The proposed Abuja BRT Project shall provide quality, accessible and affordable mass transport system for the residents of Abuja and its suburbs which will subsequently contribute to poverty reduction, improve living standards, lead to sustainable economic growth and act as a pioneer of private and public investment partnership in the transport sector.The specific project development objective is to: (a)Improve mobility along prioritized corridors; and (b)Promote a shift to more environmentally sustainable urban transport modes. The specific global environmental objective is to: (a)Promote an incremental shift to more environmentally sustainable urban transport modes among users with relatively high carbon foot print.
The following are the proposed project components: (1)Public Transport Infrastructure, and Traffic Management: This component focuses on the development of Abuja's BRT system and investment in infrastructure and related facilities for the pilot BRT corridor. It also includes investing in safety and security aspects of the project; attracting potential users through a communication media strategy and enhancement of the consultation process. This component also focuses on construction/expansion of carriageway to provide BRT lane in urban and peri-urban areas. It also includes provision of segregated kerbing, traffic management, signal control, pedestrian bridges at bus stops, bus shelter and BRT Terminals and Ddepots. It also covers detailed engineering design study and project supervision. (2)Road Network Improvements of Feeder Roads: This component is designed to improve the efficiency of the use of existing road space, reduce vehicle operating cost, enhance the operation of buses, and improve road safety for vehicles and pedestrians by improving the quality of roads. The sub-components include: (i) Routine Manual Maintenance, (ii) Recurrent Maintenance iii) Periodic Maintenance, and (v) Emergency Maintenance and Rehabilitation. (3)Project Management, System Monitoring and Institutional Development: This component covers (i) Technical Assistance, Equipment, Vehicles, Office Equipment, and other Operational support for project implementation, (ii) Institutional, Technical and Financial Audit, (iii) Monitoring of Transport and Social Impact, Environmental Impact, and Capacity Development Indicators, (iv) Air Quality Monitoring along BRT corridors. This involves procurement of new air quality monitoring equipment.Institutional development focuses on capacity strengthening of the Federal Capital Territory Transport Secretariat (FCT TS) and the Abuja Mass Transit Company to provide an overall vision and a strategic planning basis for transport planning, regulation, monitoring, administration and coordination of sector-wide management. The sub-components include: (i) training and study tours and twinning programmes to provide technical staff with knowledge of current developments and best practices in public transport system delivery and strategic planning, (ii) transport modelling, i.e. update of FCT TS planning databases and tools, (iii) administrative and operating cost for FCT TS, staff salaries and other recurrent expenses. (4)Rolling Stock: This component finances acquisition of high capacity articulated buses and the equipment of existing mass transit buses with emission filters.THis component foresees the involvement of private sector in the acquisition of the rolling stock and the operation of the MRT through the use of private sector window.
Choices on public transport options are choices about a city's future.Mass Rapid Transit also refered to as public transit is a passenger transportation service usually local in scope that is available to any person who pays a prescribed fare. It is designed to move large numbers of people at one time. Mass Rapid Transit is anticipated to contribute both to city efficiency and to the needs of the poor in the largeest and fast growing cities. Bus Rapid Transit, BRT is inexpensive with comparable minimal requirements regarding space. The selection on the use of BRT in Abuja is geared towards te following criteria: - Improved passenger capacity - Improved average speed of the system - Minimum system costs - Minimal space requirement - Shorter plaaning and construction stage - Flexibility and environment The expected benefits to the city dwellers include: - Increase in bus operational efficiency which will inturn decongest the city through the use of BRT system which is affordable, reliable and comfort enough to discourage "push" incentives - Reduced travel time - Reduced household expenditures on transport Moreover, the creation of the right type of institutional planning capacity is a key success factor for any improvements in the transport sector. The good example is LAMATA-Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority in Lagos State.Abuja is now ready to embark on a similar planning and investment process as Lagos. Set up of adequate institutional arrangements and a proper sector strategy are underway. The improvement of public transport system in Abuja will subsequently contribute to: - poverty reduction, - improve standards of living, - lead to sustainable economic growth and act as a pioneer of private and public investment partnership in the transport sector.