Dar es Salaam - Tanzania
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Dar es Salaam
Since 2019, Urban Pathways has been working with the City of Dar es Salaam which has a population of 4,3 million inhabitants. Due to rapid urban growth and growing individual motorisation, the transport system in Dar Es Salaam suffers from chronic congestion. This has led Dar es Salaam City Council to introduce a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme in 2016 (named DART). Apart from the BRT, public transport predominantly depends on a large fleet of privately-owned minibuses (so-called dala-dala), which are often not roadworthy and contribute to congestion and air pollution. Also, in areas not served by buses, motorised two- and three-wheeler taxis (Boda boda and Bajaji respectively) are the only publicly available mode of transportation that offer a de-facto public transport service filling a gap in the transport system. Despite these obvious benefits for people’s mobility, the two- and three-wheelers have contributed to increased pollution in the city with the transport sector contributing 57% of the total CO2 emissions from fuel combustion. In this light, Urban Pathways has focused on e-mobility pilots so far, but is aiming to incorporate waste pilots in the future as well. In February 2019, a city representative participated in the e-mobility planning workshop, where the pilot project below was developed and is currently being implemented. Further cooperation possibilities related to the Integration of e-mobility in the waste collection fleet and EcoZone or Organic Waste Treatment pilot would be explored.
It will make electric 3-wheelers appear on the streets of Dar es Salaam for the first time, showcasing the suitability and advantages of electric vehicles.
It will be placed in 4-5 different locations in the city (central/down-town, commercial, residential and sub-urban) to test various types of locations and environments with respect to the usability of electric three-wheelers. This includes BRT stations and terminals that are served by 3-wheeler-taxis already and where e-mobility can easily adapt to the micro-local context and integrate into the existing system. The city centre will become accessible for electric 3-wheelers exclusively.