• Examining Nairobi’s split personality

    Walking through certain parts of Nairobi, one is struck by the formal elements that highlight the city’s conscious march towards becoming a “world-class city.” Images of the formal or “modernity,” such as the development of public commuter rail, shopping malls with mega supermarkets and organic food outlets, and tall, all-glass skyscrapers that house multinational corporations […]

  • National train driver strike paralyses Egyptian transport system

    In Egypt, the largest train driver strike in almost 30 years has crippled national transport services. Beginning Saturday night, strikers caused trains to stop running from three key cities  — Cairo, the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta — immobilising the network nationwide. As of Monday, nearly 1,100 train trips had been […]

  • Traders opt for Dar es Salaam port

    Traders in hinterland Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo are on tenterhooks as a possibility of a violent election period in Kenya leaves them with no choice but to abandon the much used Mombasa port to avoid losing their goods in transit, as was the case in 2007. Chaotic post election violence […]

  • A bumpy ride towards claiming credibility

    FREETOWN: Think Africa Press relays the ‘okada’ riders’ joint struggle for their service to be recognised as an accountable, valuable and effective mode of public transport in Sierra Leone’s capital. Read here. BAMENDA: New regulations are being implemented by Bamenda’s City Council to restrict the routes of commercial bike riders to untarred roads. Local news […]

  • Building collapses in Alexandria

    Twenty-three people were killed and eleven were injured on Wednesday morning when an eight-story building collapsed in Alexandria. Rescue efforts are ongoing as an official expects more bodies to be found under the rubble of the collapsed building of 24 flats. According to the governor, the East Alexandria building that collapsed during the early hours […]

  • Tech-savvy Ivorians beat the traffic

    Sick of traffic on your morning commute? Or, for that matter, gridlock any time of the day? Thanks to CivRoute, a project initiated by four tech-savvy Ivorians, driving has become a more efficient, less stressful experience. That’s crucial for this country with limited roads but a rising number of cars and subsequent congestion. By Selay […]

  • On its path to liveability, Accra explores new transport options

    For the average commuter, Accra is choked by bottlenecks and traffic congestion. The city’s commercial activity attracts two-thirds of commuters to the CBD, but the ineffective transport system stifles accessibility, productivity and liveability. The city’s longstanding transportation planning bias toward cars is catching up with the growing city. An estimated 70 percent of commuters get […]

  • Tanzania receives $100m for transport works

    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 […]

  • Mass action against e-tolls only the beginning

    CONGRESS of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) marched on Friday in Johannesburg and Tshwane against the controversial e-tolling system, and submitted memorandums to various national and provincial departments. At the Johannesburg march, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the congress was against the e-toll system and that Cosatu would continue to fight it.   “Today […]

  • Towards a transport master plan

    EAST AFRICA: …The East African Community (EAC) linking Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, with a combined population of over 140 million and GDP of over $74 billion, has largely failed to tap the potential of its common market because of poor public transport  infrastructures, experts say. The Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) estimates […]