Angola: Capital’s transport system to get another 600 buses

11 April 2008

Luanda, Angola, 11 April – The public transport system in Angola’s capital, Luanda, will get another 600 buses from May as part of a government drive to counter a shortage of transport in the city, an official said.

Provincial transport director Amadeu Campos told the Lusa news agency on Thursday that the new buses, bought from China at an unspecified price, will be sold to six private and state operators.

The extra buses will not solve existing transport difficulties in Luanda, a city with about 5 million inhabitants, he added, but will significantly ease current deficiencies in the system.

Luanda’s transport network consists of private mini buses charging extortionate fares of the equivalent of euros 0.90 and busses with fares of about euros 0.28.

Official estimates are that there are 30,000 private minibuses, only 3,000 of them licensed, and 90 public buses operating in the Angolan capital. (macauhub)