In 2009, faced with a rapidly growing population and increasing congestion concerns, Kampala began planning a BRT system. BRT serving the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area’s 3 million residents would drastically improve travel times, decrease health risks, and reduce pollution levels.
Since the project’s inception, ITDP has been working with the Ministry of Works and Transport to review infrastructure designs, service plans, and help create an institutional structure for the project. ITDP has also partnered with local organizations, such as the First African Bicycle Information Organization (FABIO), a local NGO empowering Ugandans using bicycles and other non-motorized transportation, to disseminate information about the benefits of BRT to the government and to the public.
ITDP is now gearing up to oversee the business and operational planning process for the BRT system and to assist the city with the transformation of its existing public transport industry, based on experiences in South Africa. Such a transformation will allow the public transit employees, who currently face increasing congestion, unreliable income, and escalating costs, to operate in formal companies on performance-based contracts. This will provide steadier profits, fixed working hours, and employee benefits. Passengers will enjoy shorter trips in safer vehicles, and all Kampalans will benefit from improved air quality in their region.