Public transport must be systemised
Every day, commuters of all ages and genders fight to board buses at the risk of their lives. The city authorities mentioned plans to replace the old shabby-looking buses with 500 new ones, with a gradual increase in numbers depending on the arrangement of the company. These bus owners would receive shares of the profit, thereby reducing the fights that break out while competing to attract more commuters. They would also pick up passengers at specified intervals based on peak and non-peak hours from different spots.
The Premier Bus (AC) service which used to run from Uttara to Motijheel even attracted many private vehicle owners into taking public transport. But it couldn't continue for reasons unknown. BRTC buses are not very old, but they tend to suffer from poor maintenance.
The concerned authorities could provide cash incentive to workers and staff to improve performance and maintenance of the public transport system. Moreover, odd and even number plate vehicles could be made to run alternatively five days a week. These things would largely ease traffic congestion, lessen pollution and also save fuel cost.
Sirajul Islam, Padma Oil Co Ltd.