Government is planning to introduce 980 buses to ease traffic and congestion in Kampala and surrounding areas.
The revelation was made during the meeting convened by the State Minister for Works and Transport General Edward Katumba Wamala, his counterpart state minister in charge of transport Aggrey Bagiire, state minister for Kampala Benna Namugwanya and leaders from KCCA, Wakiso, Mukono and Entebbe to draw plans on how to implement governments plan.
Code named, Tondeka Metro buses are expected to start operating before the end of 2020. The busses will operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on a cashless mode of transaction which will be managed by Hinduja Group, the manufacturers of the Leyland brand.
They will avails services in a radius of 25KM in and around Kampala on specified routes of Kampala-Mukono on Jinja Road, Kampala- Nsangi on Masaka Road, Kampala- Buloba on Mityana Road, Kampala- Wakiso on Hoima Road , Kampala-Matugga on Bombo Road; Kampala – Entebbe and Kampala- Ggaba.
Passengers will load money on their bus card and simply swipe it to be granted access. Passenger fares will range from Shs1200 for a single route card, Shs3500 for a daily travel card, Shs18000 for a weekly card and Shs55000 for a monthly travel card.
According to Board Chairman of Peter the buses, Kibowa Peter, Ashok Leyland buses is a very definitive answer to decongesting the city.
“Initially, we are bringing in 980 buses and they will be followed by more 2,000 buses to ensure that within a radius of 25kms from Kampala there’s nothing called congestion,” he noted.