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Dar es Salaam bus rapid transit, Tanzania [free access]

February 1, 2017

Developer: Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit (DART) Agency is the developer. The system is proposed to be operated under a public private partnership (PPP) arrangement with two private bus operators, a fare collector and a fund manager.


Project description: Development and expansion of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system to serve Dar es Salaam, the capital city of Tanzania.


Background: The line spans 20.9 km from Kimara to Kivukoni. Passengers services commenced in January 2017. The project construction was executed in seven work packages and included 29 stations, five terminals and two depots.


- Package 1 was being implemented into two lots. Lot 1 involves the construction of the 10.4-km Magomeni-Kimara corridor covering 15 bus stations (including Kimara and the Ubongo terminals). Lot 2 involves the construction of the 10.5 km corridor and rehabilitation of the road from Magomeni to Kivukoni, spur section from Kawawa Road through Magomeni to Morocco Terminal and another section from Msimbazi Road to Kariakoo. It will cover 14 bus stations.

- Package 2: Construction of Ubungo bus depot, feeder station and the up-country bus terminal

- Package 3: Construction of Jangwani depot

- Package 4: Construction of Kivukoni Terminal and feeder station

- Package 5: Construction of Kariakoo Terminal and feeder station

- Package 6: Construction of feeder stations

Package 7: Relocation of power utility


Austria-based construction company, Strabag,completed construction of Package 1 at a cost of USD178 million. For Packages 2, 4, 5 and 6, China-based Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) Company Limited secured the construction contract, Australia-based SMEC provided construction supervision and Brazil-based Logit with Tanzania-based Interconsult prepared the design. China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation executed the construction of Package 3. Tanzania-based Spencon Services Limited secured the contract for construction works for package 7 in May 2010.


Extension of Phase I (Phase II) will span 20.3 km from Mbagala Area in Temeke District to the central business district (CBD), where it will connect with Phase I at the Kariakoo hub. The average distance between bus stops will be 500 metres.


The system is expected to operate for 18 hours from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.


The construction is scheduled to commence by 2017 and expected to be completed by 2020. 


The DART system master plan envisages the development of six corridors, which will be developed in phases and span a total length of 130.3 km 


Funding: In January 2013, the World Bank approved additional funding of USD100 million from the International Development Association, bringing the total investment for Phase I to USD290 million.


The project cost of USD160 million for Phase II will be jointly financed by the Bank Group (61.1 per cent), Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) (27.8 per cent) and the Government of Tanzania (11.1 per cent).


Rolling stock: Phase I deploys a fleet of 39 trunk buses (18-metre long with capacity for 155 passengers) and 101 feeder buses (12-metre long with capacity for 80 passengers) is deployed on Phase I.


Phase II will deploy a fleet of 97 articulated trunk buses, each with a capacity of 140 passengers.


Journey time: The BRT has reduced the end-to-end journey time from 2 hours to 45 minutes.


Ridership: Phase I is expected to have a daily ridership of 400,000 passengers..


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