Dar sets the pace for East Africa with rapid bus transit system
Saturday May 14 2016
Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit buses are providing transport for the city’s five million people. The 2017/18 proposed budget has ambitious goals of expanding the infrastructural base. PHOTO | EMMANUEL HERMAN
The dilapidated privately owned mini-buses and vans, known as daladala, will be relegated to the outskirts of the commercial city, as the fleet of Chinese-built Golden Dragon buses takes over the city’s major streets and trunk roads.
The service, which is expected to serve more than 300,000 passengers a day, is equipped with 39 buses, each 18 metres long with a capacity of 150 passengers, and 101 others, 12 metres long, carrying 80 passengers each. They run on special lanes built in the middle of normal roads, converging in the central business district.