From our Bureau of Pitiful, Yet Somewhat Charming Attempts at Solving Huge Problems Caused by Socialism
Yeah, this is one of those stories that stir up mixed emotions. Should I laugh or should I cry?
Take a look at Castro, Inc.’s latest response to the collapse of its public transportation system. With nearly 70 % of its buses out of commission — or higher than that in some cities — Castro, Inc. is now offering residents of Havana a few electric tricycles that only seat six passengers and cost 4 pesos per ride.
No word on how these tricycles will be charged in the midst of severe rolling power blackouts, or on what the range of these mini-vehicles might be. No word either if any of these tricycles will be distributed to cities other than Havana.
Tourists, of course, will be delighted to see these charming tokens of Third-Worldism cruising the streets of Havana. Babalu has a suggestion for Castro, Inc.: force the drivers to dress as dandies and cigar ladies. This will delight the tourists even more. How charming, these noble savages! Smokin’ Graciela will love cruising in the front seat.
Abridged and loosely translated from Periódico Cubano
A fleet of electric tricycles is preparing to cover the route between some Havana municipalities, as a way to “alleviate” the situation faced by the decadent public transport system of Cuba’s capital city.
The news was confirmed by Reinaldo García Zapata, Governor of the city, during a brief meeting with the official press at the conclusion of the inauguration of the new public bicycle station at the Technological University of Havana (CUJAE), which was also attended by Eduardo Rodríguez Dávila, Minister of Transportation.
The representative of the regime in the capital revealed that the tricycles are currently in the assembly phase for their prompt authorization and start-up.
For its part, the official media outlet Tribuna de La Habana refers in a recently published note that the vehicles will cover the routes between the municipalities of Centro Habana and La Habana Vieja, which has raised controversial opinions among the residents of the city. .
Although the newspaper reveals that the scheduled routes may extend their route to the Plaza de la Revolución municipality, the measure is still insufficient for a city with almost two and a half million people.
Likewise, the newspaper mentions the statements by García Zapata, who admits that the city has a public transport deficit, since only 34 percent of its fleet is in operation.
Whole story HERE in Spanish