Saturday, 25 May 2019 19:15

Fuel Deficit Reduces Public Transportation in Cuban Province

Written by István Ojeda Bello
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Fuel Deficit Reduces Public Transportation in Cuban Province Photo: István Ojeda

Luis Enrique Arias Peña, director of the Provincial Company for Transport of Passengers and General Cargo, informed that the public transportation of passengers in this province of eastern Cuba were reduced by the deficit of fuel in the country, because of the reinforcement of the American economic blockade and the siege of Washington to Venezuela.

Luis Enrique Arias Peña, director of the Provincial Company for Transport of Passengers and General Cargo

Las Tunas, Cuba.- The director clarified that all existing routes will be maintained in the provincial capital, and from this to the different destinations in the rest of the municipalities. He said that the same will be done with bus and railbus routes to the different rural and coastal communities. For those destinations the buses will go on alternate dates; the railbuses on their part will continue to do it daily, in both cases the trips will always be two: at the beginning and at the end of each day.

The head of the Provincial Company of Transportation of Passengers and General Cargo stressed that the Cuban State will continue to ensure the transfer of high-impact goods in the life of the population as the products of the basic family regulated basket, the school snack and flour for bread. In addition, he said that the essential services linked to medical care and funeral homes will be guaranteed.

On this month, Las Tunas has only been available 70 percent of the fuel normally allocated for public transportation of passengers and the movement of goods; a situation that had been occurring since April. Arias Peña stressed that the strategy adopted seeks, above all, to maintain the existing routes even if that means the reduction of almost a hundred trips daily only at the territorial head.

However, he clarified that the cuts do not include the National Bus Company. Thus, all scheduled departures to and from Las Tunas of interprovincial public transport will continue to be carried out.

ALTERNATIVES WITHOUT RESIGNING TO DEVELOPMENT

Popular inspectors must play their roleArias Peña also commented that the authorities in Las Tunas will emphasize the role of the popular transport inspectors. Although, he admitted that they are a group of 45 inspectors from 100 at the beginning. He said that "we will demand that the entities comply with the established measures that their vehicles must stop at the bus stops and mass transportation points to help in the transfer of passengers."

Similarly, he elucidated that they have not been renounced the use of large vehicles adapted for the transfer of people, specifically the so-called "camels;" despite the fact that the latest evaluations advised the gradual abandonment of their employment because of the cost of keeping them operational. He also said that soon the Jobabo-Las Tunas "camel" will return to the roads.

He confirmed that they are not going to stop the plans for the development and modernization of the vehicle fleet and transport infrastructure in the province. He anticipated that, in the next three months, the territory will receive 14 new Diana buses, while in the Railroad Terminal, preparatory actions are undertaken before the announced return of the Havana-Holguín train.

He concluded saying that they will not stop launching "La Guagua", an application for mobile phones that will allow real-time monitoring of the displacement of buses.

Likewise, the plans foreseen for the maritime and land transportation of vacationers to the most important summer areas are maintained. In this sense, he assured that the repair of the ships that annually serve as ferries for vacationers between El Socucho and La Boca (municipality of Puerto Padre) is undertaken; and contracts have already been made to guarantee the transfer by sea of drinking water to these sites during the months of July and August.

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