Dar es Salaam Invests in Public Transit

<p>With crippling traffic congestion, the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam has pooled $158 million to improve its public transportation system -- adding new service, stations, and walkways.</p>
July 2, 2008, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Tanzania has set aside $158.2 million to implement the first phase of the much awaited commuter transport system in Dar es Salaam."

"'Of this amount, the government will give $10 million, the World Bank $110 million and the private sector $38.2 million, specifically targeted for acquiring buses and installing a modern ticket dispensing system,' Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said."

"The project will also make life easier for users of footpaths, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian walkways."

"Mr Pinda said the first phase of the project will cover 21 kilometres with 29 small stations, five main stations and two sheds for parking."

"The Surface and Marine Transport Authority (Sumatra) recently announced that come August, buses with a carrying capacity of less than 25 passengers will not be allowed to enter Dar es Salaam's central business district."

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Published on Monday, June 30, 2008 in The East African
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