Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Development of a Sustainable Transport System


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Addis Ababa is one of the oldest and largest cities in Africa. It is also one of the most rapidly urbanizing cities, home to 25% of Ethiopia's urban population, 3.6million residents, a figure that is expected to double in the next 15 years.

This initiative was chosen in part because the city is learning from neighboring Dar es Salaam, by taking an integrated municipal management approach to develop a high quality, affordable Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. This system will help shape future metropolitan growth. However the BRT is much more than a public transport system—the corridor designs also offer many improvements for pedestrians and cyclists, high quality cycle tracks, footpaths, and pedestrian crossings. The fully dedicated BRT and pedestrian walkways provide public transport riders with quick access to the city center, without interference from private vehicles and minibuses.

This project is one of seven BRT corridors planned across Africa and is expected to serve over 3,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

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