Fair payment

Having been away from Lusaka for a few years, I was able to experience at least one aspect of bus riding like a newbie: the gradual process of learning the fares. Fares in Lusaka are complicated. In principle, it is a modified fare-by-distance model, with a high base price for short trips that rises in…

Wait…OK, “tiye”, let’s go! Fast!

Everyone who has ridden a bus in Lusaka is familiar with the experience of sitting endlessly in an immobile vehicle as the conductor diligently (and deviously) tries to find “just one more.” But then, when the decision is finally made that the current passenger load is sufficient, the consideration of time rotates 180 degrees, with…

Getting to those hard-to-reach places

On a recent visit to Lusaka I got in touch with a friend from Mongu who was staying with her family members. My primary goal was to visit my friend, although a close secondary goal was to have an excuse to travel to a part of Lusaka that I do not know well. I was…

Bendy buses in Lusaka!

A good friend/eagle-eyed snap photographer recently spotted a pair of articulated buses in a filling station near Kenneth Kaunda Airport. His description expresses my thoughts better than I can do myself: “Someone is either about to turn the Lusaka transit world on it’s head, or is starting a collection of old articulated busses.”

Riding in the “wild West”

Readers of this blog will notice the large gap between my last post and this one. Primary explanation: I have relocated from Lusaka to Mongu, the main town in Zambia’s Western Province. With the relocation I have been busier, have had less internet time, and have been without Lusaka public transport stimulation. On the flip…

What is the right amount of detail?

In developing this map it is certainly tempting to try and communicate all of the information that was hard-won through multiple rides on minibuses and shared taxis. Some might be interested in this information (and the far more comfortable process of acquiring it), but adding this information makes the map more complicated and requires more…

And we have a map!!!

After about one month of preparation I have amassed sufficient information to create a basic route map of Lusaka’s public transport network. In this post I will describe some of the key elements of the map and identify the ways I see the map being useful to riders. Information sources The city-wide perspective granted by…