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Old October 25th, 2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Urban Transport In Ethiopia

Anbessa Plans to Shell out 950m Br for New Buses



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Anbessa City Bus Enterprise is to sign an agreement worth 950 million Br next week with Metal and Engineering Corporation for the delivery of 500 buses by June 2011.

Metal and Engineering Corporation, a collection of industries which used to cater to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), is now tasked with importing the disassembled parts and assembling the buses here, according to Bedlu Assefa, general manager of the enterprise.

“We have already given the corporation our specifications for the bus,” Bedlu told Fortune. “They include that the buses be able to accommodate the handicapped.”

Out of these buses, 100 are to be 18 metres long with a trailer, known as articulated or harmonica bus, and have the capacity to hold 300 people. The remaining buses, at 12 metres long, will be similar in size to the ones the enterprise already operates, with the capacity to carry 130 people.

The buses will have electronic displays showing the bus’s routes and destinations, according to Bedlu. The buses will use geographical positioning systems (GPS) to be tracked and identified if they encounter problems.

The first 200 buses are to arrive in the next six months with the rest expected by late June next year, he said.

Changes are planned to be made over the coming months by the enterprise. One of the planned changes is to use a dedicated lane for buses, according to Bedlu. The route between Wingate Atobis Terra and Kera would be the first to have a lane dedicated to buses.

The Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA) signed a deal with Beza Consult for the design of the lane on Friday, October 22, 2010. The design calls for the adjustment of sharp turns as well as roundabouts to enable the bus to go over instead of around them, which would be difficult for the 18 metre bus, according to Fekade Haile (Eng), general manager of AACRA. The consultant is expected to produce a preliminary design by January.

The rebuilding of bus stations to accommodate more people and a ticket stand is also in the pipeline.

Currently, the enterprise has 519 buses, including eight in Jimma, Oromia Regional State. Out of the total, 466 of which are DAF buses that were bought from the VDL Groep, a company based in the Netherlands, only 348 are operational.

Established as an enterprise in 1994, Anbessa City Bus Enterprise has since been put under the Privatisation and Public Enterprises Supervision Agency (PPESA). Currently, it is being transferred to the Addis Abeba City Administration. The city subsidises the enterprise at 0.26 Br per ticket.

In the 2009/10 fiscal year, the enterprise transported 108 million people. It registered revenues of 171 million Br but spent 217 million Br, registering a loss of around 46 million Br.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #2
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Heres something on public transport in the city, dont know if it needs it own thread or not:

Rapid transit buses for this year

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The first mass transport program, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), in the metropolis is expected to be introduced this budget year.
The electric bus mass transport is a pilot project, supported by Grand Lyon, LTPA (Lyon Town Planning Agency) and SYTRAL (transport authority from Lyon). It will contour from Goffa, the southern part of the metropolitan area, to Merkato, the central and biggest market center in the country.

Addis Ababa, which has over 3 million residents, has been working to address the lack of adequate public transportation and its city government officials have discussed various solutions but have not come to a conclusion about a solution so far. The city public transport problem is mounting due to fast migration and expansion in the city.

Still, some huge projects that were planned a few years ago have not been implemented, and the government has announced that mass transport scheme is one major part of the declared five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) to solve the problem for once.
To meet the GTP the government has situated three major projects, short, medium and long term plans.

According to officials at the city Transport Authority, expanding the capacity of Anbessa City Bus Service is a solution falling in the short term plan. Medium and long term plans are BTR and Light Rail Transit (LRT) which will be implemented in five years’ time.

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Old January 29th, 2011, 08:46 PM   #3
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This building is actually going to be the World Bank's new office!

http://www.ethiopianreporter.com/eng...ews&Itemid=511
Oh wow, it's a very nice bulding befitting of a major institution like the World Bank.

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Heres something on public transport in the city, dont know if it needs it own thread or not:

Rapid transit buses for this year
BRT in Addis? This is big, certainly worthy of its own thread. As for medical tourism, Thailand leads the pack, if we can tap that then there's a killing to be made.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 09:16 PM   #4
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China to fund light rail in Addis

The Export and Import (EXIM) Bank of China reached an agreement with the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) to finance its Light Railway Network project in Addis Ababa, a high government official who requested anonymity told Capital.
The bank already signed an agreement with ERC a few months ago. However, it still has to get the final approval of the Chinese government, the official said. The Commerce and Finance Ministry of China has a say in any financial agreements made by EXIM bank. In line with this, EXIM tabled ERC’s demand to the Ministry, which is expected to respond within the next four to six weeks, according to the official.
“The funding deal with the Chinese government is now at a final stage and will hopefully get the approval soon,” the official, who is closely involved in the deal, said confidently. He stated that the project can be launched in September as the Ethiopian government has completed all necessary preparations.
The light Railway Network project is expected to transport 20,000 passengers per day and is hoped to be a solution for Addis Ababa’s transportation problems.
The railway service has a so-called T-shaped segment. The first track heads from east to west and connects the Ayat roundabout with the Torhailoch ring road. The second track starts from Menelik Square and heads towards the Merkato Bus Station. It passes through Sebategna and Abenet and links up with the east-west line. After that, the combined track will continue towards Meskel Square and make a right turn in the direction of the Akaki roundabout.
With the project design already completed, ERC has awarded the project’s construction tender to the Chinese Railway Engineering Group, the official told Capital. Getachew Betru, general manager of the corporation, says he has no comments on the matter.
The Light Railway Network project is one of ERC’s two ambitious projects that plan to construct a 5,000 kilometer long cargo railway network connecting different parts of the country. ERC prioritizes the construction of the 2,000 kilometer railway line from Addis Ababa to the Djibouti Port and the Afar and Oromo region in the next five years. The additional 3,000 kilometer track to the Tigray regional state, the city of Gonder and the south will follow.
The Chinese government has also given its green light for the funding of the Addis Ababa - Djibouti project. In line with this agreement, ERC signed a contract with the Chinese Railway Corporation (CRC) two weeks ago in a bid to undertake the Addis Ababa-Me’eso Railway Projects, which is part of the line from the capital city to Djibouti.

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Old March 23rd, 2011, 12:10 PM   #5
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Civil engineering , design work underway to build 2516-km railway- Ministry

Addis Ababa, March 22, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - Civil engineering and design work is being undertaken to build 2516-km of railway over the next five years, the Transport Minister, Deriba Kuma said.

While responding to questions raised by Transport Affairs Standing Committee of the House of Peoples' Representatives here on Tuesday, Deriba said detail study of the design is undertaken by local and foreign contractors for Sebeta- Mieso, Mieso – Dire Dawa, Dire Dawa – Adigala, and Adigala - Dewele railway.

Deriba said in a bid to building the railway the ministry is actively engaged in building institutional and industrial capacity.

He said over the last eight months the ministry identified the human resource required to build the railway.

According to him, some 5,000 engineers with BA and MA degrees as well as 25,000 TVET graduates will be needed to build the railway.

Preparation is underway to train the professionals in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and higher learning institutions, he said.

According to Addis Ababa light rail transit system, Deriba said Memorandum of Understanding is signed with China Railways Group Limited (CREC) to build 36.5-KM of light rail.

Some 85 percent of the loan will be secured from Chinese EXIM Bank while the balance would be covered by the government, he said.

The light rail system would ease the traffic, he said. In a bid to addressing the mass transportation system, 500 buses are being assembled. The buses would start operation in September, Deriba said.
This is exciting news

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Old March 24th, 2011, 02:13 AM   #6
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New City Buses Arrive
Assembled in Ethiopia by the Metal and Engineering Corporation (MEC) of the Ministry of Defence









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As part of the efforts to adders the problems, the government is striving to launch rail transport and boost the number of city buses, Transport Minister, Diriba Kuma, said.

Diriba was speaking at an event organized here today in connection with the arrival of 4 of the 500 busses ordered by the Anbessa City Bus Enterprise.

All the 500 busses, which are going to be assembled by the Ethiopian Metals Engineering Corporation, will begin rendering service by the end of the coming September. He further indicated that 200 of the buses will arrive and begin services in the coming June.

According to Diriba, the 500 busses have the capacity to carry more than 700,000 people per day, thus contributing a lot towards addressing the problems.

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this is part of/ a continuation of abesha's story in the first post also.

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Old July 24th, 2011, 09:04 PM   #7
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Ethiopian Metal and Engineering Corporation (MEC) assembled city buses

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Ethiopian Metal and Engineering Corporation (MEC) unveiled on Monday seven city buses it assembled for the first time

It was back in October that the corporation signed an agreement with the Addis Ababa City Administration to assemble 500 city buses.

The corporation is expected to hand over 200 of the buses to the administration early coming September and finalize all the assembly by December.

The buses that are nicknamed after the location of the assembly factory, Bishoftu, will have a combined capacity of transporting up to one million commuters at a time.

This is believed to significantly alleviate the current shortage of transportation in city.

Deputy Director General of the Corporation, Colonel Tena Kurunde said the assembly of the buses domestically would enhance the innovative capacity of the corporation.

General Manager of the Addis Ababa City Bus Service Enterprise, Bedilu Asefa for his part said the assembly of the buses locally would save one billion Birr in foreign currency.

The corporation also disclosed plan to launch the assembly of cross-country buses.

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Hawassa Develops Public Transportation System

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The city administration of Hawassa announced on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, that it is going to introduce Bishoftu buses to provide public transportation service for its residents. The commencement of the service will mark the first public city bus transportation system in the Southern Region.

The Metal and Engineering Corporation (MetEC) has signed an agreement with the city to assemble and supply the eight buses by importing spare parts from China. The buses are being assembled by Bishoftu Automotive and Locomotive Industry (BALI), a subsidiary of MetEC.

“We have contracted MetEC to supply us with the eight buses for 12 million Br. Each bus will cost 1.5 million Br,” said Samuel Abeto, head of the Hawassa City Road and Transport Authority. The buses are designed to suit the needs of the city’s residents, and have the capacity to carry 120 to 150 passengers at a time, Samuel explained.

The introduction of the eight buses is expected to ease the pressure on the city’s public transport sector, especially for residents who live on the outskirts of the city, due to expansion of the city in recent years residents have had to commute to their places of employment from one end of the city to the other.

“To make the service affordable for all, the administration has introduced a reasonable transport fare as well as designed routes for the convenience of commuters. Four of the buses will provide transport services from Hawassa to Shashemene, 25km from the city; Wondogenet, 22km from the city; Dore Bafana, 18km from the city; and Morocho, 26km from the city,” said Samuel.

The remaining four buses will provide services on the city’s main roads, Fortune has learnt.

The Hawassa City Administration has finalised the purchase of the eight buses from MetEC by making a 30pc down payment, and committing to pay the remaining 70pc within the coming three to five years.

Anbessa City Bus Enterprise is consulting the city of Hawassa. It is estimated that the eight public buses will on average give services between to 20,000 to 22,000 residents. The services will commence from the middle of July, according to Samuel.

Currently, the city has registered 14 minibuses, 13 long-distance buses, 148 middle and short distance vehicles that have starting and ending destinations in Hawassa city. In addition, 4,500 Bajaj giving services to the public.

The public city transport will temporarily be administered by the city’s road and transport office until the city sets up an independent body to administer the city buses.

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Will all buses be equipped with electric displays? or are those paper route displays just temporary?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:48 PM   #11
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Not within' Ethiopia, but..

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November 30, 3011 - Ethiopia plans to launch cross-border public transportation service with three neighbouring countries Djibouti, Kenya and Sudan, according to the Capital. The Ministry of Transport, has been working on the project since last year.

Diriba Kuma, Minister of Transport, told Capital that the Ethiopian government has signed the agreement with Kenya to begin shared cross-border public transportation. “After we finish making the asphalt road, we will begin public transportation between the two nations,” the minister said.

The two countries have recently secured hundreds of millions of dollars from the African Development Bank to build the road. Diriba said, Ethiopia is in the process of signing an agreement with north Sudan and they already have agreed on the general framework. “Currently the document is in the draft stages and we think the deal will be finished by early 2012,” he explained.

Sudan and Ethiopia are already connected through a high quality road, which is currently mainly used to import fuel from Sudan. The agreement allows for mass transportation, to utilize the road to transport citizens. Previously, most use small cars or airplane to commute. For now, most people using the highway appeared to be from Sudan, according to sources. Bus transportation will reduce costs, making it easier for the general public to travel between the two nations.

According to Diriba, the Ethiopian government wants to expand cross country road transportation with other neighbouring countries as well, such as the newly formed South Sudan and Somaliland.
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Old December 6th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #12
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some of these initatives badly needed in Addis

Public Transportation in Addis Ababa Getting Worse
By Meron Tekleberhan

Addis Ababa, December 5, 2011 (Ezega.com) - A lot has been said about the issues associated with transportion in Addis Ababa but the problems seem to get worse instead of better. The streets of Addis Ababa witness a unique sort of battle every morning and late afternoon as the citizens of the city fight for transport. Students making their way to school shove and push alongside those trying to get to their respective places of employment.

Meanwhile Minibus taxi’s and medium sized buses pack in people way beyond their capacity and the few that come out victorious in the war of elbows and knees to earn a seat barely have breathe left to complain.

“Every weekday morning is the same struggle to get transportion,” observes Ato Tesfa a resident of the Gerji area of the city.

“I leave my house at 6:30 am every morning but I rarely make it to my office before 9:00am. The biggest challenge is finding a taxi between Gerji and Megenagna square or any other central location. If I’m lucky I get a ride from one of many private individuals who kindly offer a ride to as many people as they can carry in their vehicles,” He explains.

Ato Tesfa says that he may have to walk up to 30 to 45 minutes in search of transport if he fails to get a ride.

“I used to find it very offensive when people resorted to pushing and shoving to get a taxi but I do it myself now. I have no other choice but fight for transport when my constant lateness is creating tension at my job” he said.

The late afternoon, when most people are making their way back home is another time when transport is at premium.

“I know that if I don’t reach Mexico square before 5:00pm it will be very difficult to get a taxi to Mekanissa where I live. Large crowds surround the taxi stands and a single taxi is reason for a near stampede” says W/zo Menbere.

“I at least have no problems if I can manage to fight my way into a taxi. But I have seen people close to tears or ready to fight because the fought for taxi refuses to allow people on for shorter distances like Sar Bet on my route” she explained.

The problem is sometimes alleviated when officials from the transport authorities are present to enforce the transport routes said W/zo Menbere. There have however been instances when taxi’s forced to take a load of passengers, drive some distance from where the officials are and ask passengers to get off.

“One minibus driver forced to drive from Mekanissa to Mexico one morning begged us to get off with tears in his eyes. He claimed to have students waiting for him, to get to school, and that he would lose a contract for the whole academic year should he fail to appear. Some people tried to argue but most of us just got off because we knew he was unlikely to drive us to Mexico” said Menbere.

Another resident of Addis Ababa W/zt Tseige says that she prefers to use the larger Anbessa buses and the smaller medium sized buses to taxis because they are cheaper.

“I normally depend on the number 83 and number 49 buses to travel to Megenagna and Ayat. Number 83 is very unreliable and may even pass by a long queue of expectant passengers with a last minute change in destination.

There is a lot of pushing and shoving most days and this may incite some ticket collectors to rave and curse at passengers. There is no distinguishable limit on the number of passengers that can travel on the large Anbessa buses and everyone in Addis knows it” says Tsiege.

“The number 49 bus is easier to find and much more reliable because there are usually bus inspectors on duty around Megenagna. The buses, however, could take an hour or more between round trips for no discernible reason” she explained.

Ato Yonas* has been involved in the transport sector in various capacities, ranging from assistant on a minibus to owner of several vehicles, for the past twenty years. He feels that the problem of transport in Addis Ababa is multifaceted.

“The first problem is that the city is getting bigger all the time and the transport system has been left behind. Everyone knows and agrees that there needs to be a comprehensive public transport system set up in the city. Some people think that the government should allow special incentives for large scale investment in the transport sector including alternative forms of transport” said Yonas.

The in city transport sector is not very attractive because the government sets a tariff for all distances. The rates are increasingly becoming less and less profitable with rising fuel prices and ever increasing maintenance costs according to Yonas.

Another problem is that taxi owners and drivers prefer the profits from contracts to transport students to school and back to rush hour traffic with its minimal returns said Yonas and there is little that can be done in the short term with the exception of considerable tariff increases.

“I personally don’t wish to stay in the transport sector because I’m frustrated with the constant haggling with drivers. They feel that the only way that they can make a profit is by carrying excess passengers breaking up their routes to smaller distances but this puts at the risk of censure from various quarters including the taxi union and the government officials. On the other hand I still depend on the income from my vehicles and I find it hard to blame the drivers for wishing to earn a living too” he explained.

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How many bus stops are there between Arat Kilo and Sidist Killo? I bet you there are more than two!!......people used to take a taxi from Mexico to Stadium & complain about shortage of transport....how lazy can you get?....WALK your lazzzy Azzz! It's good for your health!
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City Roads Auth. Receives Final Bus Rapid Transit Design
  • Finance from France implements model adopted from Brazil





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The 12km bus rapid transit (BRT) line, which connects gofa gebriel to general winget school is expected to give relief for the transportation problem the city faces currently.

The Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA) receives the finalised design of 12km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines which connect Gofa Gebriel to Winget and create dedicated lanes that can enable city buses transport passengers quickly and efficiently to their destination while offering flexibility to meet transit demand.

The 12km BRT line is the first phase of the seven city wide lines the authority planned to construct. The the phase starts from Gofa Gebriel (Nifas Silk Lafto district) and goes through Kera, Teklehaymanot, Anwar mosque, Mercato (Addis Ketema District), Pasteur to General Winget School (Gullele District), connecting the three districts with 12km of total coverage and the design was planned to give relief for the expanding transportation problem in the city in congruence with the light rail road, according to Fekade Haile (Eng.), general manager of the the AACRA.

Construction of the roads, which will take two to three years will be financed by a loan gained from the government of France and it will be launched in the current fiscal year, said Fekade.The BRT model that AACRA is implementing in Addis Abeba is said to be adopted from Brazil. The design includes construction of new highways and upgrading of old roads to 25m to 40m width. The roads will have seven pedestrian overpasses and bus stops at every 500m to 700m difference.

The BRT lines will be constructed in between the normal two-sided roads constructed for other vehicles. The lines will have no traffic stoppages, while the buses will have a speed of 80kmphr. Only the larger Anbessa city buses and other new buses with similar capacity, which are expected to be introduced after the completion of the BRT roads, will use the BRT lines. Currently the city has 500 daily active and 300 reserve Anbessa city buses.

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New Private Commuter Bus Service to Launch in Capital



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Alliance Transport Services S.C will start providing public transportation services for commuters, as soon as the company receives its permit from the Addis Abeba Road & Transport Bureau.

The company, which was established in 2009 and has 2, 100 shareholders with 35 million Br in paid-up capital, bought 25 buses, at a cost of 36 million Br, before tax. Half of the cost was financed through a loan from Dashen Bank, according to Adil Abdela, chairperson of Alliance’s board of directors.

The Chinabased manufacturer, Xiamen King Long Automotive Industry, delivered the buses two months ago.

Alliancehas submitted a proposal to the city administration, mentioning the routes that it has identified for its services and its suggestions on transportation tariffs, Adil told Fortune.

“The Bureau is discussing the issues based on the company’s proposal,” said Feleke Haile, head of the Addis Abeba City Road & Transport Bureau.

“Alliance is the first and only private city bus to join the sector, so we want to give it due attention, in order to provide the necessary facilities and expertise,” Feleke told journalists at the press conference, held at the Addis Abeba Municipality, on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

The Alliance buses, which have a combined capacity of 2,500 passengers, are expected to deliver transportation services for five different routes in the city, after the city’s transport bureau identifies appropriate locations.

Once established in the sector,Alliance plans to construct modern parking lots in different parts of Addis Abeba, as part of its strategic plan. The buses will have a GPS online tracking system to increase efficiency, according to Adil.

The 25 buses, which have TV sets and air conditioning systems are currently situated in a compound, in Gulele District, until the proposed routes and tariffs are approved by the city administration.

An additional 25 buses will be delivered within a month, according to Adil.
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I haven't lived in a city that has more than one city commuter bus service company. I am surprised they are allowing such competition to enter the market.
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I haven't lived in a city that has more than one city commuter bus service company. I am surprised they are allowing such competition to enter the market.
Istanbul, Turkey has several bus companies operating including a city run company.
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Well, the reason this must be occurring is because of a deficiency in the Anbessa bus service. But when they do implement some sort of magnetic stripe card I hope there will be interoperability.
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I just love this thread.
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ADDIS ABABA TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT

Alliance Private Bus

http://www.diretube.com/semonun-addi...337840336.html

According to EBSTV: Addis Ababa has 3 Million residents. 46% use public transportation, 9% own private cars, the other 45% travel on foot!
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