City Roads Auth. Receives Final Bus Rapid Transit Design


Finance from France implements model adopted from Brazil



The Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA) receives the finalised design of 12km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines which connect Gofa Gebriel to Winget and create dedicated lanes that can enable city buses transport passengers quickly and efficiently to their destination while offering flexibility to meet transit demand.


The 12km bus rapid transit (BRT) line, which connects gofa gebriel to general winget school is expected to give relief for the transportation problem the city faces currently.

The Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA) receives the finalised design of 12km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines which connect Gofa Gebriel to Winget and create dedicated lanes that can enable city buses transport passengers quickly and efficiently to their destination while offering flexibility to meet transit demand.

The 12km BRT line is the first phase of the seven city wide lines the authority planned to construct. The  the phase starts from Gofa Gebriel (Nifas Silk Lafto district) and goes through Kera, Teklehaymanot, Anwar mosque, Mercato (Addis Ketema District), Pasteur to General Winget School (Gullele District), connecting the three districts with 12km of total coverage and the design was planned to give relief for the expanding transportation problem in the city in congruence with the light rail road, according to Fekade Haile (Eng.), general manager of the the AACRA.

Construction of the roads, which will take two to three years will be financed by a loan gained from the government ofFranceand it will be launched in the current fiscal year, said Fekade.

The BRT model that AACRA is implementing in Addis Abeba is said to be adopted fromBrazil. The design includes construction of new highways and upgrading of old roads to 25m to 40m width. The roads will have seven pedestrian overpasses and bus stops at every 500m to 700m difference.

The BRT lines will be constructed in between the normal two -sided roads constructed for other vehicles. The lines will have no traffic stoppages, while the buses will have a speed of 80kmphr.

Only the larger Anbessa city buses and other new buses with similar capacity, which are expected to be introduced after the completion of the BRT roads, will use the BRT lines.  Currently the city has 500 daily active and 300 reserve Anbessa city buses.

After winning the tender for the design and supervision for four projects under the name ‘’package-23’’ with 2.5 million Br, Beza Consultant Engineers Plc has started the designing before a year. The BRT project is one of the four packages the authority floated tender for in August 2011. The company also submitted the designs of Bisrate Gebriel square-Mekanisa-Abo, western Lebu-Akaki-Ayat and northern Lebu-Akaki-Ayat  normal road projects, according to Giday  G. Egziabher, managing director  and major shareholder of Beza.

Beza Consultant Engineers Plc was established in July 2003, at a registered capital of a little over one million Birr contributed by four members of the family of Geday G. Egziabher.

Previously the company has done the designing and supervision of Megenagna-Kebena bridge-Menilik and Total-Bisrate Gebriel-Dessie Hotel highway projects.



By ASHENAFE ENDALE
SPECIAL TO FORTUNE

Published on Nov 04, 2012 [ Vol 13 ,No 653]


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