The new funding brings the total cost of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system in east Africa’s second-biggest economy to $290-million.
“Traffic jams are a significant problem for the economy. They reduce productivity … threaten future growth prospects for the city and the country, and they pollute the environment,” Philippe Dongier, World Bank’s country Director for Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi, said in a statement.
Dar es Salaam, with a population of around three-million, has been choking with traffic jams but the country hopes the transit system will cut travel time by using dedicated lanes.
The lender said the new transport system under construction will replace around 1,800 privately-owned commuter mini buses and create 80 000 jobs.
“The BRT system will be operated by a $40.9-million public private partnership (PPP) arrangement with two private bus operators, one fare collector and a fund manager,” said the World Bank. READ MORE…
In other news, the same city is making headway in enhancing commercial efficiency after a high number of officials involved in administrative irregularities at Dar es Salaam port have come under the axe. Tanzania’s Daily News has the story.
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