DTA Group, a consulting firm specialising in land, rail, port and airport transport infrastructure, has announced the launch of a pre-feasibility study for the implementation of a BRT (Bus Rapid Transport) system project in Greater Tunis, Tunisia’s capital and largest city.
This study will examine initiatives for the deployment of a BRT system project in the Greater Tunis area across the capital, with a pilot experience linking the city centre of Tunis to the Berges du Lac Nord and La Goulette / El Kram.
The project of BRT system in the Greater Tunis is carried out by Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies (ITES), a non-administrative public establishment with civil personality and financial autonomy, and placed under the supervision of the Presidency of the Republic, in collaboration with the Tunisian Smart Cities association, a prospective association, carrying out the national program of “sustainable and intelligent cities”, which aims at creating a national network of Tunisian cities that want to be “smart and sustainable cities”.
According to a press release issued by ITES, the proposed BRT system aims to offer Tunisians an alternative to the 28D bus line. The latter would become unsuitable despite the sprawling growth of this agglomeration of nearly 3 million inhabitants.
It is estimated that the operation of the BRT system, whose initial route is based on a 15 km section with 17 stations for a fleet of 80 buses, should reduce the time between the two ends of the existing bus system from about 58 minutes to 18 minutes.
The cost of implementing the proposed BRT system is estimated to be 30-40% cheaper than a tram system.