At least 800 buses are set to switch to natural gas in Tanzania in a move to reduce the fuel bill. Speaking to The East African, Mr. Kapuulya Musomba, Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) acting director-general said, "Experts have told us that the use of natural gas would save between 30 to 50 percent of what one spends on fuel. We, therefore, agreed that all Dart buses should use natural gas. This will also help cut fares significantly."
It is an impressive move showcasing the power of the synergy between the government and the technologically progressive sectors of the State. In fact, The University of Dar es Salaam the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology will be in charge of installing the systems which are going to cost between USD700 and USD800 depending on vehicle size. The DART system was already a masterstroke but this new move to make transport services affordable is the icing on an already sweet cake. Tanzanian minds have been working on over-drive.
The Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit system (DART) was launched in 2016 to provide transportation services in the Tanzanian capital. The system was so successful that it was awarded the Sustainable Transport Award. It was a first for an African city. The DART is a full-fledged Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) with capacity buses, dedicated lanes and non-mortalised lanes. The Tanzanian government worked in collaboration with the World Bank to create the current system which has been lauded for its efficiency, low emissions, building public-private partnerships among many other benefits.
The next phases of the DART are coming and the system will continue breaking new ground for the continent and the world. Everyone is now taking notes as the system continues to improve.
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