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Private sector to run DART - Official

Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, the DART Acting Director of Systems and Operations, John Shauri, said plans to find those in the private sector to manage the project are underway.

“We are in the process of finding the transaction advisor towards finding the required sectors to manage the project,” he said adding that the administrators would be found through tenders to be advertised in and outside the country.

The project, to be completed in 2015, will have bus operators, ticketing operators and fund manager. “All the three areas will be managed by different administrators (private sectors),” he said.

Some 30 per cent of the project has been completed. Mr Shauri said the administrators to win the tenders will be required to invest 100 million US dollars for purchase of rapid transit buses and the system to manage the collection and saving of fees.

On the other hand, Mr Shauri said DART in collaboration with other stakeholders are in the process of setting up a Daladala Transition Policy Framework that would allow commuter bus owners to own shares in the project.

“We are organizing to hold a special meeting with commuter bus owners as a way of encouraging them to come up as company for them to buy shares in the management of the rapid transit buses,” he said.

He said that some 1,600 commuter buses would be transferred from Morogoro road into other roots after the completion of the first phase of the project scheduled to end next year.

In line with that, owners of the private vehicles will be restricted from using their cars as a way of controlling traffic jams during the operation of rapid transit buses.

“Policies to guide against such drivers would be set up to control private cars from interfering with the busses,” said DART Acting Director of Transport and Transportation Mr Hassan Uledi.

The rapid transit buses are expected to ease traffic jams thereby accommodating passengers. “The buses will be purchased according to the needs of the passengers,” he said adding that the buses would be of best quality compared to private cars.




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