ADDIS ABABA – Transport Bureau of Addis Ababa searches for financiers to purchase electric buses as it prepares to integrate them to the city’s public transportation system.
The move is a part of the administration’s push to sustainably improve the public transport service in the capital where a commuter has to wait for an average of 10 minutes to get the service.
The Bureau on Monday said it has completed selecting four corridors in the vicinity of the newly inaugurated Shegole Public Bus Depot to the launch of electric bus transport service pilot run in the city.
The transport bureau said it is now looking for local and international financiers to fund the purchase of the fleets.
The pilot project will be carried out in collaboration with one private and another state-run public bus operators – Sheger Mass Transport Service Entand Ambessa City Bus Service Enterprises.
The buses will join more than 10, 000 other vehicles that are currently providing transport services to residents of the capital on a daily basis.
The plan, the bureau said, is to charge the electric buses at night and offer services during daytime.
It has chosen the Addisu Gebeya-Kera, Winget-Ayer Tena, Legehar-Dil Ber, and Autobis Tera-Asko corridors to deploy the electric buses during the pilot run.
The routes have been selected based on three criterias, as per the transportation bureau. These are distance from Shegole depot, integration to the city’s Bus Rapid Transit Lane (BRT) corridors, and vicinity to marketplaces.
The bureau also said it will carry out additional assessments to identify more routes and extend the service to other parts of Addis Ababa.
About 2.5 million people use public transport services in 387 routes to commute on a daily basis, as per the bureau’s half-year performance report of 2021/22 FY. It plans to increase the service users number to at least three milions.