The Islamabad metro bus fare increases to Rs.30 from the previous Rs.20 per person. from Friday. The bus that regularly transports customers between Rawalpindi and Islamabad has become slightly expensive.
Punjab Mass transit Authority (PMA) was allowed by the Punjab government to raise the fares of the metro bus service from Rawalpindi and Islamabad and in Lahore. However, bus fares in Multan will remain the same.
Uzair Shah the PMA General Manager Operations said that the government has given approval of the summary to raise the metro fare.
He said, “The new fare of Rs30 will be implemented from Friday morning, and all passengers have to pay the increased fare.”
As the petroleum product prices have increased in the last few months, it has been decided to increase the metro bus fare as well. It is essential that the government subsidy for the service remains the same, thus the charges per person have been increased.
A senior PMA official said, “After coming into power in 2018, the PTI-led Punjab government wanted to increase the metro bus service fare to end the subsidy given to the PMA to keep the fare at Rs20 per person.”
It was decided back in June to raise the metro bus fare, but due to fear of public criticism, it was not implemented. But as the petroleum prices continue to go up, it has been decided to increase metro bus fare by Rs.10.