New Bus Rapid Transit for Tanzania’s Largest City

dart bus tanzaniaOn 10 May, the new Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit (Dart) finally started to operate in Tanzania’s largest city, bringing a relief to the commuters by connecting the periphery with the city centre. Operating from 5 am to midnight, two different categories of busses (one express bus with only a few stops and one normal bus with stops at each station) allow the numerous commuters to save a lot of time during rush hours. Before, residents of Kimara for example needed to calculate around three hours to get to the Central Business District, which is a route of about 15 kilometres only. With Dart, the route will only take them a maximum of 40 minutes by express bus and one hour with the normal bus. Furthermore, the new bus system antagonises the rising prices claimed by taxis and private cars, as explained by one commuter: “Due to chronic jams, some buses were cutting routes and this paved the way for taxis and other private cars to charge up to 3,000 TZS from Kariakoo to Ubungo, but now we will pay only 650 TZS and we will spend just between 20 and 30 minutes on the road”. The payment system is working with special cards and barcodes, which helps to accelerate the passenger flow at every bus stop. You can find more information on the official website of the new transport system: http://dart.go.tz/en/

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