Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

P & R Vol.2 Issue 1
Lahore’s OmniBus
Publication Year : 2021

Lahore has not always been unfamiliar with public transport. Around the 1940s, the Lahore and Karachi saw a surplus making ‘Lahore Omnibus Service’ (LOS) which was packed after a decade of its successful operations and was one of the largest taxpayers. These double-decker buses assembled at Ferozepur Depot with engines from the Bedford Chassis had made moving around the city very convenient and had covered cities by breadth and width. The attempts by the government to seek loans from financially- too-good LOS had left the business model of LOS failed. Since then, Pakistan has seen uneven attempts at public-transport with loss-making efforts and deficit financing.