Today I spent some time thinking about our botched attempt to have a Bus Rapid System.
Our failure to execute the project made us downgrade it to the Quality Bus System aka #Aayalolo Service.
I still think the decision to procure 247 buses ahead of the necessary infrastructure and the systems lacked acuity.
The people who made that decision for Ghana must bow their heads in shame.
My biggest worry now is how leadership seem not to be interested in doing the maths and taking the tough decisions now to set us on the right path.
The decision to resume the #Aayalolo service in its current form should be aborted immediately. It is going to continue to incur huge debt and make the situation unsalvageable.
We cannot put these 7L/9L 250-320HP beasts on the road in the regular traffic and expect the service to be convenient and attractive to drive growth in patronage and revenue.
We cannot pay off the debts of the business, pump more funds into their operations and not expect them to do better.
Let us try the Contraflow system.
Per my calculations, there is an opportunity to transport about 2.5m passenger each month within the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area if we deploy about a 100 buses on all corridors and optimise the routes and the resources available.
#Aayalolo if well run will be viable and reduce travel times for hundreds of thousands of people weekly.
Parliament must haul the coordinating agencies before the house to answer questions and present a well-thought-through plan of action for the way forward.
Ghanaian commuters must be ready to support the service grow and enhance movement.
The government must halt all plans to procure more buses for all forms of mass transportation until we figure out what to do with these.