The National Transit Authority or NTA has announced the unveiling of feeder road buses to add to its current fleet of buses already operating around the country. The NTA in a release said the unveiling of the buses is part of efforts to reduce spending on transportation, especially on feeder roads where motorbikes charge ridiculous fare for mobility.
“Today, the National Transit Authority is making available seven (7) Hyundai County 29 +1 Seater buses. Fare boxes are mounted in all seven of these buses and commuters are cautioned to deposit their transportation fare directly into these boxes. Also, the arrival and launch of these buses have created additional employment for unemployed Liberians,” the transport authority said.
It said the feeder road pilot project will be experimented on feeder roads approved by the Ministry of Public Works in Monrovia. Meanwhile the transport authority has announced that it is sending a 10-man delegation (mostly mechanics) to Istanbul, Turkey as a result of a negotiated effort to increase the capacity of its technical staff and for additional spare parts.
It said, during the discussions with the Turkish delegation on the Compound of the NTA, Management highlighted several constraints faced by the public transport system here which: transitioning from manual ticketing to electronic ticketing and organizing effective warehousing system. These are said to be under consideration, the release added.
“Consequently, the visit of employees of the National Transit Authority to Istanbul, Turkey will reawaken discussion initiated by the NTA with the Turkish delegation. Our delegation’s visit will specifically focus on negotiating more capacity building program and spare parts for our buses,” the release concluded.