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06.06.2007 General News

More Children Enjoy Free Bus Rides

Over five million schoolchildren were offered free rides on buses of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) Limited last year.

In all, the company carried over 50 million passengers nation-wide, covering over 12 million kilometres.

The Managing Director of the company, Mr Cas Van Eerden, disclosed this at the end of a four-day business tour of the Volta Region ahead of an expansion drive in June this year.

He said only schoolchildren wearing uniforms in primary and junior secondary schools enjoyed the free rides. Apart from the free rides he said, a special school bus service was introduced on commercial basis in Accra, Agona Swedru and Kumasi.

Mr Eerden denied rumours that the free rides for schoolchildren were not applicable to children in the regional capitals.

He mentioned the introduction of campus services which were available at the University of Ghana, Legon, and University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale.

According to him, the success factors of the operation of the buses were the regular 15 minutes intervals that buses arrived at the bus stops and the sale of advanced tickets.

He said the MMT had plans to set up a network of scheduled public transport system interlinking residential areas, business districts, central bus terminals, suburbs and villages in a reliable, efficient, safe and affordable way.

Mr Eerden said the current fleet of 580 buses, would be increased with an additional 403 to make a total of 983 buses by the end of the year.

Story by Tim Dzamboe