The integrated transport and development strategy aims to change the shape of the rapidly expanding city of Dar es Salaam, focusing on the 21km-long phase one BRT transit corridor which opened in 2016.
The strategy builds on the success of the BRT’s journey time improvements to stimulate a substantial and thriving new connected redevelopment, attracting new inward investment, creating jobs and helping to improve living standards and related city infrastructure. Once completed, this framework will become a prototype approach for all future six phases of the BRT network.
Central to the project is the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) that seeks to establish higher-density, mixed-use development around transit nodes with a walkable and pedestrian-centred environment, encouraging soft mobility and public transit use and discouraging car use, thereby actively reducing carbon emissions.
A critical aspect of the project was stakeholder and community engagement. A range of activities including focus groups, public exhibitions and an active Facebook page were established, designed to reach a wide audience and to gain increased levels of feedback. Interactive workshops proved successful using ‘learning through play’ techniques such as role play and model building to communicate key messages.
To ensure the project properly understands the city’s issues and priorities, the project has taken an innovative approach to collecting and analysing data. Land use and transport models based on a series of data-rich base maps in Geographic Information System (GIS) were developed which were used for testing different transport movement and real estate development scenarios.