Kigali City launches new transport strategy
Kigali city launched a new transport strategy which will see operating busses assigned to specific routes, making public transport more efficient.
The decision was taken after consultations between KCC, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), traffic police and public transport companies.
“We have assessed the overcrowded directions from the city center so that we can have a well-organized transportation system,” said Fidel Ndayisaba, the mayor of Kigali city.
According to Emmanuel Katabarwa, head of transport regulation department at RURA, Kigali city has been divided into 4 main trajectories and each one has a specific common transport company assigned to carry passengers.
Kigali Bus Service (KBS) was given the city center-Rwandex-Remera-Samuduha (Kabeza) route, while Royal Express will ply the road city center-Rwandex-Sonatube-Kicukiro center. Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperatives (RFTC, formerly ATRACO) will take two lines: city center-Rwandex-Remera-Kanombe and city center-Kimihurura-Chez Lando-Kimironko –Zindiro.
Each line has got a person in charge who will answer to any issue encountered on the road. The traffic police commander Celestin Twahirwa assured that the police too will be also overseeing the process. “We will make sure they respect the agreement and that passengers are respected,” he said.
Finding it a decision which will test everyone’s capacity to deliver, Anitha Mukamusoni, the executive secretary of RFTC argued it is time for transport companies to show their ability to compete. “We will even have to approach our clients to get their suggestions on how we can upgrade our services,” she explained.
RURA stressed that transport fees will remain unchanged and reminded the companies that there is no limit for working hours – as long as there are still passengers on the road, transport should be provided.
Concerning the vexed issue of traffic jams, Kigali mayor Fidel Ndayisaba remarked that it is not yet a very big problem. “One doesn’t get stuck at the same place for more than 30 minutes, that’s bearable,” he argued, adding that nevertheless measures are being taken to reduce congestion. Apart from enlarging the main roads, they are planning to bring in more large buses and to persuade more people to use public transport, even those who have their own car.