How many cars enter Colombo everyday? 170,000 actually. How many people enter Colombo overall? That would be 1.8 million. Find this and more answers by scrolling down.
These are 2015ish statistics for car/vehicle use in Colombo. The source is this Daily Mirro [sic] infographic, which itself cites the National Transport Commission and Central Bank. Shout out to Thilina Weerawansa.
500,000 vehicles enter Colombo every day
… carrying 1.8 million people
|Route Bus (On Service)||787|
|Vehicles For Goods||36,598|
|Medium Goods (2 Axle)||16,881|
I can basically break the analysis down to one graph. Each private vehicle carries an average of 1.87 people. Each bus carries 33.6 people.
Alternately, this Awantha Artigala comic basically sums it up.
Another thing I find interesting is that there are more cars on the road in Colombo than any other vehicle type. For a long time Sri Lanka had more motorbikes and three-wheelers being registered but that seems to have changed, in the CMB at least.
The answer is obvious, we need less vehicles carrying more people. That means public transit. The problem is that our public transit is so bad that this isn’t fair, or even really possible.
Changing the bus system involves dealing with a bunch of vested interested (unions, bus owners, government) and will be as complicated as American health care. We do have a rail network which is under-utilized, and the government has tendered for urban rail, but that wouldn’t start until 2019. For more on how messed up the current rail system is, read Yudha.
In the meantime, it’s basically just shit out there and we’re getting more and more cars on the road, 14,000 units in September 2015, a 400% increase from last year. There are too many cars and it’s slowing down everyone – average speeds are 17 kmph if you’re lucky. The Police have basically left Battaramulla for dead.
Things have gone super-bad in the past few months and something’s got to change. This traffic, besides being annoying, will actually cost us billions if not trillions in lost productivity and economic growth if we don’t invest intelligently now.