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Old September 5th, 2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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ACCRA | Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System | Approved



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Mott MacDonald has been involved in a variety of projects in Accra, Ghana for many years. Since 2008 we have been involved in the design and planning of a new bus rapid transit (BRT) pilot scheme.

The BRT will serve a radial arterial route running from the outskirts of Accra to the central business district. It is expected to service over 12,000 peak hour passenger journeys per direction of travel with bus frequencies of 120 buses per hour at peak periods. New large buses will replace the existing small buses in the corridor and the overall travel time is expected to be 25 minutes compared with over an hour today.

Mott MacDonald has been responsible for developing an operating plan for BRT services and then designing the infrastructure to facilitate the BRT operation. Producing a design which accommodates the new BRT scheme in a mature, developed urban area with serious traffic congestion has been a challenge. Major junctions have been modelled and redesigned.

Many of these junctions have complex layouts and suffer from serious congestion problems throughout the day. Our design work has been through the Road Safety Audit process and we have adapted the design to maintain safety but also to produce an efficient new public transport system.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 05:33 AM   #2
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Good. Far smarter than that monorail.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 05:48 AM   #3
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Indeed, though one thing I like about Accra it is that is really trying to have a developed Urban Transport system to try and easy traffic on the congested roads. Smart. Especially for foreign investment.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 07:45 PM   #4
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Nice...Less costly than that proposed monorail...Btw, is the Monorail project still on?
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Old September 21st, 2011, 10:19 PM   #5
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The good thing is that if the project is successful, the ROW (if separated from traffic) could be used to build a LRT network.
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Old November 13th, 2011, 02:41 AM   #6
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people need to stop disparaging the monorail system. it will work. the BRT wont be enough to ease congestion level so an acceptable rate so it makes sense to couple it with the monorail. it is also the most viable rail network considering the way accra is built and laid out.
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Old November 13th, 2011, 01:41 PM   #7
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people need to stop disparaging the monorail system. it will work. the BRT wont be enough to ease congestion level so an acceptable rate so it makes sense to couple it with the monorail. it is also the most viable rail network considering the way accra is built and laid out.
it wont, its neither cost effective and a monorail system will not carry a large volume of customers. better a light railway/commuter conventional train/BRT combination.
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Old December 28th, 2011, 02:32 AM   #8
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it is a very good plan

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it wont, its neither cost effective and a monorail system will not carry a large volume of customers. better a light railway/commuter conventional train/BRT combination.
it will my brother, only one thing can not help accra with the traffic a monorail is a good choice believe me, monorail countries has solved the same problems but indeed brt is better but that does not mean that monorail is not good
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Old January 5th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #9
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Is it or isn't it?

This thread was started in September and to date there has been no further announcements regarding the BRT in the local press.

Does anybody know if this is actually going ahead or was it just hot air (again)?
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Old February 18th, 2012, 09:28 PM   #10
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I'm going to conclude that this is U/C


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The Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr. Alfred Vanderpuije, has urged contractors of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) construction work on the Graphic Road in Accra, to speedily work towards the completion of the project, to reduce congestion on that stretch.

According to him, though he was impressed with the steady progress of the project, 'Right now, it is also creating congestion, with respect to traffic, so the earlier we finish it, the better it will be for community use.'

He commended the contractors, Gansu Overseas Engineering Corporation, for the work done so far, but reiterated the need to work within schedule to provide the dedicated lanes for the BRT operation.

The Accra Mayor was speaking on Monday during an inspection of the BRT project site, which the Government of Ghana is implementing, from Kasoa to Accra, under the urban transport project, and supported by the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank, the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) of France.

The BRT is a bus-based mass transit system expected to deliver fast, comfortable, and cost effective urban mobility, through the provision of exclusive right-of-way lanes.

Dr. Vanderpuije continued that the bus-stop in the area of the construction site needed to be expanded, so that buses and other commercial vehicles would have enough space to load and off-load passengers, as well as a passage for use by pedestrians.

Also, he said, 'There is some work that needs to be done with the Odaw River, and this is the dry season, therefore, this is the time to do it quickly, before the rains come.'

The Resident Engineer on site, Mr. Michael Lear, said work was expected to be completed by August 2012, saying, 'I believe it will be finished by the target time.'

In terms of cost, he pointed out: 'Since we started, the final value has been much the same, which is about twelve million dollars,' adding that they were working to expand the bus-stop area to two lanes, to provide commuters on the stretch easy access.

According to him, anytime they needed to close a portion of the road or lane, they provided adequate information through the media, and 'If we are forced to close altogether, then we will find alternative routes.'

The Accra Mayor took the opportunity to inspect progress of work on the Dansoman Emmanuel Sahara-Exhibition-roundabout road, where he also expressed satisfaction at the level of work done.

The application of bitumen has started on one side of the road, and one kilometre of that side of the road is expected to be ready for motorists to use as a dual carriageway in a to-and-fro manner, while the other stretch receives bitumen.

The Mayor said it was his expectation that by the end of October all the slabs that would make it possible for motorists from the other side of the road to join the bitumen-ready lane would be in place, as well as the pedestrian walk-ways.

He added that there would be the erection of street lights in the median, and new drains that would ensure a further expansion of the road to make it a double lane on both sides, saying, 'We hope that when all is done, from the roundabout to the southern roundabout will all be done fully for the use of the communities.'

He observed that construction of the drains, which necessitated the demolition of some structures in the area to link the drains to the Chemu River, had been part of the reasons for the delay in the entire project, but it was the right thing to do, once and for all.

'This is a major development in the Dansoman area, and now when it rains, the water-logged area will not see any standing water, and so the community should be pleased,' he said, adding, 'We know this work has been delayed, but we are making progress.

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Ghana: First Phase of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to Commence in July
BY BERNICE BESSEY, 30 JANUARY 2014

The first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the Amasaman to the Central Business District (CBD) corridor is expected to start on 1st July, this year, the Chief Executive of Accra Metropolitan (AMA), Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije says.

Although the BRT was in four phases: Amasaman -CBD, Adenta-CBD, Kasoa-CBD and Tema through the Beach the Amasaman to the Central Business District, commuters from Amasama and its environs would be the first to enjoy the new transport reforms.

Dr. Vanderpuije announced this at a press conference organised by the Steering Committee on Urban Transportation in Accra (SCUTA), attended by Chief Executives of the 13 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and various transport operators representatives in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA).

The press conference was also to harmonize Trotro (bus) and Taxi Stickers and update on quality bus service on the Amasama-Tutu Corridor.

Even though there were several controversies over the new transport reforms when it was first announced in October last year, the Mayor was of the view that the initiative would address the numerous challenges faced by commuters in Accra and its surrounding communities.

Since infrastructure improvements alone would not yield the necessary benefits, the intended reforms are holistically addressing the institutional, regulatory and industry challenges experienced, he said.

As the Road Traffic Regulations (LI2180) required every transport operator to register and operate under appropriate and stipulated condition, the mayor then charged all urban public transportation services to acquire operating permits from the local Assemblies.

"This means that every transport group must register drivers and vehicles with the local assembly where their loading station is located," he said.

He stated that the Local Government Service was assisting the assemblies in this course while the 13 SCUTA members which comprise of the AMA, Ga East Muncipal Assembly (GEMA), Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKDA), La Dadekotopon Municipal (LaDMA), Tema Municipal Assembly (TMA), Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly (ASEMA), and Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (Ashma).

The rest are La Nkwantanan Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA), Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA), Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly, Ga South Municipal Assembly (GSMA), Ga Central Municipal Assembly (GCMA) and Adentan Municipal Assembly (AdMA) have agreed to set up central passenger transport in the metropolis.

"The public transport infrastructure is being improved by providing dedicated bus stops, terminals, bus lanes and the required enforcement measures to ensure that the current long journey times experienced during peak hours are reduced substantially," the Mayor added.

He indicated that since last October, enforcement activities resulted in the registration of 40 new taxi and trotro groups, with a total membership of 1,365 drivers: "this bring to 544 the total number of registered taxi and trotro groups in GAMA".

During the enforcement exercise, a total of 21 unapproved stations were closed down across GAMA, while 19 unregistered stations regularized their activities and were issued with operating permits and 11 others were relocated first before being issued with operating permits.

"We are calling on all interested parties, stakeholders and the operators to support in making the urban sector efficient, effective, safe, reliable and profitable," Dr. Vanderpuije appealed.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 10:21 PM   #12
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Excellent, this is a lot better than the crazy monorail idea that they had.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:26 PM   #13
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The monorail was a bogus scam project.

BRT is a good start. But i also want to see a suburban rail/lightrailway network
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