The much postponed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is said to be finally ready to commence operations in June this year according to the Ministry of Transport.
BRT project was initially said to start in November 2015 but was not implemented. The project is set to ease commercial transport system of Ghanaians by providing greater options and flexibility in road transport with an improvement in public transportation. Some of these buses are also designed to allow for easy access by persons with disability. The start had been postponed several times, with the government continuous assurance of its commencement.
The Achimota-Accra, Amasaman-Accra and Ofankor-Accra were the routes selected for the first phase of the BRT system. According to the Transport minster, Twumasi Ankrah Selby, out of 85 buses to be used for the pilot project, 35 have been delivered by the manufacturing company.
“We are hoping that by June this year, at least we should be able to start with the pilot at Amasaman corridor while we also put in place the necessary arrangements for the other corridors like Accra-Kasoa because we are expecting about 85 buses to start; for now we have 38. The bus manufacturer has also given a schedule by which time they would have supplied the 85 buses,” he said.
All hands have been on deck since the issue of the Rapid transport system in Ghana. The former minister of Transport Mrs Dzifa Attivor at the 2015 Transport Sector Review Conference in Takoradi, had announced that the government procured 10 buses for the BRT which was used to train drivers , she had also said the BRT would officially start in November last year.
The BRT which was earlier said to kick off March this year is a part of the Urban Transport Project (UTP) of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, which has been shifted a number of times due to a lot of government logistics.