The demand for public transport in the Valley has rocketed along with urban expansion, but because for decades we have not had a government entity dedicated to public transport, the economy, public health, as well as the mental peace of the citizenry itself, have been affected.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: In a significant move to enhance travel convenience during the upcoming festive season, advance booking for public transport during Dashain has officially commenced today.

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: The government has increased the fare of public transport. Along with the increase in the price of petroleum products by Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) has revised fare rates for passenger and cargo vehicles for inter-provincial public transport.

Public transport fares increased

July 24, 2022 11:59 am

KATHMANDU, July 24: The government of Bagmati Province has increased the fares of public transport running in the province including in the Kathmandu Valley. The Bagmati Province Labor, Employment and Transport Minister's decision on July 2 decided to increase the fare of public vehicles running in Bagmati Province by 8.39 percent.

KATHMANDU, July 7: The Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office has launched a campaign to remove obscene, indigestible, abusive, illegal and distortive poems, ghazals and various articles written on public transport vehicles.

KATHMANDU, June 20: Along with the rise in the prices of petroleum products, fares of public transport have also gone up.

KATHMANDU, June 3: The Department of Transport Management has reduced the fares of public transport plying the inter-province routes.

KATHMANDU, April 14: Public transport and taxi fares have been increased in the Kathmandu Valley and Bagmati Province. The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Transport Management increased the fare on April 7 with effect from today.

KATHMANDU, April 9: Taxis plying in Bagmati Province will be increasing their fares by up to Rs 3 per kilometer effective from the Nepali New Year 2079 that falls on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Three District Administration Offices (DAOs) in Kathmandu Valley have decided to lift the odd-even rule for public transport including buses, microbuses and three-wheelers.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: An odd and even system has been implemented in vehicular transportation in Kathmandu Valley since this morning to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: While arguing that this is not an effective method to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, transport entrepreneurs have asked the District Administration Offices (DAOs) of Kathmandu Valley to revoke their earlier decision to implement the odd-even rule for public vehicles.

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: The third wave of COVID-19 has now been seen in Nepal. However, the minimum health standards are not being strictly followed in the means of public transport operating in the Kathmandu Valley.

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: The Meteorological Forecasting Division of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology has asked the public transportation and aviation sectors to apply needed precautions as there could be poor visibility due to fog in most of the parts of the country on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure Development (MoPID) of Bagmati Province has hiked the fare of the public transport in Kathmandu Valley as well as in all 13 districts in the Province.

JUMLA, July 27: As long- and short-distance means of public transport have started to operate in Jumla district, passengers have expressed their woes regarding the transport entrepreneurs charging unreasonable fares for the services.

KATHMANDU, July 24: With the decision to lift the ban on the movement of long-distance means of public transport by the District Administrative Office (DAO) of Kathmandu, the long-distance public buses have resumed their services from Saturday.

KATHMANDU, April 17: The government has started the process of installing global positioning system (GPS) devices in means of public transport, targeting to conduct effective monitoring of the public service vehicles.

KATHMANDU, March 21: Transport entrepreneurs have demanded the government to revise the fare of public transport at the earliest, which has remained the same since 2018.

KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The government has made the online ticket issuance of the passenger bus services mandatory for those operating in medium and long routes.

KATHMANDU, July 21: Entrepreneurs have announced that they are resuming the public transportation service inside the Kathmandu Valley from coming Thursday.

KATHMANDU, July 19: As per the government’s decision, public transport entrepreneurs are all set to resume their services from Monday, following all health safety guidelines issued by the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, March 23: Domestic airlines have decided to provide up to 36% discount on airfare to the passengers traveling to destinations other than Simara, Bharatpur and Janakpur from Monday.

Discipline the drivers

December 15, 2019 11:57 am

Driving, the most sensitive job on the road, seems to be becoming reckless job in recent times. Last week, a truck driver crushed a student in Nepalgunj inviting widespread protests from the students and the locals.  According to the locals, the student who lost both of her legs in that incident, was actually pushed to that stage when the truck driver rolled back the truck over her when he noticed that she was only injured.   Locals suspect that the truck driver actually intended to kill her.

Govt again bans ride hailing services

November 21, 2019 08:09 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: The government has banned the use of private vehicles for public transport, apparently with a view to restrict various popular ride-hailing services currently in operation in Kathmandu Valley.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: While private sector is all prepared to operate electric buses in public transport, government agencies seem to be undecided over modality of building charging stations.

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: There was huge optimism among people that the country was headed on the path of peace and stability after the formation of a new government with a near two-thirds majority in parliament. But such optimism has started to fade as people from different walks of life have started heating up the street again on a routine basis.

KATHMANDU, May 20: After more than a year since public transport cartels were declared illegal, the central body of transport entrepreneurs has asked its member associations to register companies.

Nearly everybody experiences anger in everyday life, whether its frustrations about making ends meet, the state of public transport or a misunderstanding at work. Gallup's 2019 Global Emotions Report set out to gauge emotions (including anger levels) in 143 countries. Anger tends to manifest itself more often in certain parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East.

KATHMANDU, April 9: The government plans to operate 300 electric public buses for Kathmandu valley, according to Shakti Bahadur Basnet, the minister for Forest and Environment.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Deyan Sunuwar, 23, of Dakshindhoka has been a wheelchair user for 12 years. And during all these years, he has struggled daily while accessing public transport.

Against public transport ordeals

December 27, 2018 11:36 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: On a random September evening, 24-year-old Sukriti Sherchan (name changed) took a bus from Sundhara. Like everyday, she took out her ear phones to tune to her phone playlist. Tucked herself to the second-row window seat, she sat facing the window. The moment she spared a glance around the bus, a man next to her exhibited his private part. 'I did not know how to react. It filled me with disgust and fear.

And then the song played

December 8, 2018 11:52 am

I was listening to this song for the first time, but it felt like every word spoke for me. The singer’s voice echoed the ecstasy that my fresh love-laden heart incorporated. It was in the crowded city bus amid the chaos of Kathmandu public transport.

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: The government, the political parties, bureaucrats and the private sector often point at each other for failing to control anti-competition practices prevalent in the public transport sector.