The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) says it will introduce more Aayalolo buses on the city’s roads and discourage the use of single-occupancy vehicles into the city.
This is according to the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mohammed Adjei Sowah.
According to Mr. Adjei Sowah, this will help reduce the vehicular traffic congestion within the metropolis.
Road traffic jams in the city have become a matter of particular concern as many within the working brackets spend more time in vehicular traffic than is expected.
A senior lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) School of Business, Dr Jonathan Annan in 2017 revealed that Ghana was losing millions of cedis worth of productive hours annually due to traffic congestion, estimating that road traffic congestion cost about 8.21% of Ghana’s GDP.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in delivering the 2018 State of the Nation Address in Parliament mentioned traffic jams and overcrowding as one of two challenges within Ghana’s urban space that is making Accra “unattractive”.
As a way of addressing the problem, the MCE believes that with more people using the Aayalolo buses, the road space will be freed and there will be less traffic in the city.
The Aayalolo bus service came to a halt in October 2018 due to financial and technical challenges after about two years of operation.
Over 150 Aayalolo buses were grounded at the Achimota Bus terminal in Accra.
Aside the subsequent low patronage of the service, many of the drivers went on a strike action due to unpaid salaries.
It was reported that GAPTE eventually applied for a bailout from the government to aid in its financial challenges to which they were turned down.
The Aayalolo service was partly revamped to operate as a regular bus instead of the BRT it was originally planned for.
Some of the buses have been deployed to the Kasoa and Adenta to transport passengers from there to the Central Busienss District during peak times in the mornings and in the evenings.