Pakistan has witnessed three massive hikes in fuel prices since May 20, 2022. Petrol and diesel prices have crossed Rs. 230/liter and Rs. 260/liter respectively, causing motorists across several big cities to shift to public transport.

According to a media report, around 100,000 intracity travelers in Multan, Lahore, and Rawalpindi have started relying on BRT, intracity train, and feeder bus services.

A senior official from Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) told Dawn that:

We have sent a summary to the Punjab Cabinet and sought its approval for introducing a distance-based fare instead of the flat Rs. 40 per passenger. The minimum fare suggested is Rs. 20 for travelling in 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.

Currently, there is no such plan in place for long-route bus services. Transporters have asked the government to increase subsidies so as to keep their services afloat and benefit the public

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