New municipal bus routes suspended

21 Nov 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – The municipal bus routes that were recently introduced by the City of Windhoek (CoW) have been suspended with immediate effect.
A public notice issued by the CoW on Monday said the bus line operation that started on 14 November 2016 had been suspended due to operational challenges, which the City is addressing.
The new bus lines will however, be reintroduced next year.
The new system consisted of 14 bus lines that provided frequent services to almost all western suburbs to and from the city centre, including the surrounding suburbs of Klein Windhoek, Auasblick, Rocky Crest and a number of others.
Passengers were not happy with the abrupt suspension, saying that they were not informed in advance and that they were not given an opportunity to air their opinions on how they felt about the bus routes.
Even though the new system was aimed at reducing the time passengers spent on the bus, it actually worsened the situation, as passengers complained that they spent longer periods of time at both the first and second pick-up points.
The notice said as from Tuesday (22 November) the City will go back to its old operations of seven new lines complemented by the normal traditional routes.
Residents should also make use of the bus stops that were in used before the new operation was launched.