SPTC launches bus shuttle service to reduce traffic jams


In order to alleviate the traffic congestion problem, the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) has launched its ‘Park and Ride’ bus shuttle pilot service from two designated parking bays – at Ile du Port and the Roche Caïman sports complex.

The project was initiated following consultative meetings with members of the public in districts, the department of transport, the Seychelles Land Transport Agency (SLTA) and the SPTC.

The SPTC has put eight air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses on the two routes to operate the service between 6.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. During peak hours -- 6.30am to 8am and from 4pm to 4.30pm --  the service will run between 10 and 15 minutes interval and at every half hour during off-peak hours, meaning from 8am to 4pm.

SPTC chief executive Geffy Zialor said vehicle owners are being encouraged to use the service to help reduce traffic congestion and at the same time it will save them money on fuel and time wasted in long queues.

Mr Zialor pointed out that vehicle owners should have nothing to worry as the two designated parking bays will be manned by security officers who will ensure all vehicles are properly guarded.

“A flat day fare of R5 applies for the park and bus ride service whereby drivers and passengers of private vehicles will benefit from six trips per day,” said Mr Zialor.

He noted that members of the public can also use this service which will cost R5 to step on and off at pre-determined stops to go about doing their shopping or for scheduled appointments.

SLTA chief executive Parinda Herath pointed out that they hope many motorists will park their vehicles and hop on buses to continue their trips to town and go about their business otherwise the service will not be feasible and its purpose will be defeated.

“If everyone insists on driving to town, traffic congestion will remain and the buses too will be stuck in traffic,” he said.

Depending on demand, Mr Zialor said the frequency of the service could be modified.