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Effective public transportation system

May 14, 2012, 12:22 PM

Buses provide an effective and efficient public transportation system that could help in easing the movement of people, and most of the time they are cheaper.

Since the good days of Gambia Public Transport Corporation, GPTC, there has not been any effective public transportation service in this country.

The services of GPTC were well appreciated by the public, as it provided easy movement within the country, at suitable times and a reasonable cost.

Many passengers at the time of GPTC considered the bus service as good and reliable, unlike today’s transport systems.

There is an absolute need for better and well-organized public transport systems to be reintroduced in this country.

The government through the ministry of Infrastructure should consider either reviving the GPTC or having a similar initiative to ease the movement of the population within the country.

In the country today, most of our roads have bus stops but with only few buses plying the highways, meaning most of the bus stops are just there for decoration.

Making life easy for citizens should be the preoccupation of the government, and one way to do so is by making transportation efficient, effective and cheap for citizens.

During the first Republic, the GPTC was operating a full transportation service within The Gambia, and it has never been a nightmare for Gambians and non-Gambians resident in the country.

Today, travelling from Kombos to Basse, for instance, is a serious nightmare more difficult for some than travelling abroad.

The commercial vehicles plying from Banjul to Basse spend six to ten hours in today’s Gambia, making passengers suffer a long journey.

Some gele geles and vans will take people from Bundung garage only to stop with them in Soma, leaving passengers in distress to struggle for another vehicle to continue with them to Basse.

Using these commercial vehicles is most of the time not comfortable, as they were not designed to provide a comfortable service to passengers.

In neighbouring Senegal, for instance, people are still enjoying effective bus services like in the developed world.

We must strive to also do more in this area, for the betterment of the quality of the life of our people.



“Transportation is the vehicle of development and the carrier of progress.”