• Commuter trains ease traffic in Dar

    In Dar es Salaam the government in collaboration with the private sector has been trying hard to come up with solutions to solve the traffic jams that bedevil the city. One strategy has been the implementation of commuter train routes in the city, established in October 2012. The service is cheap and relatively reliable compared […]

  • End in sight for Dar es Salaam’s traffic woes

    Expectations are running high among Dar es Salaam residents as the first phase of the city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project inches closer to completion. For Dar es Salaam commuters, who spend over two hours on a one-way trip into or out of the central business area, the project, implemented by government agency DART, promises […]

  • Urban news

    Tunis suburb sees police and terrorist forces in fatal stand-off Anti-terrorist units of Tunisia’s National Guard stormed a pair of houses containing militants in a seaside capital suburb Tuesday, ending nearly a day long stand-off that left eight dead. The incident highlights the threat of Islamist militancy as one of the biggest challenges to the new government. […]

  • Rights group wary of Chinese-Congolese infrastructure partnership

    Launched in 2008, Sicomines is a Chinese-Congolese project, with an estimated cost of $3 billion, to build new roads and bridges in various cities in the DRC, including  Kinshasa. Sicomines has one clear intent: to facilitate exploration and development for the mining of non-ferrous metal. Notwithstanding benefits to the mining industry, human rights activists doubt […]

  • Arusha develops strategy to curb traffic in the city centre

    The northern Tanzanian city of Arusha has developed a series of plans to decongest the city centre. New measures will include increasing public transport, designating one-way roads, and disallowing large trucks in the city centre. Tanzania Daily News reports: “Initial strategies have been conceived to de-congest the city centre as the council works towards constructing […]

  • Weekly news roundup

    Informal settlements keep growing in South Africa’s Mother City Population growth, urbanisation and inadequate planning have led to the proliferation of slum settlements in Cape Town. The metro area contains almost as many informal settlements as the rest of the Western Cape province, despite the fact that Cape Town metro occupies less than 2% of […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • How Cairo moves around the city

    Cairo’s traffic is often portrayed as a reflection of Egyptian society. The street life has transformed dramatically over the course of the past several decades due to the widening gap between rich and poor and the government’s timid policies on public transportation. While only 15 percent of Cairo’s population own private cars, the city functions […]