nov. 25, 2009
Buses troubles in Jo'burg
« It is tragic that it is going to stop, but what else can we do if there are no passengers? » said a dispatch officer about the circular-route in the arteries C3 and C4 which link Newtown, Braamfontein and Hillbrow in the busy city centre of Johannesburg.
This transport link which began operating about two months ago will remain closed until early next year. As the officer the driver are very sad about this situation but they can’t continue because there are no more passengers as The 80-seater bus driver Mabasa said “The highest number of people I have ever carried since the beginning of the route is eight ”.
We just can understand why people are not interest on taking bus to going back home. Drivers are wondering to know if people are scared or if they are just not informed of that new way of transport.
All the projections of the officials are going down because of this reality: instead of 5000 passengers a day as they were saying there are just 200 passengers the drivers had.
The closing of this circular-route will put an end of the drivers’ troubles and shame but will also bring out the question of the real need of the populations. There are some regular passengers who did not agree with the decision of closing, they don’t want to be the victims of the system. And the other problem is to know why did the officials just launch this circular-route without look at all the eventualities. Is it on any oppression that they had to do it?
What are your opinions?