Despite being the largest and most populated city in Pakistan, Karachi has been facing the absence of a proper public transportation system for decades. In history, many public transportation projects were promised by the Government but due to negligence of the authorities, each project failed to complete and the public had to fulfill their need via old and ill-maintained wagons, and mini and full-sized buses owned by private transporters.
However, times have changed since the launch of the long-awaited Green Line BRT and Orange Line project by the federal and provincial governments. After these big BRT projects, Karachi citizens are expecting the inauguration of Red Line Metrobus systems soon as well. With such advanced, comfortable and affordable transportation systems being launched in the city, people have finally found some peace in their hearts.
But besides these large-scale BRT projects, to facilitate Karachiites even more, the Sindh government has recently introduced the People’s Bus Service in Karachi and Larkana.
Amid rising fuel prices and economical instability, the Peoples Bus Service is no less than a blessing for Karachiites since it is offering air-conditioned, safe and comfortable commutes to the people at a very affordable price.
Some Key Features of Peoples Bus Service Karachi:
If we talk about the total number of buses, well, currently 140 buses have been added to the People Bus Service Fleet, out of which 130 have been deployed in Karachi since it the city has a larger number of users and the remaining 10 buses have been deployed in Larkana. Each bus has a seating capacity of around 40 persons and dedicated spaces for ladies. The buses are very modern and are equipped with a myriad of noteworthy features to provide a comfortable and safe traveling experience to their passengers.
The buses have very small doorsteps to make it convenient for old age people, children and ladies while boarding and getting off the bus. Furthermore, the buses are fully air-conditioned and the sitting is also very comfortable. The bus also has emergency stop buttons, railings and hand grips for the moving and standing passengers.
Peoples Bus Service Routes:
Keep in mind that all the mentioned below routes of the People bus service are currently operational unless there is some ongoing maintenance work at the station.
Route 1 – Model Colony to Tower (29.5 Km)
The first route from Model Colony to Tower covers Malir Halt, Colony Gate, Nata Khan Bridge, Drig Road Station, PAF Base Faisal, Laal Kothi, Karsaz, Nursery, FTC, Regent Plaza, JPMC, Cant Station, Metropole, Regal Chowk, and Aram Bagh.
Route 2 – North Karachi to Landhi (32.9 Km)
This route will cover Nagan Chowrangi, Shafiq Morr, Sohrab Goth, Gulshan Chowrangi, NIPA, Johar Morr, COD, Drigh Road Station, Colony Gate, Shah Faisal Colony, Singer Chowrangi, and Landhi Road.
Route 3 – Five Star Chowrangi to Shaan Chowrangi (33 km)
The third route will cover the distance from 5 Star Chowrangi, KDA Chowrangi, Nazimabad Eid Gah Ground, Liaquatabad 10, Essa Nagri, Civic Centre, National Stadium, Karsaz, Nursery, FTC, Korangi Road, KPT Interchange and Shan Chowrangi.
Route 4 – North Karachi to Dockyard (30.4 Km)
The fourth route will cover University Road, Motorway M-9, Al-Asif Square, Ayesha Manzil, Federal B Area, Liaquatabad 10 Number, Lalu Khet, Guru Mandir, Society Chowrangi, Empress Market, Sindh High Court, Art Council, I.I Chandigarh, and Tower.
Route 5 – Surjani Town to Masroor Base (28.2 Km)
The route covers New Karachi, Shafiq Morr, KMDC, Ziauddin Chowrangi, KDA Chowrangi, Musa Colony, Manghopir, SITE Area, and Gulbai.
Route 6 – Gulshan-e-Bihar Orangi to Singer Chowrangi (29.6 Km)
This route covers Orangi Town, Banaras, Paposh Nagar, SITE Area, Golimar, Garden, PIB Colony, Jail Chowrangi, Bahadurabad, Baloch Colony, Mahmoodabad, Manzoor Colony, DHA Phase 1, KPT Interchange, and Shan Chowrangi.
Route 7 – Mosamiyat to Baldia Town (28.9 Km)
The route includes Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Federal B Area, North Nazimabad, Orangi Town, and Qaddafi Stadium.
Route 8 – Larkana City
The route starts from Larkana Junction, Civil Hospital, Shahi Bazaar, Naudero Chowk, Municipal Stadium, 7 Naka Bridge, Abro Colony, Central Jail up to the Larkana Depot.
Route 9 – Gulshan-e-Hadeed to Tower (36 Km)
Route No 9 covers areas from Gulshan-e-Hadeed to Tower for a total of 36 kilometers and includes Allah Wali Chowrangi, Steel Town, Port Qasim Chowrangi, Manzil Petrol Pump, Quaidabad, Malir City, Malir Halt, Colony Gate, Natha Khan Bridge, Drig Road Station, PAF Base Faisal, Lal Kothi, Karsaz, Nursery, FTC, Metropole, Press Club, Arts Council, Jang Press, and City Station.
Route 10 – Numaish to Sea View (12 Km)
The route stars from Numaish, M.A. Jinnah Road. Zaibunnisa Street, Metropole, Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Teen Talwar, Park Tower, Bilawal Chowrangi, Khayaban-e-Saadi, Marine Promenade, Dolmen Mall Clifton, up to Seaview McDonalds.
Route 11 – Shireen Jinnah Colony to Meeran Naka, Lyari (12.5 Km)
This route connects Bilawal Chowrangi, Boat Basin, US Consulate General, Mauripur, Keamari and Lyari.
People Bus Service Timing:
The People Bus Service is available for the public from 7 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.
People Bus Service Ticket Prices:
The tickets for People Bus Service can cost you a minimum of Rs 25 and a maximum fare of Rs 100. The amount of fare will basically depend on which route are you traveling on.