12 Improve access to public transport services The establishment of an

12 improve access to public transport services the

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1.2 Improve access to public transport services The establishment of an efficiently operated public transit system involving all modes of transportation will not only improve mobility and enhance productivity but also the overall quality of lives of citizens. To this end, a National Transit System will be instituted on a phased basis, commencing with land transportation in the short term. In this regard, this system will involve the use of an upgraded and efficiently operated fleet of buses for mass transit as an avenue to reduce traffic congestion. These buses will utilise alternative fuels such as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which could be acquired through a PPP arrangement. This system will complement the existing public transport service provided by the Public Transport Service Corporation. In an effort to establish an efficient transport system that meets the needs of the citizen, a Bus Fleet Renewal Programme will be introduced. A coordinated strategy for replacement of the PTSC’s ageing fleet, the installation of bus shelters and the modernisation of the bus terminals across the country will be pursued. Improving Productivity through Quality Infrastructure and Transportation T H E M E I I I 97-98 V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Development Strategies to 2020
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Strategic Initiatives/Actions 1.3 Enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the national transport system This strategy includes the improvement of the public transport service management systems to enhance the adequacy and reliability of transport services whether by air, land and sea, as well as to provide information for more effective decision-making. Initiatives will also be developed to expand service to the areas that are not currently reached and improve the scheduling and maintenance of the national transportation fleet. Further, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which represent advanced transport IT applications, will be incorporated to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management and enable various users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated, and 'smarter' use of transport networks. 1.4 Improve the regulatory framework for the national transport system A Transit Authority will be established and will function as a regulatory body to manage all forms of public transportation. The Authority will develop policy and technical guidelines for the transport services sector. It will also set standards and monitor compliance to improve the overall quality of services provided to the travelling public. Additionally, the paratransit system will be effectively coordinated and managed. There is need for effective regulation, better coordination and operational efficiency of the maxi taxi and hired taxi operators to facilitate the safe, reliable and affordable transfer of commuters based on their diverse daily commuting needs.
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