Dar is the first African City to win the STA
Moscow, Russia received an Honorable Mention
Over the last few years, Dar has launched a series of transformative improvements to transit, cycling and walking, the most important of which is the Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit system, or DART. These efforts have made it the first African city to win the prestigious Sustainable Transport Award in its 14-year history.
“The Sustainable Transport Award has always been about transformation. The committee is looking to call attention to political courage and regional best practices, especially in places that are often overlooked,” said Michael Kodransky, Chair of the Sustainable Transport Award Committee. “This project is transformative for Dar, and it offers a source of inspiration for other African cities, where new transport systems are being planned. We’re thrilled to promote over the next year the great work that Dar has done, and convene experts from all over the world to see first-hand what they’ve accomplished.”
Moscow, Russia received the honorable mention for an impressive new train line, reorganization of bus transport, and street redesigns to improve conditions for pedestrians and transit users.
On January 9th, 2018, Dar es Salaam and Moscow were celebrated at the annual STA ceremony. H.E. William Masilingi, Ambassador from the United Republic of Tanzania, accepted the winning award on behalf of the city of Dar es Salaam, presented by Naomi Mwaura of ITDP Africa. Vadim Yurev, CEO of the Moscow Traffic Control Centre, accepted the honorable mention for of the city of Moscow, presented by Michael Kodransky. The ceremony also featured a talk from Laura Ballesteros, reporting on Mexico City’s groundbreaking off-street parking reform policy which was announced at the 2017 STA. The ceremony concluded with reflections from Juan Carlos Muñoz of the BRT Centre of Excellence on MOBILIZE’s lasting impact on Santiago, Chile, the 2017 STA winning city.
Dar es Salaam will be the site of MOBILIZE 2018, ITDP’s annual Sustainable Transport Summit organized in partnership with the Volvo Research and Education Foundations. The event will showcase best practices and lessons in sustainable mobility to an international group of city practitioners and researchers, spotlighting this emerging city as a learning lab. For more information, visit mobilizesummit.org.