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Islamabad’s Orange Line Metro moves 11,000 passengers daily, needs 30,000 travellers to become subsidy free

Islamabad’s new Orange Line Metro Bus Service is used by over 11,000 passengers everyday and the metro will become subsidy-free if the number of passengers reaches 30,000.

During the first month of operation, the newly opened Metro Bus Service, dubbed the Orange Line, which runs between Peshawar Morr and New Islamabad International Airport, attracted around 61% of its “estimated customers.”

Though the experts in the initial feasibility study predicted roughly 60,000 passengers per day on this metro route, the amount was later rationalized at the PC-I stage, with 18,000 people expected to commute on a daily basis.

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According to the financial model for this metro bus service, which has an average of 18,000 daily passengers, the service requires an Rs. 300 million yearly subsidies to meet its expenses, while the metro would become subsidy-free once the number of passengers hits 30,000.

The average daily ridership on the Orange Line Metro Bus service is satisfactory to the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Data on average ridership on the Orange Line Metro Bus route was analyzed during a meeting at CDA headquarters. The average daily passenger load for 15 buses was 11,464 passengers per day, resulting in 30 passengers every bus journey.

It was also shown that the Faiz Ahmed Faiz junction for the Orange and Red lines was the busiest, with 1,746 passengers per day, while the Police Foundation-Mauve Area Stop was the least used.

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Furthermore, on May 23, the busiest day of the year, with over 16,000 passengers, was the busiest day of the year. It has been observed that as time passes, the ridership on this route improves.

The CDA management expressed their delight that a big number of people are taking advantage of Orange Line Metro Bus service and expressed their optimism that with the upcoming inauguration of the green and blue lines, the connection between various districts of the city will improve, as well as the number of ridership.

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The administration expressed the hope that not only would this reduce traffic congestion, but that it would also assist to reduce air pollution in the city. It is important to note that buses are expected to arrive in Islamabad from Karachi by the end of this week; in the first phase, buses for the orange, blue, and green lines are also arriving in Islamabad.

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