Dar es Salaam could soon have a modern urban transport system under a $158 million project largely sponsored by the World Bank, local media sources report. Detailed drawings have already been completed for the first phase of the project, which includes creating a 21-km bus network with 29 small stations, five main stations and two garages. New buses will also be acquired to augment the existing fleet and a modern ticket dispensing system will be installed.
The project aims to reduce congestion in and around the city centre, which can be extremely heavy especially at rush hour. The Surface and Marine Transport Authority (Sumatra) has also said that buses with a capacity of fewer than 25 passengers will be banned from entering the central business district as of August.
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