May 26, 2018 Last Updated 11:11 AM, May 23, 2018

Tanzania opens $290 million bus system in commercial capital

highwayABNABN - Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam, has opened a new public transport system which should improve the journeys of millions of commuters.

A new network involving more than 100 buses has come into operation as part of the city’s push to drastically improve its dated transport system.

The bus system was funded by a US$290 million loan from the World Bank.

"With its population expected to reach 10 million in 2030, Dar es Salaam needs a well-functioning transit system to relieve congestion and to promote its productivity and competitiveness as a commercial hub,” said Bella Bird, the World Bank country director for Tanzania.    

Tanzanian president John Magufuli played a crucial role in this latest development during his previous role as the country’s works minister, prior to taking officein 2015.

President Magufuli, nicknamed ‘the bulldozer’ for pushing through numerous projects, said at the project’s inauguration: "We want Dar es Salaam to become a modern city."

He added that plans have begun to build a 200km diesel-electric commuter rail network between Dar es Salaam and the nearby town of Morogoro. 


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