Kenya: Formation of NAMATA

Draft legislation for the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NAMATA) is nearly finalized and will go to parliament soon. NAMATA will be instrumental in coordinating between the multiple ongoing transport initiatives in Nairobi, ensuring harmonization of the BRT Lines, overseeing the BRT implementation, and helping to establish a clear roadmap for improving sustainable transport facilities in Nairobi.

Namibian Transport Minister in Germany

From 6th to 11th July 2016, a delegation of 10 representatives from the Namibian Road Transport Sector including the Namibian Transport Minister has been on a study tour to Germany. At the start of the tour, the delegation was welcomed by Mr Preuß, executive board member of GIZ. Besides representatives of the Ministry of Works and Transport, officials of state owned enterprises from the road transport sector such as the Roads Authority and the Road Fund Administration as well as officials from the University of Namibia accompanied the Minister. Goal of the visit in Germany was to deepen the knowledge and exchange about public transport systems, infrastructure and roads planning and funding, technical-scientific research in road engineering as well as road safety.

A Rapid Result Strategy for the Road Public Passenger Transport Industry in Namibia

rapid result strategy namibiaThe Ministry of Works and Transport in collaboration with GIZ Transport Namibia has launched the Rapid Result Strategy for the Road Public Passenger Transport Industry in Namibia. The strategy was launched by the Deputy Minister Hon Sankwasa James Sankwasa in July. There is a clear indication of goals and objectives describing what to be achieved or which strategy to be implemented as well as the responsible institution and time frame.

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Feasibility study completed for Nairobi BRT Lines 3 and 4

With support from the European Union, a consortium led by Ingérop has prepared a feasibility study for BRT on Lines 3 and 4 west, covering Juja Rd, Ngong Rd, and Valley Rd/Mbagathi Way. Work on the full detailed designs is expected to start soon. A key element to be addressed in the detailed designs is the integration of Lines 3 and 4 with Line 1 in the Nairobi CBD.

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Detailed design consultant appointed for Nairobi BRT Line 1

With the support from World bank, Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. (ITP) was hired to prepare infrastructure designs and a business plan for Line 1 of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Nairobi, running on Mombasa Rd and Waiyaki Way. ITP has submitted an inception report and is conducting frequency counts, transfer surveys, origin-destination surveys, and boarding-alighting surveys to update the Line 1 service plan prepared by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) in 2014.

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Uganda’s first solar-powered bus

In Kampala, Kiira Motors' electric bus was displayed recently at a stadium in Kampala. The bus is driven by a traction motor run by a battery, which is loaded by electricity generated from the solar panels on the bus roof. The bus seats 35 passengers and has a range of 80 kilometers on full charge, extended by the supplement energy from the solar panels during the ride. The price for the bus is estimated at around USD 140,000, but costs of about 55,000 are expected once the bus can be mass produced. An official date for the bus to run on Kampala’s streets has not been set yet.
(Source: Voice of America)

Addis Ababa to Have Bike Taxi Service Soon

According to the city transport coordination office, Ethiopia’s capital is to get a bike taxi service soon. The office already spent more than USD 300,000 to buy 210 two and three-wheeled bikes, which have been distributed to 3 small and micro enterprise associations. They are expected to start their service in the next weeks, covering five main routes.
(Source: Fana Broadcasting Corporate)

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