Tanzania has unveiled a plan to transform public transportation in the capital city, Dar es Salaam, by reviving the near nonexistent commuter railway service.
State-owned Reli Holding Company Limited (Rahco) says it intends to bring on board an independent operator to implement the expansion, modernisation and operation of the railway network.
Rahco is, thus, seeking for eligible firms, companies, investors, consortiums or transport operators to redevelop and operate the existing network.
The operator will need to upgrade some 32 km of existing rail lines, which cross various busy areas and suburbs in the city, terminating in the central business district. The network within the city traverses from the Dar es Salaam main railway station to Ubungo Maziwa (about 12 km) and to Pugu station (about 20 km).
“Dar es Salaam city, with a population of over four-million, is currently facing a serious problem of traffic congestion, particularly during rush hours,” Rahco said in a statement, adding that public transport solutions will be required as the city continues to expand.
The new operator will be expected to rehabilitate and upgrade the existing track lines and improve the telecommunications and signalling systems. It will also need to develop associated infrastructure, such as passenger termi- nals, pedestrian flyovers and crossings.
The operator will be expected to supply and run appropriate locomotive and passenger coaches maintenance facil-ities, marketing, ticketing and financial management, while fostering partnerships with the business community.
The train service project is part of a larger master plan for the capital, dubbed the Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit Project.