Abidjan public transport network in full transformation

In Abidjan, public transport is undergoing a vast transformation. In addition to the arrival of a future BRT line and a metro, the entire transport supply must be redefined. Transitec, in partnership with SETEC, was selected for this vast restructuring.

Following the guidelines of the Urban Master Plan for Greater Abidjan (SDUGA), the Ivorian authorities are investing heavily in the development of the capital's public transport system. Two major corridors will see the construction of mass transport infrastructures: a metro (37 km) on a north-south axis and a BRT on an east-west axis (20 km). In addition, the government has invested heavily in new vehicles, adding 2,000 buses to the SOTRA fleet; and a modernisation of paratransit is expected. This transformation of the public transport supply in Abidjan is taking place under the guidance of the newly created Greater Abidjan Urban Mobility Authority (AMUGA).

In this context, Transitec and SETEC have been selected by the Abidjan Urban Mobility Project (PMUA) to carry out the "study of the global restructuring of Abidjan public transport network". A first workshop was organised in close collaboration with AMUGA on 21 October 2021 to present the proposed approach to stakeholders and to initiate the consultation. It brought together the Ministry of Transport, the District of Abidjan, municipalities, institutional and artisanal operators.

The stakeholders were able to share their interpretation of the current situation and, in a projected vision, their expectations for each mode. Beyond the principles on which there are consensus (the need to better organise artisanal transport, and to do so with a certain degree of progressiveness in implementation), the stakeholders expressed their visions, sometimes divergent, for modernising the public transport services.

As responsible for defining the new network, Transitec is studying the various possible options for optimising the public transport supply by bringing together the major projects that will become the backbone of the future network, the secondary services and the feeder and tertiary services, for which the small-scale alternatives seem particularly suitable.

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