Kigali City public transport new system to ease movement
The Kigali City Mayor Fidele Ndayisaba has said that the new public transport system has come in time to solve the problem city residents have been facing in accessing public transport and it will ease movement in Kigali.
Ndayisaba made the statement during the official announcement of the transport companies and a cooperative that will provide public transport services in the city.
The new system is in line with the new public transport policy approved by cabinet last year and it is aimed at putting in place a clear and favorable regulatory framework that encourages investment in public transport as a lucrative sector in the City of Kigali.
During the same event Mayor Ndayisaba pointed out that the new system will encourage the use of modern, smart and bigger buses appropriate for public transport along congested roads in the City of Kigali.
Under the new system, Kigali City was divided into four exclusive public transport zones that were allocated to successful bidders through an open competitive bidding process.
According to City authorities, Public transport zones are made up of trunk routes emanating from each zone heading towards the Central Business District (CBD) and Nyabugogo terminal.
It also has intra-zone routes within a given public transport zone and inter-zone routes connecting two different public transport zones.
Successful bidders were awarded a five year license to operate in their respective in demarcated zones as follows;
Kigali Bus Service (KBS) will operate in Zone I which covers Remera, Kanombe, Kabeza, Nyarugunga, Rusororo (Kabuga), Masaka, and Ndera Sectors. The trunk routes of this public transport zone shall include the main routes connecting it to the CBD or to Nyabugogo Taxi Park.
Royal Express Ltd will operate in Zone II which covers Niboye, Kicukiro (Sonatubes, Centre), Gahanga, Gatenga, Gikondo and Kigarama. The trunk routes of this public transport zone shall include the main routes connecting it to the CBD and to Nyabugogo Taxi Park.
Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperatives (RFTC) will operate in Zone III covering Kimironko, Kinyinya (Kagugu & Dutchwelle), Gisozi, Kacyiru, New Gakinjiro, Batsinda, Kibagabaga, Kimihurura, Nyarutarama. Trunk routes of this public transport zone shall include the main routes connecting it to the CBD and to the Nyabugogo and Kimironko Taxi Parks.
The Fourth zone will also be operated by Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperatives (RFTC) and will cover Kimisagara, Nyakabanda, Nyamirambo, Mageragere, Kigali, Gatsata, Karuruma, Jabana, Nyacyonga, and the trunk, inter and intra zone routes connecting it to the CBD and Nyabugogo Taxi Park.
RURA says that the new public transport system will require operators to have a spacing of 5 minutes between each bus during peak hours and a spacing of 15 minutes between each bus during off peak hours.
The new public transport system is planned to start working on August 30, 2013.