What Nairobi city planners can learn from the BRT system in Dar es Salaam

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For a visitor, the port city of Dar es Salaam, with a population of five million people, is not easy to navigate. However, Nairobi city planners have something to learn from Dar es Salaam. The city is already operating a successful Bus Rapid Transit system BRT.

A ride from one station to another costs locals 650 Tanzanian shillings, about 30 Kenyan shillings. To use BRT in Dar es Salaam, commuters pay and wait for a bus to their destination. The city has about 140 buses on the BRT system from an initial plan to operate over 300 vehicles.

BRT bus passenger carrying capacity ranges from 140 to 160 combining sitting and standing passengers. According to statistics, BRT buses transport more than 200,000 people daily. But the BRT system has its challenges as well. They are usually crowded and passengers often miss rides.

“Mwendakasi has poor organization in terms of routes, number of buses and time” Omary Padisha a resident of Dar es Salaam. Currently, The BRT system is operating more than five routes with plans to expand soon. Last year, the African Development Bank pledged $159.32 million for the second There are no 14 seater matatus in Dar es Salaam.

Buses and mini buses at as alternatives to BRT. From observation, this writer estimates that the traffic at peak hours matches that in Nairobi. And just like in Nairobi, there is usually push and shove in peak hours as people try to catch a matatu. However, goods and services are much cheaper in Dar. A trip to Mvuti village in the outskirts of the city will cost you not more than 30 Kenya shillings.

The city sleeps early. Once in Dar, remember to get your meal early. Dala dala experience face of the Dar es Salaam BRT. The bank said that the project was one of the AfDB’s key areas of focus terming the project as transformative. This second phase will cover a total of 19.3km and is expected to reduce travel time. After a successful expansion, the main and feeder lines are expected to transport up to 400,000 people per day and reduce congestion in the city.

The project is also expected to create over 3,000 jobs in the city that is expected to have close to eight million inhabitants by 2030.

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There are no 14 seater matatus in Dar es Salaam. Buses and mini buses at as alternatives to BRT. From observation, this writer estimates that the traffic at peak hours matches that in Nairobi.

And just like in Nairobi, there is usually push and shove in peak hours as people try to catch a matatu. However, goods and services are much cheaper in Dar. A trip to Mvuti village in the outskirts of the city will cost you not more than 30 Kenya shillings. The city sleeps early. Once in Dar, remember to get your meal early.

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