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Green for go in Tanzania!

iRAP’s project work in Tanzania on behalf of the World Bank for the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) has got off to a flying start.

AfricaRAP lead, Racheal Nganwa, joined staff from Tanzania’s Ministry of Work, Transport and Communication (pictured right) for the first phase of a 300km road assessment. Approximately 100km of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the Tanzanian Capital of Dar-Es-Salaam will be assessed by iRAP by September 2018. Phase 1 of the 6-Phase BRT system project has already been built and will be subject to a baseline assessment and the unbuilt section will be assessed through the design plans, considering its interaction with the road infrastructure.

‘The project will demonstrate how the BRT affects the safety of the existing roads,’ said Racheal. ‘We will develop a Safer Road Investment Plan to improve the BRT design to make it even safer as necessary and ensure the pedestrian journeys to the public transport stops are 3-star or better where possible.''

The remaining 200km of Tanzanian roads to be assessed as part of the BIGRS project are still to be decided.

BIGRS funding has been allocated to 10 cities and five countries. iRAP will also be undertaking capacity building in country to enable the local road agencies to embed RAPs in the Tanzanian road maintenance and design process.

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