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Old November 23rd, 2015, 01:44 AM   #101
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So, is Addis Abba's system going to be purely over-ground/ground-level light-rail/trams, or are there plans for a true, metro-style, underground system in the future? If Ethiopia develops like most medium-sized countries have in the past, Addis Abba is likely to end up an enormous primate city; even if investing in a subway isn't realistic now, I hope plans are made to utilize one in the future.
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Old November 23rd, 2015, 07:04 AM   #102
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So, is Addis Abba's system going to be purely over-ground/ground-level light-rail/trams, or are there plans for a true, metro-style, underground system in the future? If Ethiopia develops like most medium-sized countries have in the past, Addis Abba is likely to end up an enormous primate city; even if investing in a subway isn't realistic now, I hope plans are made to utilize one in the future.
The current lines will be extended at each end. The one ending at Menelik II square in an underground station will continue as subway but i guess still use rolling-stock not exceeding 60 metres in length.

There are plans for two completely new lines as stated by Getachew Betru, CEO of Ethiopian Railways Corporation:

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There were plans to further extend the light rail from all four directions to the outskirts of the city. What are the latest developments?
It is still active. We currently have a five-phase study we are proposing to the government. We have accomplished the first phase. The direction from the government for future light rail projects is that the lines should go either underground or over a bridge because land is becoming very expensive. Just to give you an idea, Phase Two includes a line from Giorgis passing along Mexico Square, the African Union headquarters to Jommo then connects to Lebu where there is the national railway network. The entire route will be either underground or over a bridge except for some six hundred meters near the AU where it will go at grade. The other line extends from Megenagna-Bole Airport-Wello Sefer-Saris-Jommo then connects to Lebu. The others include from Ayat to Legetafo, Tor Hailoch to Burayu and from Giorgis to Shiro Meda. The aim is to connect the huge social housing sites as well as industrial areas such as Bole-Lemi industrial park. This all is planned under the second GTP period. A single line is said to provide effective service if it stretches from 15 to 18 kilometers. So, that is the average length of each line and all will be linked to create a network. That means commuters can transfer from one line to another to get to their destination once they are in the railway system. We follow the same path for the national network. I believe a railway network is no longer a luxury for us. We have reached a point of no return in terms of demand for a railway network. And the government is committed to provide the network in an equitable manner. In the next six months we will declare the way Phase Two project will commence.
http://www.thereporterethiopia.com/i...959-ride-along

I illustrated these two new lines:

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Old November 24th, 2015, 04:29 PM   #103
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What about a line from the city center to the Airport?
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Old November 24th, 2015, 11:16 PM   #104
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What about a line from the city center to the Airport?
Peripheral lines like the ones sketched above would be more important at the moment to strengthen the whole network.
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Old November 25th, 2015, 12:30 PM   #105
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Old November 29th, 2015, 03:13 PM   #106
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Old December 10th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #107
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view from lrt



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similar architecture (and just around the corner too!)






here it looks like the building and the lrt ramp are geometrically synchronized.




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Old December 22nd, 2015, 08:27 AM   #108
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Expansion of LRT will commence in 2016

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The Addis Ababa Light Railway Transit (AALRT) will be extended on all four terminal points to reach Legetafo and Gelan towns, to Lebu and Shiro Meda, Arkebe Oqubay, board chairman of Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC) has announced this week.


Arkebe Oqubay (PhD), Special Advisor to the Prime Minister with a minister portfolio and board chairman of Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC), told Capital that the extension of the Addis Ababa Light Railway Transit (AALRT) will commence in 2016. “We have observed that the AALRT is a good way to expand the mass transportation without pollution and we intend to expand it in different phases,” Arkebe said.

Currently, the government is examining the financial input the project will take to embark on the project, and it is also looking for companies that would undertake the project, Arkebe has said.
Capital had recently reported that ERC was negotiating with the Chinese state giant China Railway Group Ltd (CREC) give the expansion work, which is the second phase of the AALRT, to the Chinese company. The company had built the AALRT which became operational at the beginning of the current Ethiopian year, with financing from the Chinese EXIM Bank. The metropolitan tram covers a total distance 16.9km on its North-South line and 17.35km on the East-West line. Sources at CREC told Capital that the Chinese company will facilitate soliciting the finance for the extension of the AALRT project.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had discussed the issue with company officials during his visit to China earlier in this budget year. The second phase of the LRT will have equal length as the first one, which is 34.25km. The first project has consumed USD 475 million.Ethiopia has interest to modernize its mass transportation means, particularly in the capital city, which is seriously cramped by shortage.

About 200,000 commuters use the LRT daily, according to information Ethiopian Railways Corporation has released in the first month of the service commencement. The expansion will extend the AALRT from Ayat to Legetafo, and to Lebu via Alem Bank from Tor Hailoch terminal on the east-west line. The north-south line will also be elongated to Shero Meda from Minilik Square and to Gelan from Kality, respectively. The Lebu and Gelan terminal points will be connected with the national railway line, which is nearing the final stages of construction, that leads to the sea ports in Djibouti from Sebeta, in the West of Addis Ababa.

CREC is also undertaking the 329km Sebeta-Meiso project which is part of the 668km Sebeta-Dewelle railway line that connects Ethiopia with Djibouti. CREC also has interest to start another railway line project that shuttles from Mojo to Hawassa.The second lot of the 339km Meiso-Dire Dawa-Dawelle electric railway project was awarded to another Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Civil Construction Corporation (CCECC). In the current GTP, the government had planned to carryout 2,000km national railway line construction. Out of this, 668km of the Sebeta-Dewelle line was constructed, excluding the AALRT.
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Old December 24th, 2015, 06:41 PM   #109
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Old December 26th, 2015, 02:28 AM   #110
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On Google Earth is possible to see former railway line from southern part of the city to the downtown. On railway land there are some ilegal truck parkings and slums, but the biggest portion of railway corridore is free!

Why it is not taken into consideration for intercity and commuter rail? Why is future intercity railway station placed very far away from city?
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Old December 26th, 2015, 11:59 AM   #111
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On Google Earth is possible to see former railway line from southern part of the city to the downtown. On railway land there are some ilegal truck parkings and slums, but the biggest portion of railway corridore is free!

Why it is not taken into consideration for intercity and commuter rail? Why is future intercity railway station placed very far away from city?
There is a building provision crossing the now finished light rail just short before La Gare (the old rail terminus):



I don't know if there are any plans to refurbish the old rail corridor. In 2007 there was a programme to rehabilitate the old line but it was dropped in favour of a complete new line....
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Old January 9th, 2016, 04:32 PM   #112
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It seems like something is happening with the old railway track leading to the city centre:

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It looks like they have already started replacing the old track in legar station.

and here are some more pic of AALRT:

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wish granted cptjosh, a horizontal video finally featuring several stations .



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Old January 20th, 2016, 06:41 AM   #113
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The newest tram system in Africa, and I think the most modern.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 09:23 PM   #114
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Recently many African cities are making new tramway systems, Addis Ababa tram is the latest addition. This is the most modern tram system I think in the entire African continent.

I like this network for a number of reasons – soothing rolling stock colour scheme, I,e either green or blue with white, aerodynamic body, and completely reserved track. The system is mostly elevated, and even a part is underground, the rest is separated with fence, and raised ballasted track with sleeper, almost like railway system. This ensures high speed tram operating. I think it could be ideal for any new tramway system. Although initial cost for an elevated track is higher, but it is profitable for long term, no question for congestion, and no blaming to tram for creating jam.

Can anybody say my where is the tram depot situated?
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 11:35 PM   #115
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^At the southern and the eastern end, respectivly.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 10:36 AM   #116
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Old January 27th, 2016, 01:26 PM   #117
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The control room of the new $475 million Addis Ababa metro system



On September 21, 2015, Addis Ababa opened the first part of its urban light rail system – the first of its type in sub-Saharan Africa




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Old February 13th, 2016, 11:56 AM   #118
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Addis Ababa LRT map, taken from Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addis_Ababa_Light_Rail

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Old February 14th, 2016, 12:54 AM   #119
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The system is mostly elevated, and even a part is underground, the rest is separated with fence, and raised ballasted track with sleeper, almost like railway system. This ensures high speed tram operating. I think it could be ideal for any new tramway system. Although initial cost for an elevated track is higher, but it is profitable for long term, no question for congestion, and no blaming to tram for creating jam.
The most part of the line is at ground level, not elevated,
Or precisely it is one or two feet above or under ground level, an very hard to cross : see that link to Ethiopia SSC
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...482310&page=76 end of page 76 and beginning of page 77

But some drivers try to cross : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=743
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