STRABAG International GmbH was awarded the contract for rehabilitation and extension of the Bus Rapid Transit Infrastructure (BRT ) in the capital of Dar Es Salaam, with a contract value of EUR 134.4 million. The BRT is a surface metro system that uses bus technology to provide metro-like services
The main objective of the project is to ensure orderly flow of traffic on the city streets and roads by increasing the level of mobility, improving public urban transport, promoting the use of non motorized transport, and to meet the ever increasing travel demand of the city residents with ultimate aim of increasing comfort and quality of life and urban development. In addition, the BRT and related system intend to generate jobs to residents by inviting people to invest in the bus operations, fund management, and fare collection companies.
BRT is a bus-based mass transit system that essentially follows the performance and characteristics of a modem rail-based transit system but at a fraction of the cost. It consists of a corridor of exclusive and segregated lanes, high capacity articulated buses and high performance boarding with central platform for level boarding and large closed stations that allow fare payment outside the trunk vehicles. The system that is now operational in Dar Es Salam can reach average speeds of 25 km/h.
According to STRABAG, the works comprise the rehabilitation and extension of three trunk roads with a total length of 21.1 km. The contract is part of the Second Central Transport Corridor Project in Tanzania, the purpose of which is to support Tanzania’s economic growth by providing enhanced transport facilities.
The main components of the system are the Dar Es Salaam urban transport system, the trunk roads and Zanzibar Airport. It also provides for the construction of one axial concrete paved carriageway for each direction serving exclusively for bus transport. The existing road is being widened in order to keep the mixed traffic lanes and to include the new cycle routes and walkways.
Within the roadway, each 500 – 700 m bus stations are built, with existent bus terminals to be enlarged. STRABAG will also set up drinking water supply systems, sewerage system and telecommunication system as well as street lighting and traffic signs.