Public transportation... One solution to Kuwait's suffocating gridlocks

KUNA
Monday, October 7, 2019

Imagine one day in Kuwait going out of your house and heading to a nearby bus, subway, or railway station to get to work or find leisure. Wouldn't that be convenient? The very concept of public transportation is meant to solve one of the most grueling problems faced in the country with gridlocks stretching as far as the eye could see.

While some initiatives in Kuwait exist to encourage people to use public transportation, people are still reluctant to utilize this method for various reasons.

Launched by a group of youngsters, the "Kuwait Commute" initiative aims at encouraging people to use public buses to counter traffic jams and lessen the load of cars on the road.

Speaking to KUNA, initiative founder Jassem Al-Awadhi said that the main reason for Kuwait Commute was to encourage people to use public transportation.

Most nationals refrain from using public transportation due to it lacking basic means of comfort, Al-Awadhi said, adding that the Central Statistical Bureau's (CSB) showed that only two percent of the population in Kuwait -- nationals and expatriates included -- use public transportation, which in turn represents less than 15 percent of the total means of transport in the country.

He added that bus stops generally lack basic features and safety requirements with most of them positioned on major roads and highways.

Kuwait Commute offers an alternative to private transport, indicated Al-Awadhi, revealing that the initiative managed to put on six trips to encourage the use of public transport.

The initiative, so far, was met with positive reactions especially from women who expressed eagerness to use public transport more if services were further developed, Al-Awadhi affirmed.

He said that the government was interested in the initiative and officials displayed desire to support it.

On her part, the initiative's technical director Halah Al-Humoud stressed that the more people use public transport, the more of a chance that Kuwait City could be turned to a modern metropolis free of dreaded gridlocks.

Al-Humoud revealed that she lived in New York City for seven years, using public transport as her main method to commute.

The presence of hellish gridlocks requires the extensive use of public transportation and the promotion of regulations to favor public commuting, she affirmed, adding that the more people using busses, for example, the less cars will be present on the streets, leading or maybe lessening traffic jams.

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Manju
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
First of all strict actions shall be taken on the local hooligan youngsters who roam through Kuwait in public transport buses and insulting the passengers and drivers by spitting, beating and throwing stones on them. Otherwise no one will be willing to travel in public transport system.

expat
Monday, October 7, 2019
Provide proper bus shelters. Passengers are standing at the bus stop without any shelter above their head under direct sunlight - no protection from heat, rain or cold winter. Frequency of bus route 507 and 88 from Abbassiya to Shuwaikh is very very poor, ladies seats are always occupied by gents and some not willing to offer seats even if they see ladies standing, provide necessary facilities inside the bus like curtains for the windows to prevent the direct sun rays hurting the face and it should be airconditioned. Some drivers dont halt at the designated stops and just speed away.
Hence most of the passengers are forced to travel by Private Buses
because they provide all the facilities,

Pradeep
Monday, October 7, 2019
Car Pooling should be promoted instead of issuing ticket if we drop our friends by our cars.

expat
Monday, October 7, 2019
put good seated air conditioned bus stops like dubai, keep buses clean and punctual, keep there race drivers in check and let them stop properly at bus-stops.........................................than start dreaming of more people using public transport.... burning under 60 degrees without even an overhead shade is not like waiting in SWITZERLAND haha

MJ
Monday, October 7, 2019
The Public Transport should be provided FROM Mangaf, AbuHalifa, Mahboula, Fintas, Salmiya TO Ahmadi KNPC and KOC working days only and these routes early morning time wise 6:15, 6:25, 6:35, and 6:45 each time from each area three buses equally from point to point. As same buses FROM Ahmadi TO Mangaf, Abuhalifa, Mahboula, Fintas, Salmiya evening as time wise 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, and 3:45 an equally three buses from point to point. Traffic will be controlled as well Petrol Consumption will be reduced and Time will be saved.

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