City Interventions

Islamabad Bus Rapid Transit

Country: Pakistan
City: Islamabad

Key Stakeholders and PartnersCapital Development Authority of Islamabad; Government of Punjab

Project Preparation Study PeriodMay 2012 – September 2012

CDIA SupportUS$ 405,432

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$420 million (Government of Punjab)

Infrastructure sectorsUrban Transport

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan, the world’s sixth most populous nation. It is considered to be one of Pakistan’s most livable cities. Until 2012, the city did not have an urban transport master plan for the forward management of the sector. Furthermore, the level of congestion, while not as chronic as many other Asian cities, was beginning to have an impact on Islamabad’s clean environment and the overall livability of the city. Moreover, despite being the nation’s capital, Islamabad lacked a formal public transport system that adhered to industry service standards. This highlighted the unique opportunity for a well-designed and operated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to meet the needs of residents from all walks of life.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA supported the Capital Development Authority (CDA) of Islamabad in the following activities: (i) comprehensive review of the Master Plan for Islamabad, (ii) preparation of pre-feasibility study (PFS) for a BRT System for Islamabad, (iii) linking the PFS with potential financiers, and (iv) strengthening local capacity for improved infrastructure provision.

Expected Development Outcomes

The project is expected to generate the following benefits: (i) reduction in CO2 emissions and pollution; (ii) increased mobility and accessibility for urban poor through public transport development; (iii) Improved access to public transport service of the lower to middle income residents; and (iv) improved access to services and employment for the urban poor.


Key City informationLand Area: 220 sq. km.
Population: 1.3 million (2017)
City website: n/a

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