Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Tanzania’s BRT fleet jumps to 210 vehicles

The number of vehicles in Tanzania’s Bus Rapid Transit system has increased from 70 last year to 210, which can increase the number of routes traveled by the buses.

In 2021, the billion-shilling Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project received a big boost after the government released 70 buses in the port of Dar es Salaam.

Since their import in 2018, the buses have remained stranded in the port, which has been described as a miscommunication between the government and the Usafiri Dar es Salaam-Rapid Transit (Uda-RT). < / p>

The $ 151 million vehicles were cleared by Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Amos Makalla, who allowed the 70 vehicles to go into service to avoid the nightmares to alleviate commuter traffic on the 21.1 km long BRT network through the UDA-RT.

Dar Rapid Transit Agency (Dart) Public Relations Manager William Gatambi said the number of buses operating the BRT infrastructure has now increased to 210.

“This has enabled BRT to introduce four new feeder routes compared to when we had two. The new feeder routes are Kibaha-Kimara, Mlonganzila-Kimara and Magufuli-Kimara, Mwenge via Morocco, ”he said, adding that the old routes are Gerezani-Muhimbili and Kimara-Mbezi.

Mr Gatambi said the construction of the infrastructure for BRT Phase II, including 20.3 kilometers of exclusive BRT lanes and non-motorized traffic (NMT) facilities along the Kilwa Road Corridor and part of Kawawa Road , make good progress.

“The construction of the infrastructure including a depot, feeder lines and a large train station in Gerezani in Kariakoo has been completed,” he said.

< p class = "align - justify"> Road construction was 40 percent in November last year, hampered by several challenges, including the lockdown, which adversely affected the timely import of building materials.

In June 2021, President Samia Sulu expressed Hu Hassan on an inspection visit expressed their dissatisfaction with the progress of the project, saying it is contributing to the deteriorating economy and affecting people who are dependent on the transport network.

“You take us back. Mbagala is among the most densely populated areas that rely on the road for daily transportation and transportation. The pace at which construction is being delayed is the same as you are holding back your economy, “said President Samia.

” The more they are delayed, the more they are being undermined them our economic life. I came to find out the reasons for the delay; the government or the contractor to take appropriate action. ”

Last year the government secured loans totaling US $ 246.7 million from the World Bank for the construction of phases three and four of the BRT.

Phase three of the BRT project includes the construction of infrastructure projects on the 23.6 kilometer road along the Nyerere Road between Gongo la Mboto and the city center and parts of Uhuru Road from Tazara to Kariakoo Gerezani.

Phase four includes the construction of a 16.1 kilometer stretch along the Bagamoyo and Sam Nujoma Streets.

The Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit Agency (Dart) already had $ 148.1 million for the third phase and $ 99.9 million Received $ 2.46 million early last year to help 77 Dar es Salaam residents To pave the way for the construction of the 23.6 kilometer section of the BRT Phase 3 project.

Dart is a bus-based mass transit system serving the suburbs of Dar es Salaam with the Central Business District and went into operation in May 2016.

The construction of the first phase worth 154 million US dollars was completed in December 2015, financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank and the Tanzanian government.

Phase I of the BRT system has a total length of 21 kilometers and runs from Kimara via Ubungo and ends in Kivukoni, Morocco and Gerezani.