LAHORE – The Lahore Transport Company (LTC) was plying 400 air-conditioned buses of international standard in the City and had made the majority of routes operational, the company’s chairman said on Saturday.

Addressing a meeting held to review the LTC performance, Khawaja Ahmed Hussain added the system of subsidy disbursement had been adopted to facilitate transport companies for providing efficient transport facilities to the public.

LTC CEO Khawaja Haidar Latif, Communication and Marketing General Manager Amjad Hussain, Finance General Manager Mariam Khawar and officers attended the meeting.

The chairman said the LTC had installed GPRS-based trackers in the company’s regulatory buses on major routes for the purpose of monitoring and subsidy disbursement in the public sector. “The LTC has for the first time established a sophisticated and fully-equipped control room for monitoring the buses,” he added.

Hussain said the LTC had evolved a transparent system of issuance of route permit to low and high occupancy vehicles. “We are implementing the scheme of free transport cards for senior citizens and special people. Air-conditioned buses of international standard have been been made operational on routes B-41 (Railway Station to Liaqtabad), B-55 (Railway Station to Sabzazar), B-56 (Thokar Niaz Baig to Raiwind), B-8 (Railway Station to Allama Iqbal Airport), B-28 (Airport to Valencia), B-18 (Railway Station to Tajpura) and B-49 (Railway Station to Kamonki),” he informed.

Hussain stated that the LTC was successfully implementing the student green card scheme in collaboration with educational institutions. “Students can travel with a concessional ticket of Rs10 on any urban route of the City. A driving training school has been established to impart professional training and sense of discipline to the drivers of urban buses.

Local and foreign transport companies are benefitting from the services of drivers trained from the school,” he maintained.

Hussain said the Pink Bus Service had been exclusively launched for female passengers on different City routes. According to him, the LTC’s Enforcement Wing is making hectic efforts for the maintenance of urban traffic discipline in an effective manner and 192 trained enforcement inspectors are performing their duties on various urban routes. The LTC planned to expand the Enforcement Wing for catering to all the existing urban routes in the City, he added.