In line with government effort to sustain state transport system an intervention had been made to bridge the gap so the Management of Metro Mass Transit (MMT) Limited has approved a Five-year Strategic Plan (2014-2018) under which the company will be repositioned to play a more strategic role in transport services delivery in the country.
The Plan aims to improve the safety of passengers and staff; improve customer service; expand access to the company?s services; and establish a great workplace.
In addition, the Plan aims to increase profitability and attain financial sustainability; adopt environmentally-friendly practices; and attain International Standards Organisation (ISO) certification.
Under the Plan, 1,000 new buses will be acquired between 2014 and 2018 to augment the current fleet of vehicles and out of the expected 1,000 buses, 600 will be procured with the Internally-generated funds of the company while the Government of Ghana will assist with 400 of them.
The Managing Director of Metro Mass Transit Company Limited, Ing. Noble John Appaih, made these known at a pres soire in Accra last- Friday.
Ing. Appiah also made it known that the company had also completed the construction of offices and workshops in Bolgatanga, Ho, Cape Coast and Tarkwa.
He said MMT was collaborating with the National Road Safety Commission and the National Drivers Academy (NDA) to effect a change in the attitude of drivers on the country?s roads.
He said as a first measure, all the 2,000 drivers of the company were taken through training, adding that additional security steps were also being taken to forestall attacks by armed robbers on MMT buses.
He said from the commencement of the free-ride initiative by government in 2006 to October 2013, MMT had carried more than 12 million Primary and Junior High School children in uniforms across the ten regions of Ghana.
Ing. Appiah disclosed that in the medium to long term, MMT would introduce daily, weekly and monthly bus passes and also provide transport services for visitors to tourist sites.
For his part, Ing. John Awuku Dzuazah, Deputy Managing Director of MMT, disclosed that the company would introduce ICT-based interventions to manage the fuelling system, ticketing and vehicle tracking.
He said with a proper national identification system in place, the company would extend the free bus ride policy to the aged in Ghana.
MMT was established in October 2003 to provide reliable and affordable means of transport to commuters, traders and others within villages, towns and cities, as well as provide intra-city, intercity and interurban services.
With a mission to provide reliable, safe and efficient mass transport services by road in the West African sub-region and a vision to become a world class mass transport company in the sub-region, MMT is governed by a nine-member Board.
Membership of the Board is comprised of the Government of Ghana (GoG); Ministry of Transport (MoT); Agricultural Development Bank (ADB); and Prudential Bank Limited (PBL).
The others are Ghana Oil Company (GOIL); Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT); and MMT.
Currently, with 324 routes nationwide, MMT has a total fleet size of 1,048, with 750 buses routed daily nationwide on segmented routes?intra-city, intercity and interurban?with the total number of passengers carried by MMT buses steadily increasing from over three hundred and ninety-seven thousand, one hundred and twenty (397,120) in 2002 to more than three hundred and sixty-seven million, eight hundred and eighty-eight thousand, two hundred and thirty-six (367,888,236) cumulatively as at the end of October 2013.
By law, MMT was registered as a private limited company, but in practice,, the company?s focus is to meet the public interest by providing highly subsidized transport services to the middle to low income brackets.
MMT, therefore, falls within the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) policy that aims to operate an effective and affordable transport system in an economically sustainable way.