Improving the city’s public transport service – The National


It’s time the City of Port Moresby had affordable and reliable transportation service.
The city’s current system allows bus/taxi owners and operators to dictate how they operate – whether they run their route, provide service along designated routes, or withdraw service if and when they choose. wish.
Several cases have seen operators pull their services off the road in protest at issues affecting their interests.
You don’t have to drive far to see that these bus drivers have become kings of the road thanks to their irresponsible actions on the road – failing to stop at designated bus stops, sudden stop with no indication, you find that most bus lights don’t work particularly after 6 p.m., passengers almost roll over in a broken seat and the list goes on.
Correct us, but Papua New Guinea is probably the only country in the world that currently uses this system.
While we appreciate the services provided under the current system, it is time to review and move forward.
Look at the ignorance of PMVs and taxi operators for not adhering to traffic safety protocols.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop has spoken of reviewing the current system, but nothing has emerged.
He had once hoped the city would adopt the overseas public transport model where public transport is run by the government.
Most countries have public transport bus services which are generally based on the regular operation of transit buses along a route calling at agreed bus stops according to a published public transport timetable.
Several years ago, Brisbane City Council donated 10 used 40-seat buses to the National Capital District Commission.
These buses could carry 15 more passengers than current public buses can carry.
The donation indicated that the NCDC was leaning towards managing the city’s entire public transportation system. Unfortunately, nothing transpired from there.
In fact, Port Moresby being the capital of PNG should have a modernized transport system.
Transport infrastructure is one of the most important factors for the progress of a city and a country.
Yes, the modernized system will come with its own set of challenges, but it can be overcome with energy-efficient technologies and a customer-centric approach.
One question that arises is whether the NCDC has the capacity to make this system work. It would be enlightening if City Hall could provide an update on their plans on this proposal. If NCDC is to partner with current service providers to make it one system, how is that going to be done?
That aside, some of the big challenges that will be faced are increasing capacity, improving system reliability, and implementing a more customer-centric approach.
As we push for a modernized transportation system; it must also support the provision of safe, reliable and affordable public transport that enables women and children to move freely and safely around Port Moresby. PNG doesn’t have to look far to see how neighboring countries are handling their transport service.
We have to start somewhere.
Yes, the price of fuel has gone up, maintenance costs have skyrocketed, vehicle registration has gone up, bank interest rates are not favorable and the list goes on, but that’s the price to pay to run a business.
While we commend public transport owners for the services they provide amid the difficulties, including the lack of government support, they need to step up and improve what they can offer.
Only then can they ask NCDC to be a partner in the new transportation system, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
A city without public transport is a city that comes to a standstill regularly.
Safe public transport is essential to the livability of any city.

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