It’s ironical that we hate to love projects with a Promising future. This is a classic case with the promised Tondeka Metro bus service in Kampala-Uganda.
The idea that TONDEKA bus is being proposed as the principal public transport operator in the Kampala metropolitan area seems to be rubbing certain groups of people the wrong way. 980 buses expected to start off in 2020 all manufactured by Indian company Ashok Leyland.
But let’s face it.
For any city to develop, there is need for high-efficiency transport systems to bolster the development and boom its economy as well as its people’s living standards. How to dampen the travel demand of private vehicles, especially sedans, while making public vehicles more attractive, has always been the hot topic of government in traffic planning.
As our city planners race with time to beat the ever increasing urban population, it’s inevitable that such measures like the introduction of a reliable city bus service gets a government boost.
You see, at the time of founding Ugabus.com , I strongly believed that an internet-based bus on demand would offer an effective solution to the public transport problem especially in urban areas. Several years down the road, so many hours of hard work and some good chunk of money invested, the results are only showing that a more robust measure is needed.
This explains why I have kept fingers crossed anxiously waiting for the Tondeka Metro bus project to begin. We can not settle for single person vehicles congesting our streets. We can not settle for single passenger rides that are environmentally inneficient.
At Ugabus, we know that getting shared mobility is important, and yes buses need to work.
Suffice to this, Ugabus.com will continue to serve as adhesive for people to share a bus. We shall continue to work out new travel experiences with an open, equal, interactive and cooperative user mind. Compared with the more common services like safeboda, uber, and the famous kamunye(kigege), Ugabus believes that an Internet-enabled bus costs less. Ugabus is a catalyst.
However, if indeed what is being promised of Tondeka Metro is what we get, then why would any sane person fight a convenient, fast and comfortable bus travel environment as well as its irresistible price?
Hundreds of white-collar workers in Uganda’s capital are so troubled by their daily commuting that they often complain it is too tiresome to drive, too time-wasting to take a taxi and too risky to jump on a bodaboda. Therefore, in response to their travel demands, wouldn’t it be amazing to have a reliable city bus service comfortable enough to ensure adequate thinking, time-saving through decongestion but also friendly to our pockets. Add in the prospects of turning it into a bus-on-demand and the sharing economy will take shape and boom.
Just like in modern cities, East African Cities deserve a demand-based public transport services that is passenger-oriented and flexible. It will offer tailor-made route and time planning as required by the traveler and also offer non-fixed route or flexible public transport as it will combine features of both private and public traffic, an efficient complement to traditional public transportation.