Two Muslim teenagers have vandalized buses in Casablanca only a few hours after the city’s new bus fleet went operational. In two separate incidents, the buses were damaged after being hit by rocks, breaking many of the buses’ windows.
Morocco World News (h/t Martin) A large number of Casablanca residents expressed their anger at the behavior of the suspects and condemned their acts. They also shared their worries that such acts would once again deteriorate the quality of buses in the city.
Some citizens have suggested equipping all the roads that buses go through with cameras to curb vandalism — an issue that Casablanca residents have extensively suffered for over a decade.
Casablanca residents hope the upgraded fleet, which includes 700 buses, will finally solve their decades-long public transportation issues. The city’s inhabitants have long expressed their dissatisfaction with the services provided by M’dina Bus, the company that managed buses in the metropolis between 2004 and 2019.
With an investment of MAD 1.4 billion ($156.8 million), the new bus fleet represents Alsa’s commitment to improving the quality of public transportation in the city.
However, it seems that unless Muslim vandals are deterred, the quality of the brand new buses can quickly worsen.