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Foreign firm eyes to design DART management system


A Japanese based consultant firm in Dar es Salaam has expressed interest in introducing a modern technology that would integrate information management system and state of the art transit oriented development (TOD) model that could easily make the implementation of the Dar Rapid Transit (DART) more viable.

This was disclosed on February 14 this year by a Japanese engineering consultant firm commissioned by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to conduct a survey for Dar es Salaam urban transport on how best information system and TOD can be managed when implementing the DART project.

Highlighting on the management of traffic flow in the city, Eng. Satoshi Mizuno from EJEC, a Japanese consulting firm, said that upon the end of the survey a best way of managing traffic flow would be recommended to replace the existing system which sometimes uses traffic police to control traffic flow at road intersections especially during peak hours.

He was of the opinion that using traffic police at road junctions to control traffic flow was improper as it can just create unnecessary delays to some road users due to some inherent human errors.

“The output of the survey will be able also to show how TOD can benefit different city stakeholders apart from making the city look presentable”, he said.

The DART project which is implemented in six phases, is currently on managing bus operations in phase one which covers 20.9 kilometers with five bus terminals and 27 bus stations from Kimara to Kivukoni along Morogoro Road, from Magomeni to Morocco along Kawawa Road and from Fire bus station to Gerezani along Msimbazi street.

The DART Agency has also started managing the infrastructure development of phase two that goes to Mbagala along Kilwa Road which covers 20.3 kilometers. The Agency also has completed compensation of people affected property in phase three which goes to Gongolamboto on Nyerere Road.