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Old December 16th, 2015, 05:29 PM   #1
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Old December 16th, 2015, 05:34 PM   #2
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From Rail Journal:

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Uganda and China sign Kampala light rail MoU
Wednesday, December 16, 2015



THE governments of Uganda and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of a light rail network in the Ugandan capital Kampala

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation will construct the initial 35km phase, which has an estimated budget of Shillings 1.5 trillion ($US 440m)

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Looking over success of Addis Ababa LRT, more and more African countries are willing to build their LRTs in their cities. But I'm not sure about this one
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Old December 16th, 2015, 09:03 PM   #4
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2016 is election year so the current administration did come out with a great proposal for a $440 million expensive and 35-km extensive Light Rail system. They signed a MoU with CCECC and the chinese ambassador promised financing.

Here are some specs from the brochure

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The project will be phased with the first (immediate) phase covering about 35 Km
and costing about USD 500 million. The proposed first (immediate) phase routes to be operational by 2020 will include:

Kampala-Namanve via Nakawa, Kinawataka, Banda, Kireka and Bweyogerere (12km)

Kampala-Lubowa via Kibuye, Najjanankumbi and Zana (7 Km);

Kampala-Kyengera via Katwe, Kibuye, Ndeeba, Nalukolongo and Natete (7 Km)

Kampala-Kawempe via City Square, Buganda Road, Wandegeya, Mulago, Kubbiri and Bwaise (9 Km).


The technical and operational features seem to be derived from the successful system in Addis built by CREC. I hope they will opt for longer vehicles though (If this will ever be built.)

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Salient operational features
Capacity, 15,000 passengers per hour per direction
Train capacity, 350 passengers (65 seated & 285 standing)
Train interval, 5-10 minutes (at full operating capacity) (long intervals and small vehicles)
Travel classes, three (first, upper and economy) to attract middle and high-income ridership (They seem to think think mass transit works like Long Distance Passenger Trains in 19th century Britain)
Tariff, based on travel class and distance
Base fare, not to exceed UGX 500 for short rides (For this u can't even get a Matatu to honk at u)
Ticketing method, both pre-paid and on-board
Service principle, maximum safety and comfort
Operating time, 5:00 am to 11:30pm
Traction, electric for better operational efficiency, lower operating & maintenance cost, and no emissions (compared to diesel traction)
Train sets, 40 No for first phase
Operator, private sector or government
Total expected passengers per day for all routes, 720,000 persons

Technical specifications

Track gauge, Standard Gauge (1.435m)
Number of tracks, two (double line)
Gradient, 5% (maximum)
Curvature, 30m radius (minimum) (This could be a potential imitating feature since a curve radius as small like this would only allow short train-sets at low speeds to operate on them)
Traction, electric 750V DC overhead
Right-of-way width, 9-15m
Design life, 60 years
Speed, 80 Kph (maximum)
Train set length, 30m (In Addis train-sets can be 60 m long if coupled. I also like to see them to squash three classes into one small train-set . 30m is definitely to short)
Inter-station distance, 0.5 - 2.0 Km

Concluding question: Is this just a pipe dream?

I would argue if the Ugandan gov is really hell-bent on executing this project it could manage to do it. Entebbe Expressway is in the same price category as well as numerous road projects up-country. Karuma dam which is under construction is almost four times as expensive. CCECC does have the ill-fated Lagos Mass Transit in its portfolio and I wonder why they did not pursue CREC which successfully constructed Addis Light Rail. I guess the choice to take short vehicles is due to the curve radii on the Kawempe corridor but I hope they will get longer ones for the other three corridors since they are not limited like the Kawempe one.
Either M7 did cash on some serious China mula or we might never hear of this project again...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ktyixf2RQ0

the project was announced just a few months before presidential elections and I thought we would never hear about it afterwards but apparently I was wrong (which is good btw...)...
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Some of the features considered for the trains are:

- Total route length for Light Rail Mass Transit will be 240km implemented in phases beginning with 45kms
- Capacity: 15,000 passengers per hr per direction.
- Passenger train capacity: 350 passengers (65 seated and 285 standing)
- Operating time times for passenger trains will be from 5:00am to 11:30pm.
- Passenger Train interval: 5-10 minutes (at full operating capacity).
- Train base fare won't exceed UGX 500 for short rides. This will attract many people hence less congestion on our roads.
- Passenger trains will have travel classes to attract middle and high income ridership hence less cars on road.
- Passenger trains will be of electric traction for better efficiency, lower operating costs & maintenance and NO EMISSIONS.
- Total passengers per day for all routes are expected to be 720,000 persons. At full capacity, our roads will be less congested.



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