“We have sent a summary to the Punjab Cabinet and sought approval to introduce a distance-based fare instead of the flat Rs. 40 per passenger. The minimum fare is Rs. 20 for traveling on the Orange Line Metro Train. But the fares (Rs.30 and Rs.15) being charged in metro or Speedo buses would remain the same till further orders.”

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