Kampala City could have a new transport system if a proposal tabled before Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is approved.
Mr Peter Kimbowa, the chairperson of Tondeka Metro, a local transport company, yesterday said they plan to introduce about 980 buses in March 2020, as an initiative to reduce traffic jam.
Mr Kimbowa said the buses will initially ply Kampala- Mukono route 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.
“We have met with members of various committees and board to conclude the strategy and operations of this new initiative. This is an initiative to improve transport system in the city. We are addressing the problem of heavy traffic in the city and we are losing close to $800m (about Shs3 trillion) every year in traffic jams,” Mr Kimbowa said.
Addressing the media in Kampala yesterday, Mr Kimbowa said the 980 buses are part of the 3,000 buses expected in the country under the $200m (about Shs737.9b) project.
The chairperson of Kampala Operational Taxi Stages Association, Mr Yasin Ssematimba, said although the buses will affect taxi operations, it is time for Ugandans to accept the global change.
“That is why we have met the company to see how taxi operators’ interests are catered for because they have been transporting people to and from the city centre where buses are going to be operating,” he added.