DART braces for transit oriented development

While the Dar Rapid Transit (DART) Agency is entering a fourth year of bus operations in phase one and that it has started managing the construction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure of phase two that goes to Mbagala along Kilwa Road, the Agency is currently making arrangements to engage business people who can invest along DART corridor in all phases so as to provide social services to people living close to the system and providing aesthetic aspect along the corridor.

In order to materialize the endeavor, the Agency has invited key stakeholders from both public and private sector to grab any possible opportunity that will enable different investors to run businesses along the DART corridor.

Citing one of the investments that can be done as part of transit oriented development (TOD) along the corridor, the DART Agency Chief Executive, Eng. Ronald Lwakatare, said, “One of the TOD businesses can be hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, park and ride facilities, to mention a few.”

Eng. Lwakatare added that DART project, apart from depending on bus fare as part of its revenue, the Agency through TOD can augment its income when people invest along BRT as is done in other countries.

Apart from having businesses along the corridor, the Chief Executive said, “proper implementation of TOD normally makes cities look much more beautiful than when there is no TOD. Those wishing to invest along the BRT corridor normally are advised to enact infrastructure that are designed by experts which at the end makes the corridor look presentable.”

The Chief Executive further said that in order for the TOD to take off in a flourishing way in Dar es Salaam, DART Agency in collaboration with other stakeholders has started creating awareness to invite all possible investors to come to the city to inject their capitals for the benefit of the would-be investors, municipal councils and the DART project.

Proposing as to when the maiden workshop on TOD be conducted in the near future, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Representative in Tanzania, Yoshida Hayakazu revealed to DART team on February 10, 2020 that JICA Tanzania will on February 26, 2020 facilitate a one day workshop followed by a site visit in the DART corridor on February 27, 2020.

Mr. Hayakazu mentioned one of the aims of the workshop is to expedite discussion and raise attention among stakeholders on TOD in the city of Dar es Salaam apart from sharing experiences of experts from other countries that are implementing TOD.

The workshop whose venue has not yet been specified will be attended by participants from DART Agency, TANROADS, Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC), Ministry of Works and Transport Communication, and Presidents Office: Regional Administration and Local Government, and development partners such as World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB); and AFD, a French based bank.