Zimbabweans React As Govt Introduces Commuter Trains To Help Struggling ZUPCO Cope With Demand
The government has reintroduced commuter trains in a bid to ease the transport chaos currently prevailing in some urban areas. This comes as ZUPCO has been struggling to meet the demand for public transport, resulting in thousands of commuters being stranded.
Announcing the new commuter train service, ZUPCO said,
With effect from the 7th of September 2021 the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) in conjunction, will introduce rail coaches in order to ease congestion coming into and out of the CBD area of Harare. ZUPCO will be providing shuttling services from the rail station into the residential suburbs riding on the same ticket. A similar arrangement will be made in Bulawayo.
The rail service will be servicing three routes: from the city centre to Ruwa, Tynwald and Mufakose. The commuter train service will have a morning run and an evening run.
Reactions to the new commuter train service have been mixed. Some have welcomed the new development and applauded the government. Others don’t seem as impressed and have called for the government to remove Upco’s monopoly on public transport while they come up with better policies.
— Lee Ann Bernard (@Lee_Ann_Cara) September 7, 2021
i hope the management of the train is not being taken from NRZ to ZUPCO. Train is one of the game changers in many developed countries. the pick up and drop off points are worrisome though. i think we are simply avoiding the workable alternative on the man made crisis
— I.Tawanda Maparara (@IMaparara) September 7, 2021
If this was ever a plan, it should’ve bn implimented before the self-created crisis. Its not a practical & well-thought solution. In most runs it will run almost empty to release the pressure on the other side!
— George Chamisa (@ChamisaGeorge) September 7, 2021
i cant doubt the new dispensation now,some were doubting the $50 US per person but its now operational.Good news to the passengers no more delays now ,surely brick by brick we will build our nation.
— kudakwashe (@kuda_jama) September 7, 2021
Don’t monopolize transport sector. That system u introduced is awkward as this will take long hours to get to ur final destination
— Chirasha WaMambo (@DigeneralNyasha) September 7, 2021
Aya ndomasigns ekupererwa. Anokwira chitima chinokusvitsa after one hour achisiya mushika shika go faster unokusvitsa after 15 mins ndiani. This will flop
— Barbington Gwanzura (@BarbingtonG) September 7, 2021
This is a good initiative and well commendable effort to boost the transport sector … Vasingadi kuvhuma ma developments akadai kwave kurwara pfungwa chete .. diagnosis ikudiwa mkoma @mukoma Nick
— Ruthee (@Ruthee410622271) September 7, 2021
There is no need for all that,the private sector can rectify all this in a moment. Let private sector operate,you ll still HV profits even with competition,you used public funds to buy those busses, don’t abuse power to constrict other businesses,we are suffering
— Chief Marombora (@sovenz) September 7, 2021
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