Zimbabwe bus terminals are to undergo upgrade according to the announcment of by the president Emerson Mnangagwa. This is part of the government’s effort to enhance urban public transportation. This will see the shelters at bus terminals repaired, rebuilt, or erected before the next rains. President Mnangagwa announced this while commissioning the newest batch of 50 new buses for the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company’s (Zupco) fleet, with another 100 already paid for and on the way.
The renovation of Zimbabwe bus terminals, which have been neglected and vandalised for years, would major impact passengers and support Government efforts to reestablish Zupco as an adequate service and subsequently as a first-class service.
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While introducing the newest addition to the fleet at the Zupco headquarters in Belvedere, Harare, the president stated that the new buses would be dispersed in urban areas, with the remaining villages benefiting from 100 vehicles supplied soon.
The six batches of Chinese Golden Arrow buses have brought more than 400 buses to the public transportation fleet, and the government is committed to continuing the process of adding more. This is to construct a comprehensive metropolitan public transportation system. Commuters would thus be afforded convenience, reliability, and comfort during their commutes. These travel through Victoria Falls, Chinhoyi, Harare, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gweru, Bulawayo, Zvishavane, Masvingo, and Mutare.
According to the president, the Zimbabwe bus terminals will be renovated with new or refurbished shelters. The funds for the project have already been set aside, although the exact amount has yet to be announced. The president also urged young people, entrepreneurs, and businesses to create jobs by participating in this project.
President Mnangagwa also directed Zupco to advance scheduling services and develop a reliable system that predicts bus arrival and departure times. This would afford commuters enough time to plan their trips. This order follows after the country faced periods of severe public transportation shortages. The company has since begun mechanical repairs and has been able to reintroduce vintage buses to the road.
Transportation is listed as one of the country’s economic growth accelerators in the National Development Strategy. This aims to create a prosperous and empowered upper-middle-income society by 2030. As a result, these buses and upgrades to their terminals are evidence of that requirement.