Pilot bus line for shoppers begins this weekend

24 Jun 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - A new bus line will start operating Saturday as a pilot project of the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan of the City of Windhoek (CoW).
The bus line under the name Shoppingline, will operate hourly on Saturdays from 10h00 to 16h00 from the Okuryangava Women’s Centre to Wernhil Mall and vice versa.
Speaking at the bus line’s launch on Wednesday, the manager of public transport at the CoW, Clarence Rupingena said with a growing population of which a large portion cannot even afford their own transport, there is a need for the municipality to establish an affordable and sustainable form of public transport.
“The population is growing at a rate of 3.1 per cent annually. On average people are spending more than 24 per cent of their income on mobility. About 52 per cent of our low income earners can hardly afford the current form of public transport,” he said.
The Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan is part of a 20-year plan, which when fully implemented, will provide a public transportation network linking all areas of Windhoek.
The current draft of the Master Plan includes 12 bus lines crossing in three different zones.
Even though the development of public transportation is focused on Windhoek, funds for the development have been received both from the city as well as Government.
The total budget of the programme is N.dollars 80 million, of which half is from the CoW and half from the Government of Namibia. The funds received from Government are from a government-to-government bilateral agreement with the Federal Government of Germany.
By the end of the year, the CoW wishes to introduce 20 to 30 new buses to Windhoek.
The buses will be manufactured in South Africa by a wholly owned subsidiary of a German company, MAN Truck and Bus AG.