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Published On: Mon, Jan 15th, 2024

Senegal Inaugurates First Electric BRT Network

Senegal,  yesterday 14th January 2024 paved a historic milestone by inaugurating its first ever Bus Electric Transit (BRT) network in order to bring a transformative wave to urban transportation in the capital city of Dakar, after waiting for four-years, residents of Dakar would soon move around the city on board these electric buses.

Prime Minister Amadou Ba, during the inaugural ceremony, praised the initiative as a clear demonstration of Senegal’s dedication to modernizing infrastructure and embracing innovation, as it is not just a modern infrastructure but a representation of a significant leap in the innovation for the nation.

President Macky Sall, during the ceremony highlighted that the Bus Electric Transit reinforces their commitment to the new era of the mass transportation revolution which solves today’s problems and anticipates those of tomorrow.

He added that the BRT connects 14 communes of Dakar from north to south with large-capacity buses (approximately 150 seats) set to carry 300,000 passengers a day, adding that residents are hopeful the new fleet will help with the city’s congested traffic.

He further expressed that it will also improve urban mobility in the agglomeration of Dakar, as it was really difficult to leave the suburbs to go to Dakar and back but with these two major projects by his Government there would undoubtedly be a positive social impact.

“There is heavy traffic on our roads that’s why the BRT will bring major changes. The BRT will decongest our roads. We really loose so much time in the jams.” He said.

The ambitious Dakar BRT project spans an impressive 18.3 kilometers, with features of 23 strategically located bus stations and three central hub transfer stations, executed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the project stands as a testament to international collaboration as the BRT was financed by the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the State of Senegal. It cost about 300 billion CFA francs (about 500 million US dollars).

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