Provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Peshawar is home to millions of people, with rapid urbanization the need for improved and efficient public transport system was required which can also aid to lessen the load of traffic on the roads. It is evident by research that quality mass urban transport service contributes to social inclusion, better employment opportunities, and urban regeneration by increasing people’s mobility.
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKP), with its dedication, commitment and in the best interest of public, initiated Peshawar BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank to revamp the existing transport system of the city by replacing old, orthodox, unsafe transport system with state-of-the-art Bus Rapid Transit System. The project is a major undertaking not just in the development of the physical infrastructure of the city but as a catalyst for urban regeneration and economic growth. This public transport system is designed to improve capacity and reliability relative to a conventional bus system which is feeble enough to bear the load.
Peshawar BRT was inaugurated on August 13, 2020 by the Honorable Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Since operations more than 32 million passengers have travelled in Peshawar BRT till June 2021 and with the passage of time and introduction of new routes the ridership has been increasing. Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is planning addition of further routes with object of extending state of the art transportation service to whole Peshawar. The quality of services provided by TransPeshawar has been praised at different national and international forums.
As a Chairman of the Board of Directors of TransPeshawar, I believe that this mega public transport project has changed not only the face but also the future of Peshawar. I am confident that this will be a valuable asset serving the future generations to come and reflect Peshawar as a modern 21st century city.
Mr. Shahab Ali Shah
Chairman Board, TransPeshawar