The Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Accessibility, Mansour Faye, announced on Thursday that the first BRT (Bus rapid transit) bus will be presented to the public in April.
”The works of the BRT are following their course, sections are released (…) in March, all the systems and circuits will be released (….). The first bus will be presented, God willing, in April. Trials will follow. Operation will start in the last quarter of 2023,” he said.
He was speaking, in Diamniadio, on the sidelines of the launch of the third phase of the renewal of the urban and interurban car park. He handed over the keys to 300 local taxis.
Speaking of the BRT, the Minister stressed that “it is a means of transport which will contribute to improving mobility in Dakar”.
“For the environment, you can see that the BRT is a major project that will transport more than 300,000 passengers in record time, ie 45 minutes from Guédiawaye to Petersen,” he added.
Work on the Dakar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project was launched in October 2021 by President Macky Sall.
With a total cost of approximately 300 billion FCFA, the BRT will have a rich fleet of 144 articulated buses, which will transport up to 300,000 passengers per day, with a journey time reduced by half between the suburbs and the city center. from Dakar
Financed by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the Green Climate Fund, this project is carried out over a length of 18.3 km.
It will cross 14 municipalities and will transport 300,000 travelers daily between Guédiawaye (a suburb of Dakar) and the city center of the capital, according to the authorities’ projections.
The BRT project, led by the Executive Council for Urban Transport in Dakar (CETUD), will considerably improve urban mobility.