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Public transport as a chaotic business

The business of public transport is a major problem. It was to be him public transport servicebut it has been successfully configured by groups, unions and business interests a business that is clearly deficientchaotic, violent and is a very clear threat to those who try to give it a civilized form.

Let us remember that Hamlet Hermann, originally appointed head of the Municipal Transportation Authority (AMET), wrote the memoirs of his time at that governing body and did not get a better title for his book than he had. TO overcome CAOS.

That is the truth of public transport, which is more of a business than a service, and of course it is run by the service of the business community and not by the users who need and use it.

In this group we do not include the multi-million dollar Santo Domingo Metro, which has made investments of billions of pesos for the Dominican State, and which is unable to meet the demand for space on buses, trains and cars.

Katherine Lunareporter for Acento, done an investigation that reveals the reality of the transportation business. There are about 11 federations daily in Greater Santo Domingo competing for passengers investing between 50 and 77 million pesos to move. Business showing approximately 18,250 million pesos per annum. And there is constant violence between the members of the federations, attacks on passengers, a reduction in the quality of service, because the users lack rights, as well as none of the federations cooperates with the authorities on traffic regulations, traffic lightsfor the agents themselves who expose their lives to try to provide a little agility in the levels of translation in a chaotic city.

The country has invested hundreds of billions of pesos to remove concho carts from public transport. Buses have been taken away, fleets have been funded, disputed vehicles have been replaced, taken off the roads to avoid contamination and harm to users. None of it worked. The Metro did not serve either. The municipal investment did not work either. Getting around the city is a real disaster. Fuel consumption is abusive. Máximo Gómez avenue, the largest importer of the Santo Domingo Metro, barely made a few seconds with its travel levels per kilometer. The chaos is unresolved. There are no rush hours anymore. Almost every hour is impossible.

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Greater Santo Domingo Area buses and corridors have been added which have been created by this administration. It is a new attempt to organize and institutionalize transport as a service. It is doubtful that the entrepreneurs who received the authorizations to operate these new corridors are in competition and are committed to higher standards than necessary, such as respecting passenger dignity, respecting traffic regulations, keeping buses clean and being an option, for example, for those who own and want private cars use public transport and can do so. , because the routes are safe in accordance with the schedules and in the comfort and safety of the individual.

We urge the authorities to note the data contained in the report from our colleague Katherin Luna. There are many features for those who decide transportation policies to help relieve the city that fell out on a daily basis. There is less pressure these days in the morning and at noon, as schools and colleges are closed. Another sign that the Authorities must begin to manage with the education system the hours of differentiated entry and exit at these establishments. Hamlet Herman began this discussion, with the radical opposition of education centers, not being aware of the damage caused by bottlenecks due to the difficulty of families delivering their children to schools at the time. same.