Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Friday (January 28) decided to launch Blue Line Bus Service on Islamabad Expressway from March 23 (Pakistan Day) onwards, news sources reported. The bus service consisting of a fleet of 10 buses will start from Soan River and end at Faisal Mosque.
According to reports, the project would also feature a bus service connecting Islamabad International Airport to Peshawar Mor, which will be started on the same day. The project is part of the Islamabad mass transportation effort, for which the CDA has agreed to purchase 30 buses from China, which will come ahead of the scheduled debut date. The authority is expected to issue a tender soon for the project’s IT infrastructure and ticketing system. Moreover, it was announced that the Blue Line Bus Service will provide free travelling service for female students, which will be a significant step toward increasing female safety and security on public transit routes.
It was also revealed that a similar scheme with 29 buses would be launched at a later date for three major routes: Bhara Kahu to Faizabad, Tarnol to Railway Station to M-5 Metro Station, and Soan to Faisal Mosque. It is worth noting that the Federal Commission has agreed to launch a feasibility study for the capital’s mass transport system based on 2017 census data.