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    3 October, 2014
New transit system for 2017
Maputo, 3 Oct (AIM) – Maputo Municipal Council has announced that it expects work on dedicated bus lanes in some of the city’s major thoroughfares to begin in August 2015, and the first buses in the new system to begin operating in January 2017.

Engineers have been concluding geotechnical studies of the route, in order to ascertain the quality of the paving and top layers of the roads concerned.

Chaide Liace, an engineer of the Brazilian company Ordebrecht, told reporters that samples were being taken from the asphalt paving of the roads and would be submitted to laboratory tests. Only when the current condition of the roads was known could a detailed engineering plan be drafted,

Liace said that, even before the laboratory tests, it was clear that at least one of the main roads that will take the bus lanes, Eduardo Mondlane Avenue, will need considerable improvement, because the current road surface is “superficial and simple”.

The Bus Rapid Transit (NRT) scheme involves two bus lanes (one in either direction) in the centre of the road.

The investment required is put at US$225 million – US$180 million will come from Brazil, while the remaining $45 million will come from the coffers of Maputo Council.

The first bus line will run from the outer Maputo suburb of Magoanine to the central railway station in Praca dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Square), a distance of about 17 kilometres. According to Joao Matlombe, the city councillor for transport, 63 buses, each with a capacity to hold 140 passengers will operate on the line. He expected the journey time from Magoanine to Praca dos Trabalhadores to be cut from two hours to 30 minutes.

A second BRT line is planned to run from the central station to the neighbourhood of ZImpeto, a distance of almost 20 kilometres.

On both routes there will be bus stops (looking more like train or metro stations than conventional bus stops) in the middle of the road. On either side of these stops will be the two dedicated bus lanes.

An electronic ticketing system will be used – which means that the tickets will be issued at the bus stops and not on the buses.

One major implication of the BRT scheme is that once these routes are complete, the privately owned minibuses (known as “chapas”), which currently provide much of Maputo’s passenger transport, will no longer be allowed into the centre of the city Instead they will operate feeder routes taking the passengers to the BRT bus stops or terminals.

The BRT lines are an outcome of a master plan for Maputo transport which points out that the traffic capacity of Maputo arterial roads is already saturated at peak hours. It warns that, if no additional investments are made, congestion can only worsen.
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