This Thursday morning, the November 16 tram station in Rabat was stormed by tram users. In question, the temporary stopping of the tram at the level of the Hassan II station for the needs of the construction works of the hopper located on the axis of the main avenues Hassan II and Al Alaouiyine. The launch of this work on October 7 had already caused traffic jams in the city center of the capital.
The competent authorities had announced that the tram arriving from the city of Salé towards Rabat, had to stop at the Hassan II bridge, and that users had to get off at this station and walk to the November 16 station to continue their journey. road to Al Irfane or Moulay Youssef. But the authorities did not expect the situation ” slips ” at this point even arriving to disrupt traffic at Bd. Al Alaouiyine.
Indeed, the change of trajectory gave rise to a ” chaos At the November 16 station located at the very beginning of Bd Al Alaouiyine, which was stormed by dozens of citizens. The crowd gathered in front of the tram door, blocking the entrance and causing jostling and clashes between users. There have also been reports of fainting.
Anger therefore rose a notch among the passengers who had the chance to get a seat. Some even called the ambiance ” hell ”Inside the tram, while others criticized the“ absence ”of the authorities who did not anticipate things by making buses available to users at the Hassan II station in order to lower the traffic. pressure on the tram.
By observing the ” chaos “ this morning at the November 16 station, we can easily see that users had completely forgotten that the ghost virus Sars-CoV is still circulating. If some had had time to think about putting on their masks correctly and staying away from the crowd to respect distancing, others wanted, at all costs, apart from preventive measures, to get on the tram and return to work. . Others preferred to take a taxi instead of grabbing the covid or waiting hours before getting on the tram.
A morning that has certainly not been easy for users of the tramway connecting the city of Salé to the capital of the Kingdom, in addition to the entry into force this Thursday, October 21 of the Vaccine Pass which is now mandatory in public transport. A rule that was not applied at all this morning at the level of the tram connecting Salé to Rabat.
For its part, the management of the Rabat-Salé tram company has hired dozens of additional agents, since the start of construction work on the hopper ” Sidi Makhlouf », In order to organize the process of passenger access to the trams of the various stations. But the overcrowding at the station on November 16 made them unable to control the situation, especially after several citizens dropped their cars and opted for the streetcar because of the works.