Maputo municipality in Mozambique presents urban mobility plan

20 June 2013

The mobility plan for the Maputo metropolitan area includes construction of an overground metro system and an urban corridor for public transport, the councilman for Transport and Transit of Maputo municipality said.

Cited by the Mozambican press, João Matlombe also said that the mobility plan would cost an estimated US$5.5 billion and added that some investors were already interested in funding the project.

The Mobility and Transport Master Plan for the Maputo Metropolitan area, which covers the Maputo and Matola municipalities and the districts of Boane and Marracuene, has an execution deadline of 22 years and was drawn up with financial support from the Japanese government.

A programme to improve urban mobility and traffic and public transport management, expected to cost US$57 million, is one of the three strategic actions outlined in the plan.

“For the traffic management project in the city of Maputo we already have funding practically guaranteed and we are closing the deal, as the study has been carried out and approved,” said Matlombe.

Known as BRT and expected to cost US$180 million, the second project includes construction of a 30 kilometre corridor for public transport, acquisition of buses and introduction of an electronic ticketing system. It is expected to be concluded in 2018.

Matlombe said that at least “six financiers” were available for these two phases and that a “tender to choose the best option,” may be launched.

For the time being, activities are focusing on attracting investment for the Maputo-Matola overground metro system.

The projects are expected to be added to those to build the Maputo Ringroad – already underway – and the Maputo-Catembe bridge, which is due to begin in the second half of the year. (macauhub)