These newly acquired buses are set to serve various routes including routes such as Kimironko-Downtown and Kimironko-Nyabugogo.
Dodo Twahirwa, the Chief Executive Officer of Jali Investment Ltd, emphasized that these additions are expected to alleviate the transportation woes in Kigali by reducing long queues and the delay in bus arrivals. To facilitate this enhancement, the company has invested over Rwf3 billion.
Each of the new buses has the capacity to carry up to 70 passengers, a significant boost for the city’s overcrowded public transport. Data from the City of Kigali suggests that at least 300 buses are required to effectively address the public transport issue in the city.
Dr. Merard Mpabwanamaguru, Kigali City Vice Mayor in Charge of Urbanization and Infrastructure, reiterated the government’s commitment to implementing measures to improve public transport.
Currently, Jali stands as the leading bus company in Kigali, operating across three distinct zones: Zone IIIA, Zone IIIB, and Zone IV. It operates alongside counterparts such as Kigali Bus Service (KBS), Royal Express, and the recently added Volcano Bus Company, all contributing to the effort to alleviate transportation challenges in Kigali.
Originally known as the Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperatives (RFTC), Jali Transport Ltd has been in the transportation business since 2012, initially owning coasters and city buses. This news of the introduction of new buses has brought relief and excitement to public transport users in Kigali. It is expected to significantly reduce the long waiting times and overcrowding issues that commuters have endured.