Wasteful spending chronicles


28393_128490533841055_128149523875156_221593_2423713_nThe government is creating a brand new public transportation company called “Corporation of Socialist Transportation”.

Didn’t they know there’s already have a similar kind of company called Sitssa?

No wonder they keep asking for borrowed money from overseas. They continue spending it on companies that do the very same job as other companies. Stroke of genious!

But what’s behind this? Well, looks like the State’s plan to replace the current model of public transportation (and which I wrote about back in December) is moving forward.

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  1. It’s hard to be straight-up against a plan to replace the current model of public transportation (which is an utter failure), and it’s true that this is the kind of good that actually makes sense to be provided by the state. But on the other hand this is going to implode, badly… Would be nice to see this plan under a different administration, or at least a decently revamped one.

    • The thing about this improvised plan is that is not about improving the quality of public transportations, but to take down the drivers’ unions. Simple as that.

      • But even so: why do they have two organisations? Is one perhaps supported by Diosdado people and the other by Cilia’s?
        How thick or selfish can they be?

        • Exactly. Why creating another one when they already had one up and running? In general, we have multiple State structures working at the same time (like the Missions, which work separately of the Ministries). The waste is happening everywhere. Eficiencia es nada!

      • It’s true, and it’s evident, that this plan is not only wasteful, but also very fishy .. I’m pretty sure the enchufados brokering the deal and in charge of distributing the buses are gonna get their usual oversized fees.
        On ther other hand, and without approving of this particular plan, i don’t mind seeing the bus driver’s “unions ” get taken down. What are their accomplishments? Most of them are providing a terrible (and rationed, because they got huge entry barriers for outsiders) service, barely keep above the poverty line, their units are disgraceful, and they are routinely victims of crime just because they don’t have basic things such as a door.

          • And why doesn’t some oppo leader ask clear questions about this?

            Why isn’t there a decent transportation system in Venezuela like in X? (don’t know what model in Spanish America can be used)
            Why is there SITSSA (or whatever) and this one? Why can’t there be one? Is it because there are different contractors? What is it about efficiency? Are they going to tell us it’s because of “variety”? Can they be concrete about the advantages of having two directors and all the rest for both organisations?
            Can we, the people, see all the contracts that are signed to get this rolling?
            Ladies and gentlemen, we are sending all these questions in our memo open letter number 1 to the ministry of Transport and we will be putting their answer in our site at http://www.desarrollemos venezuela …

  2. As many things with the regime, this looks like somebody’s profit-in-sight. But can be another ‘angle’ to this… It is announced as a kind of coordination agency, so Sitssa will probably be under its wing, and could try to control other transport systems, currenty among the responsibilities of municipalities, including Alcaldía Metropolitana (one of the few activities that were left to them when the regime stirpped the AM of all its responsibilities after Ledezma won).

    • Perhaps you’re right but it’s still unnecessary to create another coordination entity. There’s already something that can do that: The Ground Transportation Ministry.

      • Of course it is not necessary. There are tons of unnecesary public officers in this government, but useful for ‘certain’ purposes…

  3. The private sector can allocate transportation resources very efficiently except in the case of under served areas. The poor rely on public transportation by necessity and a government subsidies may be needed to get buses into their neighborhoods.

    Take away competition, give Chavistas time, and the bus service will look like Cuba.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/1361515972/

    • Venezuelan bus service pretty much looks like the first picture you posted. Precisely the lack of regulations on routes, conditions of the units, and safety and a private mafia of cooperatives have created a disaster. Public transportation does not mean Cuba, many countries have excellent public transportation systems managed by the state. I´m not defending state ownership as an idea, but the problem with transport in Venezuela is not a private/public dichotomy, is the result of a lack of regulation and enforcement in the matter of condition of the buses, safety and routes.


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