FAMAGUSTA DISTRICT TRANSPORT ORGANISATION (OSEA)
The Famagusta District Transportation Organization (OSEA) was founded in 2009. It has signed a Contract for the Concession of Public Passenger Transport Service with the contracting Authority, the Department of Road Transport of Cyprus, for the purpose of performing public passenger transport by bus.
OSEA operates all bus routes within the non-occupied Famagusta District, as well as bus routes from the non-occupied Famagusta to Larnaca and from Larnaca to the non-occupied Famagusta District.
Founding members of OSEA are natural and legal persons that have been active for years in the field of Public Passenger Transport in the Province of Famagusta.
The founding members of OSEA are physical persons and legal entities with many years of experience in the field of Public Transport in Famagusta District. The founding members of OSEA include PEAL Famagusta (based in Paralimni), EMAN Buses (based in Agia Napa) and other bus owners in the villages of Liopetri, Avgorou, Dasaki Achnas, Xylofagou, Ormideia and Xylotymbou.
OSEA currently employs around 150 people (stationmasters, inspectors, routers, clerks, drivers, telephone operators, etc.). With the full enforcement of the new Public Bus Transportation plan that will eventually cover and serve more areas of the non-occupied Famagusta District with more frequent bus services, the number of employers is expected to increase even more, establishing OSEA as a dynamic workforce cell in Famagusta District.
OSEA currently employs around 140 people (stationmasters, inspectors, routers, clerks, drivers, telephone operators, etc.). With the full enforcement of the new Public Bus Transportation plan that will eventually cover and serve more areas of the non-occupied Famagusta District with more frequent bus services, the number of employers is expected to increase even more, establishing OSEA as a dynamic workforce cell in Famagusta District.
The OSEA bus fleet consists of 100 buses that operate depending on the needs of each bus route. On the 1st January 2011, a fleet of 20 brand new buses were put into operation on various bus routes and our aim is that in the next few years the entire bus fleet of OSEA will consist of more new and modern buses that comply fully with all the required European standards.
OSEA also has a contractual obligation for the installation of a complete fleet management system, automated ticket issuing sytems, electronic information systems for passengers and the creation of smart bus stops.
Some of the main priorities of OSEA are:
* the increase in the number of people that use the bus and the successful establishment of the bus as a reliable and safe form of transportation,
* the constant dedication to passenger service and the provision of updated information to them, with special care for people with disabilities and mobility problems,
* the coverage with frequent bus routes of the entire region of the non-occupied Famagusta District and the communities of Xylofagou, Ormideia and Xylotymbou, as well as the expansion of route schedules especially during the summer months,
* the effective protection of our natural environment and the gradual alleviation of traffic congestion.
With the new Public Transport Bus Routes system, passengers will have the opportunity to commute safely with our modern. Passengers will also be able to enjoy a comfortable journey, while at the same time contributing to the decongestion of road traffic and the big effort made to lower greenhouse gas emmissions. Most importantly, passengers will have the chance to commute economically, thus reducing their family budget for transportation expenses.