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.