MADRID, Spain.- Havana is going through the worst crisis in public transport services in the last decade.
“The technical readiness coefficient is the lowest in the last 10 years. The Provincial Transport Company of Havana, the main operator, maintains only 442 vehicles in operation that transport more than 580,000 people daily, a figure that is far from the 780 buses scheduled three years ago, with a 20% reserve,” he reported. the First Deputy Minister of Transportation, Marta Oramas Rivero.
According to the official media ACNthe authorities of the sector are looking for alternatives, among them that the city organizations with their own means (buses and minibuses) support the activity, after they comply with the transfer of the personnel from their centers.
Currently there are 54 buses, mainly from the Banco de Crédito y Comercio and the Universidad de Ciencias Informáticas, integrated into this alternative by supporting exchange nodes in Old Havana, Centro Habana, La Lisa and Arroyo Naranjo, and the aspiration is that all organizations join with collective means, said Lauger Medina Suárez, director of Planning and Development of the General Directorate of Transportation of Havana (DGTH).
Those interested in providing these services should go to the DGTH, located at Ulloa 355 between Empirio and Avenida Zoologico, in charge of ensuring fuel and setting the route on which these vehicles will serve, whose length will not be greater than 10 kilometers.
These vehicles have identification on their itinerary and the cost per person is 5 pesos, the total amount of which benefits the entity or institution that owns the bus, Medina Suárez said.
The authorities of the sector also referred to a deficit of drivers and called on interested persons to go to the terminal closest to their place of residence, where they will find job offers for the tricycles of the Neomovilidad project, which consists of the use of this means of transport on routes in the towns of Fontanar , Abel Santamaría and Wajay, which will begin to provide services in the first ten days of May.
The director of the DGTH indicated that work is being done on the development of the Urbano computer application, which will allow the user to know, in real time, where his route is, how long it takes to arrive at his stop and how many buses on that route are circulating.
The application is currently in a trial period at the Guanabo terminal and it is intended to extend it to other terminals.