Byo tells Zupco to operate with timetable

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THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has called upon the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) to ensure that its buses were operating according to a timetable in a bid to decongest the city, particularly during pick hours.

Due to the lockdown restrictions, only Zupco buses and kombis were allowed to operate while privately-run commuter omnibuses remain banned by government as a way of bringing sanity in the cities.

According to the latest council report, the public transporter, whose fleet  in Bulawayo comprises 250 minibuses (kombis) and 200 conventional buses, was  causing traffic congestion in the city due to lack of a proper timetable.

As part of measures to decongest the city, BCC identified seven bus termini which are being used by Zupco buses and kombis at designated picking and dropping points.

However, the city is still congested, council noted.

“As a way forward, using the drone technology council will continue to monitor and manage issues of congestion at ranks and pickup points. Zupco should work on a timetable that should address issues of congestion especially during pick hours,” reads the report in part.

In consultation with Zupco, council said it was in the process of fine tuning routes so that they comply with the town planning requirements.

Council is also working to ensure that any bus plying its routes should begin  and end  at a rank.

“Therefore, the Zupco routes should start and end at a rank in suburban areas and in keeping with this Zupco will be required to use ranks in the suburban areas.”

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