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The City’s transportation office, with the support of the Agence France de Development (AFD) will float an international bid to study a pilot program to establish a rapid transit bus service.
Tiblets Asgedom, head of the Transport Bureau of the Addis Ababa City Administration, told Capital that the first line will be 12 Km from Gofa Gabriel to General Winget TVET School. The City agreed with Monaco city, France, to implement the rapid bus transfer. According to Tiblets, the project is expected to begin after the study is finished.
The city will help form a joint committee to select one company for the study and another for the project, said Tiblets.
“When this is finished we plan similar projects in six corridors of the city which we will disclose in due course, right now the pilot program is just getting started,” she explained.
Public transportation in the city is becoming a pressing problem particularly during rush hour. The state owned Anbesa City Bus, private minibus taxis and medium buses are the primary means of transportation for many of the four million people in the metropolis.
A private bus firm, Alliance Transport Service, plans to begin service in April 2012.
Even with more buses, the increasing population means transportation will remain an issue to tackle for the foreseeable future. Hence the government is working on plans for not only rapid bus transit services but light rail too.