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Feb 4, 2011

Work starts on Bus Rapid Transit Project


H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice President, has cut the sod for commencement of work on a $5.4-million project to provide a safe, fast and comfortable transport system in the country.

 

The project, known as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) forms part of the Urban Transport Project and involves the creation of dedicated bus routes from Kasoa in the Central Region to the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra.

 Mr. Mahama said during the sod-cutting ceremony in Accra, that a bus terminal and a bus depot will be constructed at Kasoa, in addition to minor stations along the entire stretch of the route, whilst new pedestrian bridges will also be constructed at Kaneshie Market.

 According to him, there will be traffic management works at some selected junctions to help improve traffic flow on the road and through intersections in Accra and Tema, including Ga West and East districts, as well as Kumasi and Ejisu.

 Mr. Mahama explained that the BRT project will be implemented in 11 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), eight in the Greater Accra Region, two in the Ashanti Region and one in the Central Region, with funds from Government of Ghana, the World Bank, Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

Source: ISD