Paratransit Taxi Industry: Taking Responsibility Towards Achieving Environmental Sustainability
In big African cities, paratransit services are responsible for the majority of public transport ridership, accounting for over 70 percent of all transit rides. Whatever we call them, whether it is Dadalas, donfos, matatus, trotros, car rapides or minibus-taxis, these on-demand minivan services in sub-Saharan African cities provide affordable and accessible mobility and have become an integral part of the African urban culture. However, vehicle fleets used for such services are aging and are consequently contributing to the larger road transport related greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution Furthermore, are all of the stakeholders for this industry, owners, drivers, customers, getting the best for their money? The lack of information readily available about such transport services, the visibility of their services and their cash payments are all challenges to further integration and improvements. We look at the potential solutions available today and in the future to drive more reliable, efficient, affordable, and cleaner paratransit systems for Africa.