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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Public transportation in Ecuador. April 2016.

There are plenty of  buses (intercity and urban) in Ecuador. They are cheap and run often. However, the probability exists that passenger might be killed, injured, robbed, sexually assaulted on a bus or trolley. Of course chances are slim, from hundreds of thousands taking public transportation in Ecuador per day it happens only to a few. Make sure it won't happen to you.
More recent accidents: end of March and beginning of April . 
April 1, 2016
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/accidente-transito-via-quito-papallacta.html
March 31, 2016
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/accidente-bus-flota-imbabura-duran.html
March 30, 2016
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/bus-interprovincial-cayo-quebrada-manabi.html
March 24, 2016
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/bus-interprovincial-accidente-guayaquil-ambato.html
March 22, 2016
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/accidente-transito-ibarra-heridos-ecuador.html

Remember never to stand in the danger zone that surrounds the bus.
March 23, 2016
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/bus-estacionado-resbalo-atropello-victima.html
March 22, 2016
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/hombre-murio-atropellado-bus-quito.html

Sexual assaults and robberies on a bus
30 allegations of sexual harassment were reported in three months in the integrated transport of Quito.
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/quito-denuncias-acoso-sexual-transporte.html
Victim's personal statements.
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/pasajeras-historias-acososexual-transporte.html
If you got robbed on a bus - don't expect to be assisted by the authorities.
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/turismo-extranjeros-asaltados-ecuador-delincuencia.html

By the way, the sexual assault on a bus is something that is relatively new in Ecuador. I asked my Russian speaking acquaintances who used to take bus in 2000- 2010. Back then they were from 16 to 40 years old. They reported that they never been sexually assaulted on a bus back then. Now they avoid public transportation like a plague. 
From 2006 to 2015 I used to ride buses often in Ecuador. Three times (in 2008, 2013 and 2014) I was robbed on a bus but never had a sexual assault problem. Including cost of replacement of my slashed purses, items taken and problems created - I could have many happy taxi rides for this money.  My 2016 new year resolution - to stay away (as much as I can) from public transportation in Ecuador.

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it (quote from Game of Thrones), however acknowledging a problem is the first step to finding a solution. Solution for your safety needs and prosperity in Ecuador.


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