Senegal has achieved a historic milestone by inaugurating the first-ever all-electric Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Sub-Saharan Africa, transforming urban transport in Dakar.
In a ceremony, Prime Minister Amadou Ba praised the initiative as a symbol of Senegal’s commitment to modernizing infrastructure and fostering innovation. Prime Minister Ba stated, “This project is not just about modern infrastructure; it signifies a major leap in innovation for our nation.”
The ambitious Dakar BRT project, spanning 18.3 kilometers, includes 23 strategically located bus stations and three central hub transfer stations. Constructed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the project represents international cooperation.
The fleet of all-electric buses, a pioneering aspect of the initiative, was provided by the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation. Huang Fei, the project manager of CRBC, highlighted the transformative impact of the BRT system on Dakar’s commuting, stating, “With the launch of this system, travel time from Dakar’s outskirts to the heart of the city will be slashed by half, greatly enhancing urban mobility.”
In addition to contributing to infrastructural development, the project has generated significant employment opportunities. Huang emphasized, “During the construction phase, the project generated employment for 1,500 individuals. Upon operationalization, it is anticipated to offer over 1,000 job opportunities, further bolstering the local economy.”
Senegal’s introduction of the all-electric BRT network marks a crucial stride toward sustainable and efficient urban transportation in the region, promising improved connectivity and economic growth through job creation.
The project’s completion aligns with Senegal’s vision for a progressive and environmentally conscious transportation system, setting an example for other African nations to embrace innovative solutions for urban mobility challenges.