The Metropolitan Office of Bus Services (OMSA) continues to deteriorate
Despite a series of attempts to rescue the Metropolitan Office of Bus Services (OMSA), its decline in Santo Domingo has been constant over the years, according to a report in Diario Libre.
According to the National Statistics Office (ONE), the Dominican Republic in Figures 2015, with a continual service the 365 days a year, the OMSA buses have gone from transporting 35.2 million passengers in 2010 to 17.8 million in 2014, nearly a 50% reduction in barely five years.
Diario Libre reports that funding for the government transport company has declined from RD$336.3 million in 2010 to RD$252.8 million in 2014.
The number of units on the streets operated by OMSA has also fallen over the five-year period, from 139 in 2010 to 100 in 2014.
The daily average of passengers served was around 48,900. For 2015, the government announced the acquisition of another 100 buses that President Danilo Medina handed over to OMSA director Manuel Rivas yesterday, Wednesday, 9 December 2015.
The new units acquired at a cost of RD$651 million can carry 90 passengers and according to Rivas will be added to the 360 units that OMSA currently operates in Santo Domingo and Santiago.
In Santiago OMSA is doing better, since while passengers have been fewer, from 3.1 million in 2010 to 2.4 million in 2014, this second number is an improvement from 2013 when 2.2 million passengers were served. As of 2014 there were 21 OMSA buses operating in Santiago.
While OMSA declines, the Santo Domingo Metro continues to grow. In 2011, Line 1 served 28.8 million passengers, one year later it climbed to 30.8 million, in 2013 it rose to 35.1 million and in 2014 it reached 38.8 million. Line 2 passenger numbers have risen from 14.8 million in 2013 to 22.4 million in 2014.
Dec 10, 2015
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