In order to relieve the traffic mess in Kampala, Uganda is preparing to implement its first bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the capital city.
According to Tanzanian Newspaper ‘The Citizen’, Uganda’s Minister for Transport Aggrey Bagaiire made the announcement while visiting the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transport (DART) project, which has significantly improved transport services in the city.
Bus-rapid transit, (BRT), is a form of mass transit that uses buses to move passengers in a fashion similar to metro or light-rail systems. They often feature dedicated lanes so that buses don’t get stuck in traffic, as well as stations where passengers can pay their fare before getting on board.
To ensure the success of the project, Tanzania Government which successfully implemented theirs in 2016 will assist Uganda in order to bring the BRT system to reality. According to a number of media outlets in Tanzania, Magufuli’s Govt will provide technical assistance in order to move the project from assessment to implementation.
In May 2016, Dar es Salaam, a city of five million, became East Africa’s first city to implement a bus-rapid transit system with support from the World Bank.