20 January 2013

Tanzania: World Banks Bails Out Capital's Transit System

Dar es Salaam — Dar es Salaam residents will recuperate their incomes that have deteriorated for years as a result of a poor transportation system that encompasses heavy traffic jam.

The locals sign of relief comes at a time after the World Bank's board of executive approved a $100m as additional financing for completion of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Dar es Salaam.

BRT system applied to a variety of public transport systems using buses to provide faster, more efficient service than an ordinary bus line.

According to the World Bank, this initiative will save the Tz economy billions of shillings lost daily in traffic jams and provide relief to at least 300,000 commuters.

The additional $100m from the Bank's International Development Association will bring the total cost of the Second Central Transport Corridor Project (CTCP2 to $290m).

"Dar es Salaam is growing rapidly", said Philippe Dongier, World Bank's Country Director for Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi.

"Traffic jams are a significant problem for the economy. They reduce productivity by wasting the time of road users; they threaten future growth prospects for the city, and they pollute the environment," he said.

The BRT is implemented by the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transport (DART) agency and is aligned to Tanzania's development strategy which underscores the need for improved transport infrastructure to achieve social and economic objectives.

The combined works on the project including the construction of the road works, bus-passenger terminal buildings, feeder stations, utility power relocation will provide some 80,000 jobs by completion in 2015.

The BRT system will be operated by a $40.9m public private partnership (PPP) arrangement with two private bus operators, one fare collector and a fund manager.

The modern system will provide rapid boarding and dedicated right of way for 148 buses with a capacity of 140 passengers each, providing both normal and express services.

Additionally, another 100 buses with a capacity of 60 passengers will transport passengers to the trunk system through feeder stations.

The entire 20.9 kilometers will be provided with tree-shaded bicycle and pedestrian ways on both sides of the road with an average distance of 500 meters between bus stops.

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