NI­COSIA BUSES: GPS track­ing and ticket ma­chines

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

The public bus ser­vices are now ef­fi­cient, at­ti­tudes have changed, but un­for­tu­nately there are not many pas­sen­gers. Why is that?

“The buses was the first area I touched when I took over at the Min­istry. We have a 3-year plan and it was a bit of a mess. There were a lot of dis­putes and we cre­ated a spe­cialised team to deal with the buses and we re­solved a lot of the con­flicts.

“The other thing we did , we passed the pro­posal for the in­tro­duc­tion of the GPS sys­tem, and the sys­tem for au­to­matic can­celling of tick­ets, or smart tick­et­ing. That ten­der has al­ready fin­ished and we will start im­ple­ment­ing the new sys­tem in 2015. We will know where ev­ery bus is and at ev­ery stop pas­sen­gers will know when the next bus ar­rives. It will be done grad­u­ally. Smart tick­et­ing will also al­low us to do many things that now we can­not do. We will be able to im­prove the ser­vice to the cus­tomers and also im­prove the route. As re­gards the ab­sence of ‘cycli­cal’ routes, it is true that buses only serve di­rect routes and not across town. We have just fin­ished a ma­jor ex­er­cise of op­ti­mis­ing the bus net­work.

“We have also taken the de­ci­sion to bring in new buses, so we have started the process of pur­chas­ing or hir­ing, like a re­quest for in­ter­est, to in­tro­duce a num­ber of new small buses, and es­pe­cially to re­place the ones in Lar­naca and Li­mas­sol where we have a lot of old buses.”

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