Stake holders in the public transport sector are scheduled to have a grand meeting scheduled to take place on Thursday January 30, 2020 at the auditorium of International University of East Africa (IUEA), Kansanga under the theme, “From planning to execution.”
The meeting will be a grand climax of other meetings held with various institutions in the sector including the Ministry of Works and Transport, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), local governments of Wakiso, and Mukono among others.
President Museveni recently directed the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to track the Tondeka Metro buses aimed at improving urban transport services around the city.
This year, over 980 Ashok Leyland buses from Hinduja Group are going to be imported to kick-start a safe, reliable and affordable public transport system in Kampala Metropolitan.
They are meant to ply the Kampala-Mukono, Kampala-Nsangi, Kampala-Buloba, Kampala-Wakiso, Kampala-Matugga and Kampala-Ggaba routes and they will be managed by the Uganda Development Corporation.
It will be the first arrangement of the kind as passengers are expected to experience and enjoy a robust cashless system which will see the passengers swipe cards as opposed to the old cash system.
In East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda have implemented mass bus transit systems within the city to rid them of the traffic gridlock. Many developed cities in the world have taken on this approach.
Economists hope this project will be a game-changer and one they believe has been long overdue.