The delivery of the buses, which will be managed by the companies Transpinto and Rosalina Express, was the responsibility of the deputy governor of Benguela for Technical Services and Infrastructures, Adilson Gonçalves. It is recalled that these two companies won the public tender for the management of these transports.
In this way, from next September, the new fleet of six buses will start operating on the Lobito/Benguela route, joining the existing inter-municipal fleet.
In a statement to which VerAngola had access, the deputy governor said that the new articulated buses will bring an improvement in the mobility of citizens, as well as more tranquility in connections, as they join the current public transport options.
"We are talking about more than 500 people on the Benguela, Catumbela and Lobito route who will benefit by these means, because it is the first line to be used, and with the delivery of these six buses we will continue the program, with a view to improving each the mobility of citizens", he stressed.
The official also said that the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers will take place at the train stations of the Caminhos-Ferro de Benguela (CFB).
This new offer also dictates the reduction of ticket prices to between 100 and 150 kwanzas, against the current 300 kwanzas practiced by candongueiros, which ensure regular connections between the two cities.
To Angop, Daniel Zeferino, general supervisor of Rosalina Express, explained that the company signed a contract for the purchase of three of the six buses, whose value amounted to 313 million kwanzas, to be paid to the State for five years, in a total of 50 benefits.
The representative of the Trans-Pinto company, João Pinto, who received the other three articulated buses, assured that the price of the tickets will be that stipulated by the government, not exceeding 150 kwanzas.
The articulated buses, of the Scania brand, were introduced in March by the Minister of Transport to the Provincial Government of Benguela. They have capacity for more than a hundred passengers (sitting and standing), and are equipped with elevators to allow access to wheelchairs.