SENEGAL-TRANSPORT-ENERGIE / Ecological transition: a study highlights the advantages of BRT – Senegalese press agency

Dakar, May 15 (APS) – Socio-economic and environmental studies carried out as part of the Bus rapid transit (BRT) project, a means of transport put into service this Wednesday in Dakar, have indicated that it will allow save 446,480 tonnes of CO2 over a period of fifteen years.

”This concerns the contribution of the BRT to the reduction of atmospheric pollution and which corresponds to monetary gains of up to 1.3 billion FCFA in 2030”, reports a study focused on the BRT’s taking into account the dimension environmental impact by the Bus rapid transit (BRT) project transmitted to the APS.

This means of urban transport that is the BRT is electric, which will allow it to have “zero polluting emissions”, underlines the text which announces that this carbon saving also concerns rolling stock as part of the second component. of the BRT project.

This second component, specifies the document, concerns the overall restructuring of the network which will lead to the completion of infrastructure works but also important reforms for the modernization of the transport system of the capital Dakar in order to meet the ambition of a modern, competitive and sustainable economy.

”Ultimately, he continues, the major challenge of taking the environmental dimension into account is to demonstrate that a project of this scale can be carried out in an urban environment while respecting environmental standards in terms of controlling pollution and nuisances and management of neighborhood convenience”

Above all, it allows “to integrate landscaping, by providing for compensatory reforestation and by creating green jobs”, according to the same Source.

The BRT project was the subject of a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and a resettlement policy framework (CPR) which made it possible to determine the environmental and social issues of the project in terms of involuntary displacement, economic profitability, and impact on travel to Dakar, notes the text.

He specified that for this purpose, the pilot line going from the Guédiawaye prefecture to Petersen station, i.e. 18.3 km, was selected and was the subject of an in-depth environmental impact study and has an environmental compliance certificate.

The BRT project, which arises from the urban travel policy letter in Dakar, aims to improve urban mobility between Dakar and Guédiawaye over a length of 18.3 kilometers serving 14 local authorities, two cities with a reduction in travel time going from 95 to 45 minutes on average for a transport capacity of 300,000 passengers/day.

Through this BRT pilot project, the State of Senegal has set environmental objectives: improving air quality by reducing atmospheric pollution, reducing energy bills, resort to alternative solutions to diesel based on cleaner technologies.

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