City of Windhoek plans transit facilities

November 12, 2012, 4:40 am

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The City of Windhoek (CoW) plans to establish two transit facilities one on the outskirts of town and the other in central business district (CBD) to ease the flow of traffic and create parking space for motorists.
This comes at a time when the CoW has been battling to provide parking space for both taxis and long-distance buses that have been parking adjacent to Weinhil Park.
One of the long distance transit facility will be near Okahandja Park while the second one will be near Wernhil.
CoW chief executive officer Niilo Taapopi said the decision on the expression of interest on the construction of the transit facilities is expected before the end of this week.
According to a recent tender floated by CoW, the projects are targeting Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) firms.
 Taapopi could not divulge much detail into the plans, saying he could only comment in the course of this week after the evaluation is done.
“At the moment, I cannot comment on the developments before the finalisation of the evaluation and maybe next week, there will be some information on the plans.”
Taapopi also said  CoW’s plan is to have long-distance transit facilities as well as the Wernhil transit facility managed, monitored, run and controlled by reputable and qualified companies.
While construction of the transit facility has not yet commenced, successful bidding companies are expected to establish a lucid plan of managing these areas in terms of safety, security as well as hygiene, which most of these areas lack at the moment.
Part of the tender specifications also restrict informal trading within the proposed transit facilities and will only cater for registered taxis; a move that could finally clamp-down pirate taxis within the CBD.
“The successful bidder for the management of the transit facilities is to ensure order in terms of handling clients upon entering their designated taxis,” notes the tender bid in part.