Lahore Transport Company took up responsibility to provide efficient, safe, environmental friendly and affordable public transport facilities in Lahore city, LTC’s Planning & Operation wing continued public transport services under the guidelines expressed in The Punjab Gazette published in February, 2006.
In order to better facilitate the general public, LTC reclaimed these specific routes served by informal illegal transport by issuing specific number of LOV permits to mazdas/wagons. These permits are renewed on yearly basis, depending on the condition of the vehicle. Currently, there are 13 HOV and 33 LOV operational routes in Lahore. These routes connect major business, transit & recreational facilities within the Lahore city district.
In order to meet the ever increasing mobility demand and facilitate private transport operators, LTC has purchased 350 Ankai, 111 Foton, 21 Zongtong AC CNG buses for operation. Furthermore 90 diesel buses have been refurbished in order to provide an efficient public transport service to the general public. LTC has also contributed to infrastructure development for Lahore city, with removal of illegal occupants at transport depots, renovation of depots without government spending, installation of flag posts and shelters etc. In order to facilitate female gender, buses are operated exclusively for females, known as Pink Buses. Subsidized cards for students are also issued through which only PKR 10 is charged per trip. Free travel service for Senior and Disabled citizens is also a popular initiative undertaken by LTC.
Awareness of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is on the rise, especially in developing countries. For the same purpose, LTC has successfully implemented E-ticketing on all urban subsidized routes of Lahore. In phase II, LTC further plans to implement cashless transactions through smart cards. LTC has also launched ‘Apni Sawaari’, a smart phone app available on Google Play Store, which provides real time bus information, including bus arrival time, trip planning, live bus locator etc. to commuters.