PMA suggests ways to cut metro bus, train losses

Staff Reporter

The Punjab Masstransit Authority (PMA) will complete the transition of its operations with 64 brand new metro buses in the Lahore metro bus system by the end of August 2021.

In a statement on Sunday, the PMA spokesman said that 16 new buses procured by Veda Transit Solutions have already reached Lahore metro bus depot and the remaining 48 buses will arrive by the 15th of August.

The spokesman maintained the new contract will result in savings of Rs2 billion to the provincial government over the life of the contract.

Meanwhile, the PMA has forwarded its recommendations to the provincial government to increase ridership and reduce the subsidy of the orange line metro rail transit system.

According to the spokesman, it has been proposed to the government to introduce a distance-based fare and the fare should be charged according to the distance travelled by a passenger.

It is recommended that the senior citizen card be introduced to provide the facility of free travelling to senior citizens. Free travelling is also proposed for special/disabled persons through special person cards.

The spokesman disclosed that special discounts are recommended for students through student cards along with special discounts to be allowed for government employees through government employee cards. The PMA has also recommended a special discount for working women through working women cards.

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