Greetings! I have come to understand the public transportation issues in Kigali, Rwanda quite well over the last few years. While there is congestion and the level of bus service is low (long lines and slow speeds), motorcycle taxis (motos) provide quick, convenient (but unsafe and polluting) service if you can afford it. What I am now learning is that the conditions in Kigali are far better than those in many of the other larger cities in Africa.
These cities often have horrendous congestion and very disorganized public transportation - frequently run by private companies and sometimes by organized crime. Passenger safety is more about being robbed than being in an accident. On top of all this the road infrastructure is crumbing and governments cannot afford to repair it. These cities are choking (literally and figuratively) to death for want of good clean transit.
This is an example of where ATN's need for its own infrastructure is an advantage. A new, long-lasting, above-ground infrastructure supporting reliable and affordable mobility service that incorporates intelligent CCTV safety and security monitoring could be a life saver for these cities.
As always, enjoy reading!
Peter Muller, ATRA President