GIS - 09 March, 2020: With the changing landscape of the public transportation in Mauritius, especially with the advent of the Metro Express, the National Transport Corporation (NTC) is poised to play an important role and modernise its process with a view of becoming more efficient and effective while providing better services to passengers.
The Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Mr Alan Ganoo, made this statement today, in the context of the 40th anniversary of the NTC at its Head Office in Bonne Terre, Vacoas.
Tracing the history of the NTC, Minister Ganoo stated that the NTC has over the years progressed, from modest beginning after taking over the assets of the ex-Vacoas Transport Co Ltd, to an important and major public transport operator in the country. He highlighted that since early 2015, the NTC has undergone transformational changes with the modernisation of its fleet.
The Minister further indicated that the purchase of 100 semi-low floor buses from China in 2016 with the company’s own funds has contributed significantly to improve the service across Mauritius and has helped to enhance the image of the NTC. On this score, he seized the opportunity to extend gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for the donation of 48 semi-low floor buses.
Mr Ganoo emphasised on the importance for the NTC to be an innovative public transport service provider offering reliable, safe, affordable and customer-friendly service. To this end, he encouraged the NTC for the promotion of a low carbon public transport system that moves from conventional diesel powered buses to more electric buses.
In an era of modernisation, he pointed out that the NTC should adapt and adjust itself to challenges and changes for more profitability. He elaborated on the re-engineering of routes, re-scheduling of buses to higher demand routes and revamping of the digital advertising on buses.
Minister Ganoo reiterated his commitment to advocating a zero tolerance policy with regard to bad behaviour of road users.
National Transport Corporation
The NCT operates 148 smart buses equipped with wifi and digital display screens.
It has a workforce comprising 2161 persons with a fleet of 540 buses operating on 97 routes. An average of 3500 trips is carried out on a daily basis, including 337 dedicated school trips. The buses, every day, carry a total of around 150 000 passengers and cover some 86,000 kilometres.
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