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MMT expands routes - special routes to cater for workers in ministries

BY: Seth J. Bokpe
Metro Mass is expanding its routes in Accra to ease the transport needs of workers within the Ministries
Metro Mass is expanding its routes in Accra to ease the transport needs of workers within the Ministries

The Metro Mass Transit (MMT) will from tomorrow introduce new routes to ease the transport challenges that face workers in the Accra and Tema metropolis.

Commuters from Adenta, Spintex, Sakumono, Tema, Kasoa in the Central Region and Nsawam in the Eastern Region, who usually get stranded on a daily basis during rush hours, would now be relieved as the company says it is putting at least two of its air-conditioned buses on each route. 

From tomorrow, the company’s buses will be moving from Trade Fair, through Chado, LEKMA Hospital, Manet Junction to Sakumono. Another one from Trade Fair would go through 37, Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Korle Bu. 

On Monday, July 18, 2016, seven other routes targeted at mainly workers at the Ministries would also be opened to reduce the transportation hustle that confronts the country’s civil service hub.  

“It is a special project to serve workers who work at the Ministries and its environs. The buses will leave the various locations at 6 a.m. to the ministries and take workers back home at 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday,” the acting Head of Communications of the MMT, Ms Bernice Akologo, told the Daily Graphic. 

Ministries routes 

The ministries routes include Kasoa through Kaneshie toMministries, Adenta through 37 to Ministries, Spintex Road through Tetteh Quarshie, 37 to Ministries, Tema through Motorway, Tetteh Quarshie, 37 to Ministries, Tema through Beach Road, Nungua, Teshie, La to Ministries, Nsawam through Achimota, Kwame Nkrumah Circle to Ministries.

The company  has also developed two routes which started operating recently from Trade Fair through 37, Accra Girls, Dzorwulu to Achimota and another one from the Trade Fair through La General Hospital, Danquah Circle, Police headquarters, Ridge Roundabout to Accra.  

“The new Huanghai intra-city air-conditioned buses will be used for all these services. You can also join the bus using your 'Metro Card' which is only GH¢5. The card can be bought and recharged in the bus or at the terminal. Passengers who board without the 'Metro Card' should always insist on their tickets,” Ms Akologo said.

Bolga buses on trial

She, however, encouraged passengers to get the Metro card, since it would be the only means of boarding the bus after two months.

The Metro card is an electronic card that allows bearers to have access to the new MMT buses. 

The  e-ticket system is in two forms—the installed e-ticketing device in the bus to be used by cardholders and a point of sale device to be used by conductors for those without cards. 

Meanwhile, the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) from last Tuesday introduced two luxurious 49-seater buses on its Accra-Bolgatanga route as it seeks to renew its fleet. 

The Huanghai buses will run on this route as a pilot to test their ability to stand the Ghanaian terrain for at least three months before an agreement between Huanghai Automobile (SG Automobile), the manufacturers and MMT, for the supply of 200 of the buses for intercity routes operation to take off.

The 49-seater spacious luxury coaches come with air-condition, TV and comfortable seats. 

The initiative is part of the company’s five-year Strategic Plan aimed at sustaining its operations through a comprehensive fleet renewal programme.