The much-awaited Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) is nearing its official launch. The 27-km long electric train is set to undergo a testing phase which starts next week.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Finance Department is deliberating the service fare for Pakistan’s first modern mass transit system. The initial proposal from the finance department suggests that the provincial government wants to keep the fare between Rs. 40 to Rs. 50 for a single trip.
The test runs will start from December 10, while the project will be launched for the public in March next year.
Speaking to media regarding the opening of the mass transit system, Punjab Transport Secretary, Asad Rehman Gilani, said that the project still requires several tests before the official launch.
Once the train starts, several tests of aligning, breaking and signaling will be conducted and all of the services will then be integrated into the train.
He mentioned that during the process, they will attach only five bogies to the engine to cover 27 kilometers distance in 35 minutes.
About Orange Line Train
The Orange Line Train has 26 stations. Out of which, 24 stations are elevated while two stations are underground. Ali Town and Dera Gujran stations are the two terminals.
There are 27 trains and each will carry as many as five bogies consisting 60 seats. Just like Metro buses, there is a separate portion for women, senior citizens, and special persons.
As per officials, the Orange Line project will facilitate 500,000 passengers every day.