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Pioneer Easy Bus set to introduce electronic pay buses

By Priscilla Muhairwe

Pioneer Easy Bus Limited, a local transport service provider is set to launch a new modern city bus transport service in and around Kampala

Pioneer’s Director, David Baingana said with the service, passengers will be charged basing on the number of kilometers travelled and will have their fares deducted electronically from plastic smart cards through two on board validators.

“On a single route basis, commuters on Pioneer Buses have on average been paying about a 50% of the fare charged by our counterparts in the local transport industry and these will not change,” the director said.

The Pioneer buses, manufactured in China by Yutong, the largest bus manufacturer in the world will have a total carriage capacity of 60 commuters; 30 seated and 30 standing commuters.

While announcing this development Baingana said that the company which has been operating since Sept 2007, will start a fully integrated commuter operation following the award of a 5 year concession to operate bus services in the Eastern and Western zones of the Greater Kampala.  A total of 522 buses will be required to optimally serve this entire area.

‘’We are delighted that we will take delivery of the first batch of 100 buses within the next 120 days and thereafter we will expect three subsequent batches of 100 buses at 45 day intervals with the last batch comprising of the final 122buses,’’ added Baingana.

The bus service is aimed at providing Ugandans with modern public transport services and will offer affordable and scheduled services to all city commuters in the areas such as Mukono, Luzira Bweyogere, Ntinda, Naalya and Kasubi, among others.

The new bus service is expected to help decongest the city using vehicle optimization while offering the best services to city dwellers. Buses will operate 20hr daily shifts a day on a scheduled timetable and will stop only at designated bus stops which will be easily identified by destination signage and route numbers.

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9 Responses to Pioneer Easy Bus set to introduce electronic pay buses

  1. Karamagi Frederick says:

    Good idea. The travel card system will make it easier for commuters to budget. For Pioneer Easy Bus Ltd (PEBL), this is good for cash flow/liquidity.
    Taxi operators will be very intent on failing the service. Waiting for buses to fill will be playing in their hands. Not many travellers will want to wait for a bus to fill (60 passengers) when a taxi needs only 14. I therefore suggest that PEBL adopt and educate the traveling public about scheduled departures – e.g. a bus departing City Square for Luzira every 30 minutes i.e. at the top of the hour and at half past the hour. You will be surprised how fast the public will get used to and love this system of schedules.
    Last, please train your staff in customer service and cleanliness – aspects that are in very short supply with taxis.

  2. Ndamira Arthur says:

    Its about time that we address the endemic traffic problem which is getting completely out of hand. Pioneers initiative is a step in the right direction. Vehicle optimization is the key. Well done Pioneer

  3. Tugume Elasmus says:

    What a great idea and less traffic wiil it be in our kampala town

  4. guwedeko isac says:

    the idea is good but pse stick on your objectives cos in uganda most companies came with good objectives but as time goes on they tend to go off the road so please pioneer company dont be like the past companies walk on the  wright path.

  5. Moses Tumuranze says:

    Atleast, finally there are high chances that the traffic jam in kampala city is finally going to reduce if and only if these objectives are effected. and if not fully mornitored, it could even worsen the situation.

  6. Aaliya Namutebi says:

    Indeed u ve helped us but what of distant places like Kyengera where passengers are over charged and they luck someone to rescue them because there LC111 Chairman i hear the so called ABDUL KIYIMBA fought with bUS drivers and his just left with no blame
    On top o that the park he made ,his supervissors are tortouring them as if they are the one paying their trpt  .Can u imagine they are overcharged (sometimes btn 3000-4000
    please help the whole uganda not Kampala district only

  7. lubega umar kaddunabbi says:

    just the right time to save Ugandans from the exploitation of tax men and also the congestion of Kampala from slums bse most pple are in places near town bse of transport.i stay in gayaza manyangwa but not worried of transport to work on gabba road imagine if you had not come how much i will use yet i have to feed and pay fees for my kids

  8. Nico Tolboy says:

    Finally the queues are gonna be reduced.
    Great innnovation

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