Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Under pressure ZUPCO reduces Bulawayo urban fares from $1 to 75 cents (RTGS)

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Parked ZUPCO buses
THE Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) has reduced the bus fare for a trip on local routes to 75 cent from $1, a move Bulawayo residents have said will go a long way in cushioning them from the economic challenges.
Zupco acting chief executive officer, Mr Evaristo Madangwa, yesterday confirmed that they had reduced the fare by 25 percent with effect from last week. 
“It’s just in Bulawayo and we considered distance travelled before coming up with the new bus fares. We are content with the way business is operating as Zupco,” said Mr Madangwa.
The City-Pumula South, City-Pumula, City-Emganwini and City-Nkulumane routes are the ones where residents will pay 75 cents but Cowdray Park residents will continue paying $1.
In January, Zupco started plying urban routes forcing kombi operators who were charging $2 per trip to reduce their fares as they were losing business to the newly introduced buses.
Mr Madangwa said the public transport operator would be having designated ranks in due course. “We have been designated places to load from and it’s an ongoing process. We will eventually establish termini to load from,” he said.
Bulawayo residents yesterday said Zupco’s decision to reduce bus fares was welcome.
“In this biting economy you hardly get a price drop, so for bus fares to decrease by 25 cents, it might seem insignificant but if you calculate the amount you would have saved a week or in a month that’s when you’ll appreciate how good this is. I think Zupco did a very good thing by reducing fares because it was no longer attractive to board a bus for a $1 and a kombi for the same amount,” said Mr Sindiso Moyo.
Another resident Ms Laurent Nhliziyo said it was her wish that even kombi crews reduce their fares.
“We welcome the development and hope that kombis will also review fares downwards because honestly a $1 fare is still unbearable. The introduction of buses in January forced kombis to reduce their fares from $2 to $1 and we are hopeful that the new development will force their fares to go down,” said Ms Nhliziyo.