Thursday, December 29, 2016

Liberia - Women in Monrovia Call for Safer Public Transport

The Bush Chicken: "“For women and girls worldwide, the freedom to move safely around cities is greatly restricted, whether by gender-blind planning and design of transport infrastructure or by social and cultural norms that tolerate violence towards women,” the report said. “Poor street lighting, a lack of buses and stops, all-male transport staff, lack of public toilets, and inadequate policing has created an environment where sexual violence against women in the city can thrive.”

In Liberia, the report was launched by the minister of gender, children and social protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, along with ActionAid Liberia interim country director, Lakshmi Moore, who said the launch of the report marks the beginning of series of dialogues among citizens, stakeholders, and policymakers on how the recommendations can be used in the Liberian context."

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Kenya: Economic Opportunities Can Double If Nairobians Use Public Transport, WB Says "Nairobi — A new policy research working paper by the World Bank indicates that economic opportunities in Nairobi can double within an hour when commuters travel by foot or use public transport."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fuel subsidy created false growth, now #degrowth is harsh

Al Jazeera: "Sudanese police forces have fired tear gas at about 300 Sudanese protesters demonstrating against a government decision to cut fuel subsidies."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CPP promises PWDs free education, health care, public transport

Ghana News: "“We will ensure that even public transportation would be made progressively free for all Persons with Disabilities.”
The CPP Presidential candidate disclosed the party’s intention to set up a special fund to cater for the basic needs of Persons with Disabilities."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cars choking Accra, Ghana

The Guardian: "“I’m in trouble if I leave my house around 6 or 6.30am,” Ampofo says. “I then won’t arrive at work until nine or 10am, and that creates a lot of problems with my manager because I’m supposed to get there by eight. If the government doesn’t do anything about the traffic, it’s not going to get any easier …”"

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Friday, November 4, 2016

100 additional buses for Addis Ababa, more improvements called for

Walta Information Center: " Employees and a shareholder of the Alliance Bus Group said the newly-formed cabinet should give attention to modernizing the city's transport system and addressing challenges witnessed in the sector.

They told ENA the above at the delivery ceremony of 100 buses imported duty-free today.

A shareholder of Alliance Bus Group, Tamiru Berhanu said the newly formed cabinet needs to give priority to providing a modern transport system that satisfies the development of the city.

He noted that addressing public transport problems should be given attention as it deeply affects the lives of Addis Ababans."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Accra - Ayaalolo buses to give public free ride for 5 days

ghanaweb : "Beginning from Monday, September 26 to 30, 2016, the general public will enjoy free transport services from the newly introduced ‘Ayaalolo’ buses, a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) service introduced by the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE)."

Friday, August 26, 2016

Rwanda: Privatized #publictransport a disaster, police recommend more corporate mission statements (not a joke) "CP Rumanzi said accidents were caused by reckless driving, wrong maneuvers, violation of right of way, speeding, use of cell phones while driving and wrong overtaking, among others.
...He also challenged them to set company missions, visions and values.

"Strategic planning and effective administration will improve your business and check road accidents.""

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cosatu decries state of public transport in Cape Town "CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has handed over a memorandum to key role players, including Metrorail’s Richard Walke, demanding improved public transport."

Monday, July 11, 2016

Nairobi traffic doubles every six years

The Guardian: "We could easily be in Cairo, Lagos or another African megacity, but this is the eight-lane Mombasa Road in Kenya’s capital – a permanently clogged artery in a metropolis where the number of vehicles doubles every six years."

Monday, May 30, 2016

Car emissions draining Nairobi economy

Standard Digital News: "In Nairobi, for instance, vehicular emissions are estimated to contribute close to 40 per cent of urban air pollution. The economic loss arising from vehicle emission-related illnesses and deaths is estimated at Sh115 billion per year (University of Nairobi, 2012). The figure could be higher. With the knowledge that deaths resulting from such pollutions can be prevented, the big question remains how?"

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ethiopia: Bureau to Offer Free Public Transport Service for Teachers "The Bureau has signed an agreement with the Addis Ababa City Administration Transport Authority and made official that the Anbessa City Bus and Public Servant Transport Services Enterprise shall be delivered for free since May 9, 2016.

Social Sector Cluster Coordinator with a Rank of Deputy Mayor and Addis Ababa City Administration Education Bureau Head Delamo Otore said that the agreement is vital to ease the challenges faced by teachers due to lack of transportation."

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tanzanian teachers get free travel in Dar es Salaam

BBC News: "Teachers in parts of Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam are being given free transport to and from their schools.
Kinondoni District Commissioner Paul Makonda said he hopes to expand the scheme across the entire city."

Thursday, January 28, 2016

9 Billion Barrels Of Crude At Risk In Massive Nigerian Oil Shakeup "There has been a lot of talk about going on the offensive against corruption in the Nigerian oil industry for years, but it’s mostly been the empty talk of campaign promises. This time around, the new president, elected in March 2015, has shown a drive that threatens to bring down anyone connected to the oil business under the previous government. So far, he’s made good on his campaign promises, much to the demise of the industry."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kenya: Competition in #publictransport results in suffering for the people "Today, the National Transport and Safety Authority will be launching a crackdown against public service vehicles that have failed to comply with regulations, including on noise pollution."