PESHAWAR: The Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service during the first two weeks of its operation has distributed around 315,000 ‘Zu cards’ to people living in the provincial capital.
Out of the 315,000 ‘Zu cards’, around 41,000 were purchased by people while the rest were distributed by TransPeshawar officials.
According to TransPeshawar officials, an average of 100,000 passengers are using the service on a daily basis. Officials added that this number is expected to increase in the future keeping in mind the interest shown by the people regarding the project.
Three days ago, Peshawar BRT’s Hayatabad feeder route was inaugurated. Other feeder routes are also expected to be inaugurated in the coming weeks which will increase the number of passengers.
Asmat Shah, a resident of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) district Tank while talking to Profit said that prior to the inauguration of the BRT service, people used to use old buses and vans which would take hours to reach their destination due to congestion on roads adding that the BRT service has made travel easier for people living in KP’s provincial capital.
Passengers who have used the new BRT service while talking to Profit expressed satisfaction over the service, but said that it would take at least six months for them to give a final verdict on the quality and efficiency of the service.