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Zupco mass transit system extended to rural areas

by Staff reporter
16 Oct 2019 at 16:16hrs | Views
The expanded ZUPCO Mass Transit System which is now incorporating commuter omnibuses will now be extended to rural areas in a move meant to further cushion the commuting public from the prevailing rising costs of public transport.

A number of issues came under the spotlight during this week's Cabinet meeting and these include the ZUPCO mass transit systems, the doctors strike as well as the SADC anti-sanctions solidarity March Set for the 25th of October 2019.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, briefed Cabinet on progress made on the roll-out of the Expanded ZUPCO Mass Transit System.

"This is a strategy by Government to further cushion the commuting public from the prevailing rising costs of public transport services. The expanded ZUPCO Mass Transit System incorporates commuter omnibuses and more significantly will extend the ZUPCO bus service to rural areas," Sen. Mutsvangwa said.

The Minister informed Cabinet that an assessment exercise undertaken by ZUPCO indicated that a total of 923 conventional buses are required to fully satisfy demand.

"The current deficit of 415 conventional buses will thus be covered by the 1 000 commuter omnibuses, which are now being incorporated under the ZUPCO Mass Transit System. The additional buses and omnibuses will be allocated to all cities and some rural routes on a proportional basis. Furthermore, another 99 conventional buses have been identified to boost the ZUPCO Mass Transport Fleet," she added.

The government introduced ZUPCO buses to cushion the public from the exorbitant prices charged by commuter omnibuses.

Government has since invited urban commuter omnibus operators  to join the ZUPCO franchise a move which is set to witness a significant number of commuters joining the scheme where they will charge subsidised fares with kombi operators receiving a lump sum payment over a given period of time.

Source - newsday