Peshawar is the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an increasing population on year to year basis. This has put stress on public services be these education, health employment or transport.
It is evident by research that quality urban transport service contributes to social inclusion, better employment opportunities, and urban regeneration by increasing people mobility. In addition, modern urban transport system also fosters healthier communities as traffic congestion and carbon emissions are reduced. For far too long, the quality of transport services in Peshawar and in the province has been poor, unreliable and unsafe. It also has been inaccessible for women, children, and people with disabilities. Furthermore, poor traffic conditions, unsafe existing public transport system, debilitating fleet conditions and dire the demand for public transport system further add to this situation.
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (GoKP), committed to reform and improve basic public services, has long realized this need. After a lot of research and urban planning of the city, GoKP finally kicked off Peshawar BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank. There are two major executing agencies of this project – Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) and TransPeshawar (TP). PDA is responsible for civil work and infrastructure of the project, while TP is responsible for ongoing operation and maintenance of BRT. 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.
As a Chairman of Board of Directors of TransPeshawar, I believe that this mega public transport project will change 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. Shahzad Khan Bangash
Chairman Board, TransPeshawar