The GIEs of carriers, affiliated with the Local Transport Project, received yesterday, Thursday January 5, 2023, from the Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening up a batch of 113 vehicles. This first batch, of a total of 300 vehicles, is intended for local transport in the Dakar region. The reception ceremony was held in Diamniadio, in the presence of officials from the Dakar Urban Transport Executive Council (CETUD) and members of approved economic interest groups.
As part of the improvement of urban mobility and the renewal of the fleet of public transport vehicles, the Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening up has given a batch of 113 vehicles to the members of the GIEs of carriers approved by the Local transport project. This first batch will be completed, in the coming days, to have the number of 300 vehicles planned in this third phase of the said project. This third phase, with a total cost of 2,544,000,000 CFA francs, is financed by the Transporters’ Savings and Credit Mutual (MECTRANS, a microfinance institution specializing in the field of transport) and implemented by CETUD .
This project is part of the overall program to modernize land transport services, initiated in 2005 and extended to other regions of Senegal, thanks to the advent of the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE), since 2015. Ultimately, it aims to put an end to irregular transport commonly known as “taxis-clandos”, renewing the fleet of public transport vehicles and reducing road insecurity.
Minister Mansour Faye, who handed over the keys, welcomed the involvement of private actors which made it possible to achieve this third phase. “What is to be welcomed and encouraged is that this phase stems from a private initiative, supervised by the State services, but also the General Directorate of Land Transport”, said Mansour Faye.
In the Minister’s opinion, these local transport vehicles, linked with mass transport projects, in particular the Bus rapid transit (BRT, which will be delivered in the second half of 2023) and the Regional express train (TER ), will help relieve traffic congestion in Dakar, but also improve safety in road transport. “At the level of the Dakar region, the State is in the process of developing mass transport, through the TER and the BRT; which bodes well for a new configuration of the transport plan at the level of Dakar and which will revolve around this mass transport”, said the Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening up.