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Aayalolo resumes after 6 months of halting operations

By Mutala Yakubu
Aayalolo resumes after 6 months of halting operations
Aayalolo resumes after 6 months of halting operations

The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) known as Aayalolo have decided to begin partial operation of their services.

This was made possible after a series of meeting with stakeholders and the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), managers of the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT).

Aayalolo halted their operations in October 2018 as a result of some financial challenges and what managers then referred to as technical hitches.

They have now begun a partial operation service to Kasoa; a deviation from the Achimota to Tudu stretch where a kilometer of that stretch was designated for their services.

The Board Chairman of (GAPTE), Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah who also doubles as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Chief Executive said the decision to operate was arrived at although there are still some outstanding issues to be resolved.

“We have been holding meetings with all the stakeholders and the outcome is we have resumed partial operation while we are pursuing the other issues that are on the table so that at least the buses would be on the road. We have commenced partial operation, however, the financial issues have not been resolved. We have started running the Kasoa-Accra corridor at peak time,” he said.

Daily Graphic last year reported that over 150 Aayalolo buses had been grounded at the Achimota Bus Terminal in Accra, while another 60 deployed to Kumasi for use are yet to start operations.

It said the buses at the terminal had been grounded because the operators of the buses, the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), can no longer bear the cost of fuel.

To overcome the challenge, GAPTE, according to Graphic, applied for a bailout from the government to help it pay for the cost of fuel, salaries and other operational costs, but the Ministry of Transport turned down the request.

Patronage of the buses was quite high when the service began in 2016, but it started dwindling six months afterward from the expected 12,000 passengers per day to 9,000.

Patronage on a daily basis currently ranges between 9,000 and 10,000 on the Amasaman-Ofankor-Achimota-Accra Central Business District (CBD) corridor.

 

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