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ZUPCO Needs At Least 3 000 Buses To Meet Demand

ZUPCO Needs At Least 3 000 Buses To Meet Demand

The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) says it needs a minimum of 3 000 buses to end transport challenges for the travelling public.

ZUPCO has contracted private transporters to boost its fleet as the state-owned public utility struggles to get back to its feet.

However, some of the contracted private players withdrew their buses from the ZUPCO pool because of meagre payments.

Currently, ZUPCO is deploying at least 765 high-volume buses and 1 150 commuter omnibuses (kombis) in urban areas.

More than 500 of the available buses are currently plying Harare’s roads but still, the buses are inadequate as travellers are still facing challenges.

ZUPCO chief executive officer, Evaristo Madangwa, told The Sunday Mail that the company is still open to more transporters. Madangwa said:

The issue of the fleet is an ongoing process, we need at least 3 000 buses to meet demand though we will get conclusive figures when census results are out.

We are expecting additional buses this month while more are being assembled locally.

This will go a long way in addressing the prevailing challenges.

Earlier this year, ZUPCO introduced a new pre-ticketing system whereby a passenger purchases their ticket from ZUPCO booths and are then given their fleet and seat numbers before boarding the bus.

The pre-tickets can be bought using cash, swipe or EcoCash.

Madangwa said the system also helps reduce long queues and stampedes at pick-up points. He added:

When one purchases their ticket, they are given a fleet and seat number and wait for their bus.

This means there is no point in stampede because one knows which bus they are waiting for.

More: The Sunday Mail

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6 Comments

Tkt 1Β month ago

@Evaristo siya SIMPLE
@zupcobus Intercity musarega garai ikoko but just advice gvt kuti up until your fleet reaches 5000 only then will you attempt servicing urban routes
The reason why ndati musabuda kuHighway is once you pull out its gonna be difficult for you to reclaim the routes and times you were now running bcoz ana InterAfrica will take over
As we speak the was a meeting at CAG to introduce Byo-Mtr-Byo coaches on the two time slots you had openned which are
0530 & 1400 times two meaning it will be hard for you to reslot your buses patova ne4 buses ma1


Bounty hunter 1Β month ago

That pic ina Grace Mugabe inondisetsa I remember those days kkkkk


Asalif 1Β month ago

you Zupco management don't seem to listen we gave you solutions remove your buses on intercity routes because they charge same price as the other private players I remember when you imported these buses they were meant for local routes since you had banned mushika-shika The buses came you put them in highways so who did you expect would service local routes when you had banned mushika-shika


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cute 1Β month ago

to book for a sit its a good idear to those going intercity bt locally it will not work hence add more buses


Tintin 1Β month ago

ko kungosiyana nazvo



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