Gujrat city is an important industrial hub of Punjab as well as the capital of Gujrat District. Gujrat surrounded by many villages and towns is situated on the bank of Chenab River, which serves as passenger origin and destinations. Prominent nearby locations include Jhelum, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Lalamusa and Bhimber-Azad Kashmir. Gujrat is facing traffic problems, mainly because of improper infrastructure and lack of traffic sense. Better infrastructure, an efficient public transport system for Gujrat was the immediate need of time in order to facilitate the citizen's mobility. Public transport is by far the most efficient way of providing good access and interlinks various parts of the city for efficient daily commuting. In Gujrat city public transport, infrastructure needs substantial improvements. Keeping in view the importance and convenience of an improved public transport system Gujrat Chamber of Commerce (GCC) took initiative to improve public transport system for the daily commuters of Gujrat city.
Upon request of GCC, Chief Minister assigned the task to Transport Planning Unit (TPU) to conduct a Comprehensive Study for the provision of Public Transport System in the Gujrat City.The basic objective of this study was to assess the existing public transport system within the city and propose adequate public transport facilities. To accomplish this objective, field surveys were required regarding Public Transport using GIS. The scope of study was to collect data of existing public transport system operating within the city through transport surveys, preparation of GIS maps, coding of all the data collected, analysis of data, and preparation of a comprehensive report showing all the possibilities of adequate public transport facilities for Gujrat city.
Following surveys were conducted in order to obtain required public transport data:
- Road inventory Survey
- Bus Count Survey
- Public Transport User Interview Survey
- Bus Occupancy Survey
- Travel Speed Survey
- Land Use Survey
Operational route plans were proposed by the TPU team based on the passenger demand, available right-of ways/roadway capacities.