Uganda Railways Partners with SafeBoda to Enable Passengers Purchase Train Tickets Online

Uganda Railways Corporation in partnership with Transport Company, SafeBoda and their taxi platform, Easy Matatu have launched a mobility partnership dubbed #TutambuleFfena.

This new initiative will enable train passengers to utilise the Safe Boda phone application to purchase tickets and also book for rides to and from the train station. Then, for those using Easy Matatu phone application they will be able to book taxis to and from the train stations.

According to Catherine Tulina Kafumbe, the Country Director for SafeBoda Uganda, they are not only providing a payment system through which passengers can be able to purchase train tickets but also to provide accessible  transport services.

“This initiative is aimed at improving ease and convenience while purchasing train tickets in order to shorten queues at the railway stations. Complementing these efforts, SafeBoda has positioned riders near the train stations to ease passengers’ access to transportation to and from their various destinations,”Kafumbe said.

According, Jesca Bakabazira, the acting Chief Commercial Officer for Uganda Railways Corporation their overall objective is to make rail the preferred freight and passenger service provider in Uganda and beyond, and thus, this initiative and more to come feed into this objective.

 “This partnership is aimed at offering our passengers the much needed first and last mile to and from our train at specified terminals including, Kampala Station, Namboole and Namanve using Easy Matatu and Safe Boda services,” she revealed.

She further added that their plan is to extend passenger services to other areas including Mukono, Kyengera and Portbell to provide mass transport services to the public.

“This will involve the construction of concrete sleeper lines to those areas and the procurement of Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs).  We shall also have more coaches procured to serve these areas,” the URA acting chief commercial officer said.

Bakazibazira revealed that the first expansion phase will commence in April this year with the construction of the Kampala to Mukono line.

Easy Matatu CEO, Andrew Lema said the partnership underscores the role of using digital platforms to improve the transport sector.

“This partnership will create a template for other ecosystem players to collaboratively improve Uganda’s transportation system to further foster economic growth through access to affordable and reliable transportation and job creation,”Lema said.

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