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Everything you need to know about the restoration of urban passenger transportation in the capital

transporte-urbanao-la-habana-1-580x413With the reestablishment at dawn today of the confrontation service in the capital, Havana will begin the urban transport of passengers in correspondence to the new stage of flexibilization of restrictive measures . As reported in a press conference, interprovincial transportation for the rest of the country remains suspended for the moment.

According to Maribel Poulot Braco, general director of Transportation of Havana, from this first of October mobility in the capital was restored 24 hours a day , while the restriction of mobility of state vehicles within the city was eliminated .

However, the interprovincial service for both state and private carriers (including buses and trains), as well as entry and exit to Havana without authorization issued by the Unit of Procedures of the General Directorate of Transport (UTDGT), remains suspended. .

Likewise, it is forbidden for private vehicles to enter and leave the city without express authorization issued by the UTDGT.

In this sense, the official reiterated that the control remains active in the 12 points of entry and exit of the city for the investigation and verification of authorizations of exits of exceptional cases authorized by the CDP.

For its part, the movement of loads will be carried out without restrictions.

Referring to the operation of urban passenger transportation, Poulot Braco said that as of October 3, 100% of the routes in the urban service will be resumed, which includes the cycle bus. In the case of the boats in the bay, they will not start this weekend.

“The buses will have 100% of the passengers seated and the number of standing passengers will be limited (up to 30 in the Articulated and 20 in the Rigid ones). It is important for the population to know that signs will be placed inside the buses that establish the necessary distance from the passengers standing on board ”.

In the same way, visible stickers are placed on the interior and exterior of the buses where the number of passengers allowed on board is established.

Meanwhile, at the head of the routes, up to 5 standing passengers will be limited in rigid buses and 10 in articulated buses, “which would allow picking up passengers at the next stops.”

Other details:

The location of Passenger Aid Inspectors is restored at the identified high mobility stops. (includes headers).
PNR support is incorporated in high concentration stops. The system of attention to the complaints, denunciations and concerns of the population is reactivated through the telephone number 18820.

All TCP Carrier Licenses and their fuel card are automatically enabled:
Those who do not wish to provide services must present themselves to update their situation at the Procedures Unit of their municipality.

The prices approved in Agreement 01/2020 of the Government of Havana are maintained, for the services provided by private carriers.

For its part, from day 5 the service of Taxis Routers with the GAZelles is resumed on all approved routes in the same conditions as before the suspension. “The APK Ruteros is activated and the service carried out by Cooperativas de Taxis Ruteros is resumed.”

On this date, the support for the Alamar Corridor begins with the route service at peak hours (from 6.30 am to 8.30 am and from 4.00 to 7.00 pm) carried out by the School Transportation Company at a price of 5 CUP.

The support of specialized companies such as TRANSMETRO and Escolares) is also maintained for the main corridors and on return trips, as well as the service of transportation of workers to entities by the TRANSMETRO company that had it before the suspension, with limitation in standing passengers.

In the case of the support of the state media in the stops, the directive emphasized that it will be carried out under the following organizational principles:

The schedule pickup passengers at stops will be from 30 to 19.30 .
In light vehicles (cars, jeep and others) passengers will be picked up, as long as there is capacity in the back seat and they will not be allowed to travel with large packages. They are exempted from collecting in these vehicles when children or the elderly are traveling in the rear.
Motorcycles and cargo vehicles are exempt.
In the minibuses, they can be picked up according to the seating capacity.
At the cargo panels, you will be able to pick up a passenger in the cabin only if the driver is traveling alone.
The use of the Nasobuco by the driver and all passengers is mandatory during the trip.
Drivers and passengers in general are recommended to carry sodium hypochlorite or gel, with which they must disinfect their hands when boarding and alighting from vehicles.
Avoid engaging in conversations between passengers and vehicle drivers.
Passengers and drivers may not smoke, or ingest food and / or alcoholic beverages on board the media while the support transportation is carried out.
At the end of the working day, the drivers will proceed to disinfect the interior of the vehicles.

On the other hand, during this period , support to the SIUM is maintained, the transfer of samples to the laboratories, the transfer of patients and passengers who arrive in the country to the isolation centers and from these to their homes, as well as the interprovincial service for medical discharges.

“The transfers of patients from the municipalities continue for consultations and specialized treatments of pathologies of oncology, neurology, cardiology, hemodialysis and associations of the disabled. The transportation of workers to the main Hospitals is also ensured, mainly those related to the confrontation with COVID-19 such as Julito Díaz, Julio Trigo, Salvador A. Clinic 10 de Oct. Pediatric SM, Pediatric Leonor Pérez, Hosp. UCI, IPK and the Prairies ”, explained Maribel.

As part of the flexibility measures, it was announced that the operation of the Road Driving Schools and the Automotive Technical Review Center (SOMATON) is being resumed, in the On-Line shift mode, and by telephone.

“Our drivers should know that expired certificates must be updated before December 30, 2020.”

Meanwhile, the procedures in the vehicle registration and the driving license, in addition to the procedures for the re-motorization, changes and conversions of state and private vehicles are restored.

“The dispatch of non-commercial cargo to natural persons is maintained, which will be carried out prior notice by telephone for the date of presentation at the offices.

Rules of conduct to be maintained on vehicles:

The permanent use of the nasobuco
Disinfection of the media at the beginning and end of each run
Disinfection of hands by personal means
Maintain social distancing
Keep vehicle windows open whenever possible.
Help and give priority to the elderly, children and the disabled
Comply with road safety regulations and respect for traffic signs to avoid accidents due to the increase in vehicular mobility


Sector authorities emphasized increasing individual responsibility when approaching each means of transport , demanding compliance with established sanitary regulations.

At the same time, they called to avoid unnecessary mobility and to displace, as far as possible, peak hour trips.

On this last issue, it is important to understand the administrations to stagger the entries and exits of the work centers.


Finally, directors of the Ministry of Transportation explained to Cubadebate that interprovincial passenger transportation is being suspended for the moment. In this sense, the procedures have already begun to evacuate the more than nine thousand people stranded in the city who reside in the rest of the provinces.

Likewise, residents of the capital who are in other territories, may return in these same cars enabled in a staggered manner, always with an identity card and a PCR test.

(By Oscar Figueredo Reinaldo/ Cubadebate)

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