Havana has more buses not running than providing services

Havana has more buses not running than providing services

HAVANA, Mar. 5th. In Havana, the capital and at the same time the most densely populated province of Cuba, the number of buses actively operating is the lowest in recent years, a conclusion that can be reached by comparing the data offered at various times by the Ministry of Transportation (Mitrans ).

According to what was reported in the last balance meeting of that ministry, 252 buses are currently circulating in the country’s capital, while 309 remain detained for various reasons.

Havana, which needs about 800 buses to provide an efficient transportation service according to official sources, currently has 561, according to the numbers provided by Mitrans, and in total, less than half are in operation.

For Yunier de la Rosa Hernández, general director of Transportation of Havana, the scenario in the city is “complex.”

In addition, the official recognized something that hundreds of thousands of Cubans suffer every day and that is little mentioned in meetings of this type: people can even spend three or four hours at a stop waiting for a bus, depending on the route.

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Likewise, he regretted that some of the city’s secondary feeder routes, sometimes only have one bus in operation.

In contrast to what was explained by Hernández, the director of Passenger Transportation of Mitrans, Luis Ladrón de Guevara, assured that between last year and so far in 2024, the technical availability of buses improved and the capacities of buses were recovered to a certain extent. passenger transportation.

In addition to the low availability of buses, the lack of fuel also impacts transportation services, this official explained.

Regarding the small boats that travel to Regla and Casablanca, it was clarified that one of them is currently in the recovery process, which should be ready for the month of April. Another three should be recovered by the end of the year, it emerged at the meeting.

Another point mentioned in the meeting was the existence of 13 tricycle lines in five municipalities, located in areas of high demand. According to what was said at the meeting, the aim is to expand the service with the incorporation of another 100 new vehicles.

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