Model of Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Report of a BRT System Project

Introduction

The Bus Rapid Transit System or BRT is designed to lessen traffic congestion in urban centers as well as decrease travel time from one point to the next therefore increasing productivity in all sectors of the society such as: social sector and economic sector among others.

In this post, Earthniversity shares the Final Report as of February 14, 2015 of the Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit System Project which is also known as DART or  Dar es Salaam Rapid Transit.

“Dar es Salaam, is located on a natural harbour on the Eastern Indian Ocean coast of Africa, about 45 km (28 mi) south of the island of Zanzibar. The city is the main port of entry to Tanzania and the transportation hub of the country.  Dar es Salaam has a population of more than 4.3 million people living in its metropolitan area (Dar es Salaam Region). Spoken languages are English (official) and Swahili (national).

Source:

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/google_map_Dar_es_Salaam.htm

Aerial photo of Dar es Saalam City, Tanzania. Photo Credit: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

For details of this Report, please open this link stated hereunder.

http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Environmental-and-Social-Assessments/Tanzania_-_Dar_es_Salaam_BRT_Project_ESIA_Phase_2_3_Report_-_04_2015.pdf

Disclaimer:

Earthniversity does not claim ownership of this Final Report on Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit System.  It is produced by Kyong Dong Engineering Co., Ltd. in association with Ambicon Engineering(T) Limited.

References:

  1. http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Environmental-and-Social-Assessments/Tanzania_-_Dar_es_Salaam_BRT_Project_ESIA_Phase_2_3_Report_-_04_2015.pdf
  2. http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/google_map_Dar_es_Salaam.htm
  3. Photo of Muhammad Mahdi Karim
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BRT: Helping Commuters Decrease Travel Time

The first time I learned about the term BRT, I just wondered how it’s going to change the transportation scenario, for example, in my country.  As one of the Third World countries in Asia, the Philippines has not done any Bus Rapid Transport System or BRT.  It is indeed, a strange thing for me to read about BRT for the first time.  A fact that most of you may laugh because this kind of a transport system is very common in your country but not in mine.

In the United States for example, there are BRT Projects that were implemented to improve the speed of traffic and therefore decrease travel time from one point to the next.  So, BRT is indeed, a necessity that transportation agencies in other countries around Asia, for example, should consider in planning and improving their Transport System.

(Photo shows the Cleveland HealthLine, one of the BRT transport sytems in the U.S.)

Today, I would like to share this report from the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration, dated 2004, entitled:  Characteristics of Bus Rapid Transit For Decision-Making.

For me, this is a Best Practice, that any LGU or Local Government Units in the Third World Countries, specifically in Asia, should try to learn and think of the possibility of adopting this in their own LGU or country. Here is the link.

http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/CBRT.pdf

Disclaimer:

Earthniversity does not own any ideas or concepts mentioned in this post. Therefore, Earthniversity would like to acknowledge its sources of information, stated hereunder:

  1. The Federal Transport Agency (USA).
  2. The Department of Transportation (USA), and
  3. AUTHOR(S) Roderick B. Diaz (editor), Mark Chang, Georges Darido, Mark Chang, Eugene Kim, Donald Schneck, Booz Allen Hamilton Matthew Hardy, James Bunch, Mitretek Systems Michael Baltes, Dennis Hinebaugh, National Bus Rapid Transit Institute Lawrence Wnuk, Fred Silver, Weststart – CALSTART Sam Zimmerman, DMJM + Harris 5. FUNDING NUMBERS 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. 8283 Greensboro Drive McLean, Virginia 22102
  4. http://www.slocat.net  (photo showing the Cleveland HealthLine, an example of a BRT system)