Only 40% of urban buses in Havana are currently providing services, the country’s authorities reported this week during the meeting of the Temporary Work Group (GTT).
According to Tribuna de La Habana, during the meeting the leaders of the sector urged to review all the possibilities of support that state vehicles can offer in the collection of passengers, as well as to sanction those who do not support the population.
As for the inspectors appointed by the regime to control this situation, it was specified that 318 stops in the capital have an inspector, but this number is not enough, so “transport officials must be added.”
Already last April, the First Deputy Minister of Transportation, Marta Oramas Rivero, when declaring that Havana was going through the worst transportation crisis of the last decade, stated that alternatives were being sought, including that the city’s agencies with their own means (buses and minibus) will support the activity, after completing the transfer of staff from their centers.
“The technical readiness coefficient is the lowest in the last 10 years. The Provincial Transport Company of Havana, the main operator, maintains only 442 vehicles in operation that transport more than 580,000 people daily, a figure that is far from the 780 buses scheduled three years ago, with a 20% reserve”, he specified. Oramas Rivero.
Faced with the crisis, last week the Cuban authorities proposed the massive use of bicycles as an alternative to means of transport.
In this regard, the Development Coordinator of the Government of Havana, Luis Carlos Góngora, referred to the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PMUS), which “will allow the recovery of basic services in order to reduce mobility, including promote the use of the bicycle, a means of transport with a very high development potential in the city”.