The government will boost metro public transport with 600 new buses

General news for Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

A fike photo of the Metro Mass buses

Metro Mass Limited is getting a makeover

Metro Mass will receive 45 buses

A value for money assessment is underway for the supply of 300 Hyundai buses

As part of efforts to revamp the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL), the Akufo-Addo-led government has promised to boost public transit soon with 600 new buses.

According to Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the first batch of 45 buses is in production and expected to be delivered by the second quarter of this year.

Speaking on the floor of parliament in March 2022, the minister said: “A total of 100 new intercity buses have so far been supplied to MMTL at a total cost of $17.5 million…This has was funded by the government

“We have also signed a contract with VDL Bus Roselare for the supply of 100 intercity buses, spare parts and training services. Under the same contract, a total of 50 broken down VDL buses at MMTL would be repaired to increase This project is also financed by a blended credit facility of EUR 25.49 million from the Belgian government and Belfius Bank SA/NV,” said Kwaku Ofori-Asiamah.

He continued: “As I speak, the first batch of 45 buses is in production and should be delivered by the second quarter of this year,” he continued.

The Minister of Transport added that the government was pursuing other avenues to bring in more buses in order to reorganize the operations of the MMTL.

“Currently a value for money assessment is underway for the supply of 300 Hyundai buses from Korea and an additional 200 buses from China. We plan to add a total of 600 new buses in the short to medium term. .”

The minister was responding to a question from Adaklu MP, Kwame Governs Agbodza, who asked how many buses had been purchased for MMTL since 2017, how much they cost and how they were funded.

Melvin Z. Madore