GHANA – stabus, a mobility technology company, has launched a bus booking app in Ghana to address inefficiencies in the country’s transport sector.
A statement from stabus says that customers using the app will be connected to private AC-fitted buses which will transport them to work and back home.
The mobility technology company also noted that stabus customers will have the privilege of selecting their preferred pick-up and drop-off locations along a preferred route.
The bus service has so far recorded some degree of market success.
According to Isidore Kpotufe, founder and CEO of stabus, “the service has so far recorded a total of 328 trips with 250 unique passengers along the Adenta – Accra, Spintex – Accra and Accra Mall – Accra routes”.
Public transport in Ghana like in many other African countries is largely inefficient.
Passengers are often forced to either fight or join a long queue to board a bus.
The buses used to ferry passengers are often overaged, non-AC, coupled with unreliable departure times.
A trip in these kinds of buses is usually terrible. You are bound to encounter some or all of the following: unrefined service from conductors, uncomfortable sitting arrangements, reckless driving, and unplanned stops among others.
stabus, a creation of Isidore, is thus aimed at addressing the above challenges and as a result, delivering peace of mind to the Ghanaian passenger.
“To provide a reliable service to passengers, our buses leave on specific schedules and whenever possible use shortcuts, enabling our customers to get to their destinations on time,” Isidore said.
stabus’ morning departure times are 5:30 am and 6 am and evening departure times are 5:30 pm and 6 pm.
The CEO explains that in order to scale the service, the buses are provided by third parties and must meet some conditions.
“Demand has been overwhelming and we are aggressive on launching stabus on new routes, without compromising on quality,” he stated.
stabus charges a fixed fare and its pricing is 10%-30% higher than that of regular trotros and the company justifies this higher fares.
“This is a premium service. Our buses are well maintained, always air-conditioned and our drivers are trained against a number of 10 indicators,” Isidore notes.
“Our trips provide total peace of mind to passengers. You don’t get this with trotro. This is premium.”
Source: Frank/ Africaincmag