Update (Nov. 4, 2021): Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon recently organised and chaired a meeting with the concerned civic authorities and agencies to discuss the progress of the Red Line BRT project, which covers major routes of the upcoming Trans Karachi Breeze mega transportation project in Pakistan’s largest city.
While addressing the meeting, Muhammad Iqbal Memon revealed that the Red Line BRT project will be based on a zero-emission mass transit system. The procurement of 250 bio-gas-powered buses is already underway.
The commissioner also said that the Red Line Metrobus in Karach is a large-scale project, which is being developed with the financial assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which accounts for 30% of the total project funding. While the rest of the expenses are being looked after by the provincial government.
Based on multiple important bus lines that connect major areas in Karachi, Trans Karachi Breeze is a mega-scale transportation project. It’s a state-owned project jointly funded by the federal and provincial government as well as international and local financial institutions.
For the past few years, work on Green Line Metrobus, the project’s biggest line is underway. Work on the infrastructure of this key bus route is almost complete, but its launch has been facing unsuspected delays for a long time. As per the latest updates, Green Line Metrobus in Karachi is expected to begin its operations in the latter half of 2021.
On the other hand, the government of Sindh has also announced the route of Orange Line BRT in Karachi. Running between Nazimabad and Orangi Town, this mass transit project is expected to cater to over 50,000 passengers on a daily basis. The construction of this bus route began in 2016 but it hasn’t been completed yet due to slow-paced development.
After the launch of these two key bus routes of Trans Karachi Breeze, the authorities are now gearing up for the development of Red Line BRT. In this blog, we are going to learn all about this upcoming metro bus in Karachi, including its projected route.
So, without any further delay, let’s get the ball rolling!
More About the Upcoming Red Line Metrobus, Karachi
As per a recent report published by a renowned news publication, a meeting was held at the Karachi commissioner’s office to review the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The project has been in the pipeline for almost half a decade.
Now, according to an official statement, arrangements for the launch of this metro bus project have been finalised. The authorities have set aside a budget of PKR 7 billion for the development of the Red Line bus service in Karachi.
An integral part of the Trans Karachi Breeze mass transit project, Red Line BRT will have two corridors. The bus line will run between Malir Halt and Tower via Numaish Chowrangi, catering to thousands of commuters on a daily basis. It is reportedly being planned as an environmentally friendly project.
The Red Line service in Karachi may get buses that run on eco-friendly fuel. Also, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) is planning to plant around 25,000 trees along the entire route of this mass transit project.
Projected Route of Red Line BRT in Karachi
Based on two corridors, the Red Line BRT route will be 29-kilometres long. As per the proposed route, this upcoming bus line for public transport in Karachi will have a total of 24 bus stops and pass through 13 major intersections around the city. The infrastructure of the project also includes 10 overhead bridges and seven underpasses.
The first corridor of the Red Line bus service will start from Model Colony near Malir Halt, going all the way to Numaish Chowrangi. Intersecting with Green Line BRT, the Red Line’s first corridor will end at this point. From here, its second corridor will take over and take passengers all the way to Tower. Red Line BRT will pass through the following areas, localities and landmarks in Karachi:
- Model Colony (First Corridor Starting Terminal)
- Safoora Goth
- King Cottages
- Met Office
- NED University
- Safari Park
- Nipa Chowrangi
- Federal Urdu University
- Masjid Baitul Mukarram
- Civic Centre
- Askari Park
- Dawood University
- Society Office
- Numaish Chowrangi (Second Corridor Starting Terminal)
- Tower (Second Corridor Ending Terminal)
Alternative Routes for Traffic Flow
Officials of different authorities are in the talks prior to the initiation of the project. Meetings of KMC officials have been held with the Traffic Police and Traffic Engineering Bureau to devise alternative routes for vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the construction of this metrobus project in Karachi.
Paying heed to the fact that commuters face a lot of difficulties due to the development of such a large-scale project on the roads of Karachi, necessary preventative measures are being planned to avoid traffic congestion in the city.
The Red Line bus service is going to be a delightful addition to the current public transportation system in the metropolis. Such kind of efficient mass transit projects will provide better transportation facilities to the commuter in the city and significantly reduce travel times.
Now that we have given you all the latest updates on Red Line BRT, Karachi, it’s time for us to wrap up this piece. Let’s hope these mega transportation projects will be launched soon as the megacity of Karachi is in dire need of them. We’d also like to know your thoughts on the subject. So, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a side note, you may also like reading about the mass transit project of Karachi Circular Railway, which has also been recently revived by authorities. However, its revival didn’t turn out to be as successful as expected.
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