The city of Kigali is evaluating offers for an international tender for a feasibility study of a multi-billion bus highway.
The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a ten year project that is expected to cost more than $2.5 billion (about Rwf1.8 trillion), will reduce congestion which is already impeding public transport in the capital Kigali.
“We are evaluating tender offers and by April we may have a company that will conduct the study,” Jean-Claude Rurangwa, in charge of public transport and safety management at City of Kigali told KT Press.
The study will take 20 months and its budget allocation is being drafted, according to Rurangwa.
The BRT will consist of 160 km road network around Kigali, which will be plied exclusively by buses with capacity of more than 100 passengers.
The network will have a width of 36 metres (including boundaries) and will start from Nyabugogo and link the city hub to different areas by five main arteries.
The first route will go through Nyabugogo-Yamaha-Downtown Kigali-Nyamirambo.
From Kwa Mutangana (Nyabugogo), another route will pass below the Traffic Police Headquarters, then Muhima below Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) headquarters, Rwandex-Zion Temple and connect to Kicukiro centre.
The third route will link Nyabugogo to Université Libre de Kigali (ULK) via Kinamba, through Fawe Girls’ School Gisozi toward its Kagugu terminal.
Passengers plying Nyabugogo-Zindiro road in Kimironko, and even those going further to Kabuga, will use the lane Kinamba-Kacyiru-Chez Lando and will reach Kimironko via Prince House and Centre Christus-Remera.
This route will continue up to Zindiro, Ndera and Rusororo.
From Chez Lando, the route to Masaka will go through Sonatube-Niboye-Rubirizi and Busanza.
While demarcation of the BRT was concluded in 2014, officials in the City of Kigali said the project is expected to be concluded in 2025.
Eng. Eric Bizimungu, a technician of Nyarugenge General Trading, the firm contracted to conduct the surveying, in some areas, the routes affect storey buildings and public offices, like the Kicukiro-based Rwanda Standards Board.