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Official: The city of Rabat will (finally) have new buses

The company Alsa-City Bus will begin, from July, its activity in the region of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra, said Monday in Rabat, the Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, Mustapha El khalfi.

In response to a motion of inquiry on “the strike of public transport personnel at the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region”, presented by the Haraki group in the House of Representatives, El Khalfi indicated that Alsa-City Bus presented a set of proposals to staff, including the increase in voluntary severance pay.

On 4 April, Alsa-City Bus held a day of communication with the staff, in the presence of the president of the establishment of the intercommunal cooperation “Al Assima” and the presidents of the communes of Rabat, Ain Atiq and Temara, as well as President of the Trusteeship Council “Stareo”, during which a presentation was made on the management of the next phase, particularly for recipients who have not yet benefited from voluntary departure, he noted.

El Khalfi also pointed out that the company has proposed a number of criteria to benefit from the bonus for staff assigned to certain tasks, as well as a training program for drivers, which was rejected by them.

“Al Assima”, for its part, proposed the integration of about 1,600 remaining employees, with the exception of the receivers, in the new company, but this proposal was rejected and the employees decided to observe a strike since April 8th.

As a reminder, the giant of the automotive industry, Mercedes Benz, had begun manufacturing 350 vehicles, which will be made available to Rbatis.

Thus, Rabat will acquire 102 buses, eighteen meters long, as well as 248 other specific buses, which will come into service gradually.

The fleet of about 350 buses will cover the 58 lines in the Moroccan capital. 60 million passengers are expected each year. The new buses will be equipped with electronic ticketing, access for people with reduced mobility and a WIFI network open to passengers.

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