MTCC CEO affirms bus sheds for RTL mini-bus service


MTCC CEO Adam Azim with MACL MD Aishath Jennifer during the first minibus ride on September 5 (Photo / MTCC)

The reintroduction of public transportation with Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC)’s RTL minibuses in Male’ City came with positive reviews from the public. The service has been used by over 100,000 people already, including senior officials of the Government and Parliament Members.

MTCC is using 18 minibuses to make ten-minute stops at bus stops established on three routes, which are the Orchid route, Sosun route, and Ameenee route. The bus routes have been established to make it easy for school students, office workers, and individuals travelling to hospitals to reach their destinations within 10 minutes from the farthest bus stops. However, the majority of the bus stops in the capital city are without any shade, and the Sunny Side of Life is rather sunnier, following the gloomy weathers past month. The matter was kindly raised by Aishath Jennifer, Deputy MD of Maldivian.

She took on twitter, tagging Adam Azim, the CEO of MTCC, requesting whether the public could have “some shade please” or “maybe a shed”, with a picture of the bus stop – exposed to the mid-day sun – located near BML Building in Maafannu.

Adam Azim, responded via a Tweet 10 minutes later, revealing the company is currently fabricating all the shades required for bus stops in their Thilafushi dockyard. “We will start installation work soon,” Azim said.

Azim’s response discloses the company is currently working on improving the RTL minibus services they commenced on September 5, by installing shades at the bus stops. The shade will provide protection for the public as they wait for the bus on sunny days – or even during rainy monsoons –  as well as give them a space with sitting option at some bus stops for another 10 minutes if they just miss a bus.

The minibus service commenced on September 5, with free of charge for the public for 2 weeks. However, MTCC on Sunday, September 18, decided to extend the free-of-charge period for another two weeks.