Government has availed 72 buses that will charge $1 per trip between Bulawayo’s residential suburbs and the central business district.
Last week, Government availed five Zupco buses to ply the City Centre-Pumula route. This brings the number of buses operating in Bulawayo to 77. Some of the buses were availed by the Bulawayo Transport Association. In an interview at the Zupco depot in Bulawayo, acting ZUPCO chief executive officer Mr Evaristo Madangwa said they had partnered with private players to bring a lasting solution to the transport challenges in the city. Said Madangwa:
The arrangement that we’ve made with players in the transport industry is to make sure that we build capacity to carry people to and from work. We are looking at a capacity of 72 buses to start off with and going forward we will build our capacity so that we cover every angle of the commuting public. They are going to service all the urban routes that are below 20km, charging $1 per trip. For a distance of 25km to 35km, we are going to charge $1,50, and beyond 40km we are going to charge $2, but I don’t think we have such long routes here. Most of our urban routes are basically going to be $1 per trip.