All is not set for the take off of the new transport policy in the FCT as the Administration said 350 high capacity buses would today commerce work along the designated routes of the capital territory.
The Administration had shifted the commencement date of the policy from January to 3rd June 2013 to allow for the imputes of all stakeholders including the different unions and the self employed commercial drivers.
Speaking in Abuja at the weekend the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed said with the take off of the new policy the operation of the mini buses otherwise called araba will be restricted to the satellite towns and area councils and called on residents to embrace the new policy initiated to sanitize and reduce the cost of transportation from the satellite towns to the city center.
He stated that from today the mini buses will not be allowed to ply Nyanya routes through AYA to Eagle Square up to Wuse Market, Giri Junction through Airport Road to the City Centre; Zuba Junction through ONEX (Outer Northern Expressway) to City Centre and Ring Road One connecting Wuse Market and Eagle Square.
The Minister said with the new policy transportation has been subsidized, warning that commuters are not expected to pay more than one hundred and fifty naira for long distance routes and a minimum of fifty naira for short distance routes.
Earlier, the FCT Secretary in charge of transportation, Engineer Jonathan Ivoke who was represented by Stella Ojeme told reporters that by the end of June the high capacity buses will be increased to 600 following more deployment by other licensees.