1,500 new buses will start their operations in Kabul City in the near future.

23 SEP. 2019 Kabul News:

The Kabul Municipality has built 264 public bus stations worth millions of Afghanis as an effort to reduce traffic jams in the capital Kabul.

An official in the Ministry of Transport said that around 1,500 buses will start their operations in Kabul City in the near future.

Public Transportation in Kabul

Milli Bus

The Milli Bus Enterprise, which runs the service, operates services primarily in Kabul, along with services in other areas including the Panjshir Province, Parwan, Kandahar, and Maidan Wardak.

Around 1,000 small and big buses were received as aid from India, Japan, and the neighboring Pakistan and Iran over a period of a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban hardliner regime, while it started functioning with 300 million Afghanis and 120 small and big buses, under the name of Shirkat-e-Service.

Milli buses are among the cheapest mode of transport in Kabul, often resulting in overcrowding during peak hours.

Trolleybus

The Kabul trolleybus system was a public transport service in Kabul, the capital and largest city of Afghanistan. The system was built by the Czechoslovak Elektrizace železnic Praha from 1976.

The service launched on February 9, 1979, with 25 Škoda 9TrH23 trolleybuses, eventually rising to 86 vehicles by 1988, of which 80 were in operation.

Operated by the state-owned Millie Bus, it used the same branding and a light-blue and white livery.

Business Opportunity

Although Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of USD 563 in 2018, there is a high demand for public transportation especially in Kabul with 4.6 million population.

From the lesson from different countries, the improper financial management of public transportation can be improved by introducing an automatic fare collection (AFC) system.

With all these old buses and trolleybuses, it is hard to finance an expensive AFC system.

The writer has 19 years of experience in the related industry and has deployed an off-line cashless payment system for US Army in Afganistan in 2007 where Internet was not available.

A good business model and an affordable system can make AFC system in Kabul possible. Learn more: autofare.net

 

Post Author: Keith Lau

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