Tuesday, February 3, 2009
A Mass Transport System Impossible in Male?
In Male it is now near impossible to drive a car and park it anywhere near one’s destination. Taxis are never available when one needs them. And things are getting worse every day. If the present trend continues there will soon be no space on the roads even to ride a motorcycle. In most western cities road congestion has been controlled by establishing mass transport systems like trams, buses and subways. Is it too late for Male to develop at least a bus service?
From the hyper congestion on Male streets one could be excused if one believes a bus service is impossible. But is there an alternative way of reducing the congestion? Admittedly the situation appears Catch -22 like: One needs bus services to reduce road congestion, while bus services are impossible without first reducing the congestion. Without a solution for the problem, we will be doomed to watch by as increasing traffic slowly strangles life on the island.
As of now, some outer roads still offer scope for running buses. For example the U shaped segment starting from West Park through Ameenee Magu to Hulhumale Ferry terminal. This route could offer reasonable access to at least a third of the Male population including students and ferry passengers. Depending on the response to the service there are some other wide roads too that could be opened up for bus services.
It is really difficult to predict the success of a mass transport system in a place like Male. But the issue is too serious to be given up as impossible, without even trying.