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This article is about the rapid mass transit system. For the bus system, see Lahore Metro Bus System.
Lahore Metro
لاہور PTمیٹرو
Locale Lahore, Pakistan
Transit type Rapid transit
Began operation under construction
System length 27.1 km (16.84 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 Punjab Government has decided to restart the Lahore Metro project with Chinese assistance. Orange Line (Lahore Metro) will be the first line of the project and is under-development.


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 Data Darbar and the Orange Line, at Lakshami, to the Allama Iqbal International Airport.


The Punjab Government has decided to restart the Lahore Metro project with Chinese assistance. Orange Line (Lahore Metro) is an under development rapid transit system in Lahore, Punjab. This will be the first train mass rapid transit system. China will be financing this project.


Chinese government is entrusted for designing, construction and operation of the orange line. Construction of orange line is expected to start in November 2014 and the estimated completion time is 27 months. The governments of Pakistan and China in May 2014 signed an agreement to start a Orange Line Metro Train project.Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif signed the agreement from Pakistan side at a ceremony which was also witnessed by President Mamnoon Hussain and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The project will cost $1.6 billion.


The Orange Line (Lahore Metro) will run on a 27.1-kilometre track, of which 25.4 kilometres will be elevated. The service will initially benefit around 250,000 passengers a day. The capacity will be increased to 500,000 passengers a day by 2025. Shahbaz Sharif on the occasion said like the Metro Bus Service, the metro train would also be run in other cities after Lahore. “The metro train will revolutionize the way people travel as it will make the commute trouble-free,”.


Major areas that will be covered by orange line:

  • Thokar Niaz Baig
  • Multan Road
  • Chauburji
  • The Mall
  • Lakshmi Chowk
  • Railway Station
  • Garhi Shahu
  • GT Road
  • Pakistan Mint
  • Dera Gujjaran

See also[edit]




Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:25 -0700

According to figures shared by a Metro Bus Authority (MBA) official, Lahore's Metro Bus is like a white elephant, which has caused Rs1.64 billion loss to the government since its inauguration in February 2013 in terms of subsidy, which the government ...


Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:36:06 -0700

As an engineer associated with design and delivery of large infrastructure projects in the Middle East, including a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) - or what in Pakistan is called Metrobus, I am used to the term “Fitness for Purpose” to describe whether the ...

Pakistan Today

Pakistan Today
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -0700

He said that Lahore Metro Bus Project is a glorious example of Pak-Turk friendship. The chief minister informed the delegation that maximum facilities were being extended to Turk companies in the province. The Turk group expressed interest in ...


Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:02:47 -0700

KARACHI: Two aircraft of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) acquired through the wet lease program arrived in Karachi on Tuesday. Both aircraft have been acquired through Turkish Airlines and the agreement entails the use of aircraft as well as ...


Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:42:39 -0700

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The News International

The News International
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:20:03 -0700

The government, therefore, owes its people an explanation if the Lahore metro project has been grossly over-priced as it is being alleged. Likewise, people would like to know who has taken possession of valuable state land at throw-away price as well ...

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