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Lahore Metro
لاہور میٹرو
Locale Lahore, Pakistan
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 4
Number of stations 60
Began operation never built
Operator(s) Lahore Transport Company
System length 82 km (50.95 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Lahore Metro or Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) (Urdu: لاہور میٹرو‎) was a light rail transit system designed for Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan. First proposed in 1991, funding was not secured and in 2012, it was abandoned in favour of the more cost–effective Lahore Metro Bus System by the Punjab government which opened in February 2013.


The system was first proposed in 1991 and was updated in 1993 by Lahore Traffic and Transport Studies, funded by the World Bank. The project was subsequently shelved.[1]

In 2005, the Transport Department of Pakistan revisited the project and carried out a feasibility study and in 2007, the Asian Development Bank provided PKR1 billion to conduct a study on the project.[2] An 82 km (51 mi) long rail network with 60 stations was to be constructed in four separate phases as a part of the project. The first phase involved construction of a 27 km (17 mi) km railway line called green line which would include an 11.6 km (7.2 mi) underground network. This line would carry 250,000–300,000 passengers after construction.[3] The construction was expected to start in 2008 and complete in 2010.[2] However, the new Pakistani government in 2008, shifted its priorities to other projects.[4]

In June 2010, Malaysia based Scomi International proposed a US$1.15 billion monorail–based alternative to LRMTS. However, the project was not approved as the Chinese government agreed to loan the LRMTS US$1.8 billion.[2] The infrastructural investment required in LRMTS was US$61.9 million per km which was higher than the average range of US$13–50 million per km for similar projects.[5]

In 2012, the LRMTS was abandoned in favour of more cost–effective Lahore Metro Bus System by the Punjab government.[6]


As a part of the project, four separate tracks were to be constructed in different operational phases.[7]

Green Line[edit]

The Green Line was expected to cost US$2.4 billion to construct and would have extend from Shahdara to Hamza Town. The total length of Green Line was expected to be 27 km (17 mi), with 11.6 km (7.2 mi) underground and 15.4 km (9.6 mi) overhead. There would be in total 12 underground stations and 10 overhead stations built. The route of green line was changed slightly. Instead of going to the Regal Chowk, the route was designed to pass through Lyton road and then join Lake road in the previously proposed route.

Orange Line[edit]

The Orange Line was expected to cost US$1.9 billion to construct and would have extend from Ali Town to Dera Gujran. The total length of Orange Line was expected to be 27 km (17 mi), with 7 km (4.3 mi) underground and 20 km (12 mi) overhead. 6 underground stations and 20 overhead stations would have been built.

Blue Line[edit]

The Blue Line was expected to be a total of 24 km (15 mi) and would have extended from Chauburji to College Road.

Purple Line[edit]

The Purple Line would have joined the Green line, at Date Darban and the Orange Line, at Lakshami, to the Allama Iqbal International Airport.


As per January 2014. Punjab Government has decided to restart the project. Construction of orange line will be started in November 2014 and estimated completion time is 27 months.[9] The cost is $1.6 billion. 6.5 km of the track will be underground.[10] Major areas that will be covered by orange line:[11]

See also[edit]




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The News on Sunday

The News on Sunday
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:11:15 -0700

The BRTS — also the Lahore Metro Bus Service (LMBS) — was Punjab government's most ambitious projects ever and cost no less than Rs30 billion. It promised to field at least 115 buses with a capacity that would be three times that of the ordinary ...

The Nation

The Nation
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:13:13 -0700

Lahore Metro Bus Project was Pakistan's first mass transit project, the likes of which have never been attempted before. It is because of this reason there was a serious dearth expertise for such a project at all level including government departments, ...
The News International
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:52:30 -0700

Interestingly, one of the localities under discussion is going to be the last stop of Lahore's metro train that is coming up as a big project of international standing and which will make the CM proud in the eyes of the people of Punjab barring the ...

The Express Tribune (blog)

The Express Tribune (blog)
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 03:06:29 -0700

The metro bus service project has not been met with kindly by the residents of Islamabad for a host of reasons, the most prominent among them being the fact that it violates the master plan of Islamabad and will cause destruction to the trees the city ...
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:45:24 -0700

As explained by the project director, involvement of various companies would enable the government to complete the task in stipulated time by end of January 2015. “In fact, we are awarding contracts on the pattern of Lahore metro bus project. It proved ...
The News International
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:15:00 -0700

To my mind the Motorway, Lahore metro bus project and flyovers have facilitated the people to move around hassle free and reduced travel time. The allied services and business activities have helped in employment generation and emergence of new ...

The News International

The News International
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:07:30 -0700

He said after the success of Lahore Metro Bus Project, the construction work on Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project was continuing which would be completed within 10 months. He said the economy of the country was improving due to the solid and ...
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Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:10:04 -0700

Anwar said that in Lahore Metro bus public transport system has been inaugurated but there is a need of taking steps for the promotion of cycling and walking culture in the city adding that this reduce carbon emissions, lower energy consumption and ...

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