ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 13, 2017 (ENS) – Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, a city of at least 3.4 million residents, is poised to build the first bus rapid transit line in east Africa. Construction is currently estimated to start later this year after a planning process that began in 2015.

Ethiopia secured a US$50 million loan from the French Development Institute for the project in April 2015.

The bureau signed an agreement with the French company, SAFEGE SA, and two local contractors for design and construction of the BRT line in a city where some 60 percent of the populations now walks to their destinations.

Construction will begin with the 16 kilometer Wingate–Jemo route. Addis Ababa’s bus operator Sheger Express says rapid buses are expected to arrive at stations every two to three minutes.

Based on Addis Ababa’s Master Plan, seven bus rapid transit lines will be built by 2030, engineer Fekade Azeze, general manager of Addis Ababa Roads Authority, told the “Africa Business Forum.”

Addis Ababa officials are comfortable with being first on transportation breakthroughs. In 2015, the city launched the first Light Rail Transit in sub-Saharan Africa.

Addis Ababa is a member of the C40 Cities Network, a group of 90 of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.

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