ADDIS ABABA — THE ETHIOPIAN HERALD Newspaper 28 May 2016: Sheger Mass Transportation Service Enterprise established with a view to addressing the acute shortage of transport service in Addis Ababa City Administration at a cost of two billion Birr launched its service yesterday.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Addis Ababa City Mayor Diriba Kuma said the transportation demand is increasing as the city is getting larger, hosting the ever increasing residents and boosting the socio-economic activities.
Therefore, the government is taking practical measures to expand transportation infrastructure, improve the service , traffic safety and flow, the Mayor noted.
City Administration Road and Transportation Bureau head Yabibal Addis said on his part said the road coverage in the city has reached 21 percent. The sector has improved remarkably in access and quality over the last 25 years.
He added that vehicle free transportation are getting a special attention currently and shares 50 percent for pedestrians and bicycle riders.
The newly established Enterprise Transportation Programs Coordination Office Manager Solomon Kidane told journalists that Sheger bus is so special that it gives the service to people with disabilities, elders and children since it is the bus with enabling inclusive technologies.
He said the bus will give fast services in places where many queuing for transportation service.
Some of the buses will be giving service free of charges for the next four days. Then they will commence service with charges. Close to 200 Sheger buses will be on service until the end of August. Some additional 100 buses are expected to be on service in the coming year.
BY HENOK TIBEBU