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In Ghana and neighboring countries tro tro are privately owned minibus share taxis that travel fixed routes leaving when filled to capacity. While there are tro tro stations, these vehicles for hire can also be boarded anywhere along the route.
Operated by a driver and a conductor (who collects money, shouts out the destination, and is called a "mate"), many are decorated with slogans and sayings, often religious. Few operate on Sundays.
Used by 70% of Ghanaian commuters, tro tro are the most popular form of transport for work and shopping in the country as of 2010. Large buses also provide public transport in Accra, Ghana, as of 2008[AICD 1] but may be used by fewer people.
In the absence of a regulatory environment groups called syndicates oversee minibus share taxis like tro tro in Africa. These groups may collect dues, set routes, manage terminals, and fix fares.[AICD 3] In Accra as of 2008 such syndicates include GPRTU and PROTOA.[AICD 4]
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