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Old April 20th, 2011, 03:19 PM   #21
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HSBC expresses interest in the DART project


A cross-section of participants in the HSBC workshop

The HSBC Bank International based in London has expressed intention to work together with the Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART) project in the procurement of buses and all the machinery required in fare collection.
One of the HSBC’s motives to justify its involvement in the DART project is its long time experience in offering expertise in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects and accessing financing through involving Export Credit Agency (ECA) at affordable cost.
In order for the financial institution to create awareness about its financial services to the government of Tanzania and other private stakeholders in transport sector, HSBC Bank International on March 31, 2011 conducted a half-day workshop at Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar es Salaam specifically highlighting on expertise in ECA and BRT financing.
Elaborating on the role of ECA, HSBC Director in Export Finance, Mr. Graham Smith, said: “ ECAs are government departments of exporting countries, mainly in Europe, the Americas and the Far East which are tasked with promoting exports of equipment or services from their countries”.
Mr. Smith said that normally ECAs strive to simplify transactions for foreign buyers when trying to access credit required to pay for imports of equipment from the ECA’s country.
The Director said, “ECAs normally work with investment banks, such as HSBC in encouraging them to lend by providing them with guarantees covering the borrower’s repayment obligations”.
He gave examples of BRT projects that have gone through ECAs in accessing finances for imports of buses including Rea Vaya (U$43m), Transantago (U$508m in Sweden and Brazil) and Panama City (U$ 197m).
The Director vouched for ECA’s efficiency in BRT project financing by saying that: “ECAs are more familiar with the risks involved in BRT projects than commercial banks and can offer extended tenors, let say, of up to 10 years”.
One of the benefits that ECAs provide to BRT projects is the aspect of offering guarantees which enable banks to provide financing in much larger amounts and for longer periods and at much lower interest rates.
Briefing on the DART progress, the DART Agency Chief Executive Mr. Cosmas Takule pointed out that all the preparatory works for the implementation of DART system had been completed.
Mr. Takule said: “The next step is to hold a Road Show whereby investors will be invited to participate in the project without segregation provided that they adhered to procurement principles.”
The DART works were in August 2010 launched by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. The works are expected to be completed within 24 months after the launch.
The workshop attracted participants from Ministries, Municipal Councils, World Bank and DART Agency.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 03:31 PM   #22
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The buses are brazilians or europeans ?
DART conducts a workshop for cleaner buses and fuels
The Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART) on August 12 conducted a workshop on media campaign for cleaner buses and fuels in a bid to create awareness to the media on the importance of using fuels with little sulphur content.
Euro III Buses that are to be procured by DART in 2010, will require diesel at maximum 500 particulates per million of sulphur as opposed to the current trend that fuels suppliers are importing diesel with 5000 particulates per million which is hazardous to human health.

Contributing to the discussions after the four presentations, the participants who were mainly journalists, unanimously resolved to advocate the campaign for cleaner buses and fuels saying that they were ready to publicise the campaign both in print and electronic media provided they were given support by institutions dealing with cleaner buses and fuels in terms of necessary information on all issues pertaining to cleaner fuels in the country.

The papers that were presented at the workshop include DART project, clean air initiatives by BP Tanzania, regulatory measures to ensure clean and quality transport buses by Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) and cleaner buses and fuels by Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA).


The media campaign for cleaner buses and fuels is run by DART Agency under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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Old April 21st, 2011, 01:15 AM   #23
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Very interesting! I hope we do get cleaner buses than emit less harmful gases.
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Old April 25th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #24
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Any updates on the DART system? If the buses don't spew any fumes to pollute the air, even more big-ups to DART.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 11:01 PM   #25
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Any updates on the DART system? If the buses don't spew any fumes to pollute the air, even more big-ups to DART.
still waiting for phase one Magogoni Terminal to be completed probably in December.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 05:54 AM   #26
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Progress

Kivukoni Terminal

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Old June 13th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #27
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is there a place called morocco in dar essalam?
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Old June 14th, 2011, 04:22 AM   #28
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yes, morocco is a place name in Dar es salaam
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Old June 14th, 2011, 04:12 PM   #29
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ah thanks for the info
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Old June 15th, 2011, 04:49 AM   #30
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Kivukoni Terminal
Great to see this project is U/C. All the other regioal cities will be watching as DSM pulls this mega-project out.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 12:04 PM   #31
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 08:24 PM   #32
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TANZANIA: An Angel of Idealism and the Land of Incessant Revolution. ( AILIR )

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Old June 30th, 2011, 03:52 PM   #33
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This is fantastic!
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 11:13 AM   #34
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Can't wait for this whole DART project takes off, hope it works as planned
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Old September 17th, 2011, 08:49 AM   #35
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Design inception report for DART Phases II and III released

http://www.dart.go.tz/info/view_news...zTitle=Current








Detailed Map of the Gerezani and CBD Area

While the construction of the Dar Rapid Transit (DART) infrastructure phase 1 is underway, a report to begin architectural designs for Phases 2 and 3 whose distance covers 42km was on May 17, 2011 released by Kyong Dong Engineering Co. Ltd of Korea in association with Ambicon Engineerng Ltd of Tanzania.

The task to be carried out by the two companies is to prepare a detailed design of the two phases from which three components would be covered. The clusters for design include the infrastructure, the network plans and the organizational and institutional management plan.

The inception report indicates that the Phase 2 DART corridor is along Kilwa Road with a total of 19.3km from the city centre to Mbagala area while Phase 3 DART corridor is situated along Nyerere Road with a total of 23.6km from Gongolamboto to Kariakoo area.

Kilwa Road, according to the report, has two lanes in each direction with a central median enough to accommodate the proposed 2 lanes two way Rapid Transit bus Lanes. On the other hand, Nyerere Road is 2 lane 1 way from the Old Post office to Mnazimmoja and there after it is dual carriageway, 2 lane each direction to Airport area.

In August 2010, the President of Tanzania, His Execellency Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete officiated at the inauguration ceremony of DART project infrastructure development at Kivukoni Front where the construction of a Terminal is continuing. Other Terminals that are already under construction include Feeder Stations at Shikilango and Mwinyijuma along Morogoro Road and Kawawa Road, respectively


Phase 2: Kilwa Rd



Phase 3
Nyerere Rd


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Old November 9th, 2011, 09:52 AM   #36
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a lot of progress at magomeni and shekilango someone can take some good photos

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Old November 9th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #37
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VISITORS GET ADVICE ON BRT
Monday, 17 October 2011

Over the next few years, Dar es Salaam will be building its own Bus Rapid Transit system, and it sent a delegation to get some advice and input from Joburg.

SUCCESSES, advice and best practice on the road to Rea Vaya were discussed with a delegation from Dar es Salaam, which is setting up its own Bus Rapid Transit system.

The Tanzanian city, the economic centre of the country as well as its richest city, has a population of more than 2,6 million. Its BRT system is already in the planning stage, with a completion date set for 2015.

Jacques van Zijl, the Rea Vaya project manager, and Charles Block, the director of infrastructure, met the delegation at the Johannesburg Roads Agency offices in the inner city. According to the group, the aim of the tour was to build lines of communication between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam.

They were here to learn about Joburg's urban transport policy, to learn about easing urban transport issues, discuss the challenges faced by Dar es Salaam, and find practical applications to adopt from Johannesburg.


Operators answer questions from delegates on how they communicate with bus drivers on different routes.

Among the visitors was the city's project manager for its BRT, Ladislaus Bigambo, and Jumble Katala, the transportation and planning manager for Dar Rapid Transit Agency.

Van Zijl spoke about the implementation of Rea Vaya, giving a history from its beginning up until the last stage of the first phase. Block took them through the processes of developing infrastructure and answered questions about the choice of designs.


The Dar es Salaam delegates in a presentation on how to implement the Bus Rapid Transport system.
The Tanzanians asked why air conditioners were not installed at the stations. In reply, Block said it was expensive to maintain air conditioners and people were often not satisfied. Some wanted them to be switched off while others wanted them to be switched on.

Stations used natural lighting and natural ventilation to moderate temperature.

There were also some words of advice to encourage the Tanzanians to avoid the mistakes that had been made in Joburg, which had had to learn the hard way. Van Zijl encouraged them to build a specialised road dedicated to the system, as the buses were heavier than normal.

In Johannesburg, Rea Vaya had dedicated lanes, mostly in the middle of the road. Block said this was an advantage because Joburgers tended to damage the road.

The visitors also learned how the system operates. Van Zijl explained that the City designed and built all infrastructures, such as depots, roads and installed control centre in the JRA building. Private contractors managed the ticketing system, cash collection and station management.

Security was among the matters discussed. Van Zijl said that through the control centre, it was possible to see everything that was happening in each station as they had CCTV cameras.

To ensure effective service, commuters received route planning information and demand was monitored at stations so that more buses could be sent to those stations where there were many commuters.

Through the control centre, the City also communicated with station management and with passengers at stations through messaging signage and verbally.

The control centre also operated automatic vehicle locators that used GPS (global positioning system) to track buses; a driver management system to manage drivers' handling of the buses; as well as scheduling systems for drivers, their buses and operators.

Also on the agenda during the visit, which took place on 11 October, was a discussion about working with the 10 taxi associations affected by the Phase 1A routes.

Some 585 minibus taxis were displaced by the route. They were scrapped, and in return their owners got shares in the company that operates Phase 1A, PioTrans.

Van Zijl said that when the phase was launched there were a lot of challenges. Some minibus taxi associations resisted the system and embarked on a protest, but issues were later resolved.

A visit was also undertaken to the control centre, where some of the visitors' questions were answered by operators at the centre. They also showed the delegation how the control centre worked.

One of the operators allowed one of the visitors to communicate with a bus driver who was on his way from Soweto. Questions they asked of the control centre operators included, how did they see if a bus was late and what happened when heavy traffic caused delays.

The operator said that their control room is right next to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Division (JMPD) control room and in the case of heavy traffic they report to the division who then rush to the location to serve as points men to ease the traffic.

To conclude their tour, the visitors took a ride on a Rea Vaya bus to some of the biggest stations, like Soccer City station that is next to Africa's largest stadium, FNB Stadium.

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Old November 10th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #38
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Nice to see some progress on this,

Any updates on the station being built around Kivukoni ?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 07:06 PM   #39
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The progress is amazing. I am so excited for Dar's new look.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 08:40 PM   #40
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