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A new bus rapid transit system in Côte d’Ivoire

Scania is helping to establish a new bus rapid transit system in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, in a major project that will help create jobs, improve mobility and provide cleaner transport.

The plan for a new bus rapid transit (BRT) system for Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire, took a major step forward at a high-level round-table discussion held in conjunction with the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, which took place in the city on 29 and 30 November.

At the meeting, a Swedish-led consortium presented representatives of the Côte d’Ivoire Government with a summary of the findings of a pre-study into the feasibility of a Scania BRT system in Abidjan. Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, who was in the city for the summit, also attended.

Sustainable business investments

The consortium behind the project includes the Swedish Government, Swedfund, Scania, Business Sweden and Ivorian stakeholders. The pre-study was initiated and funded by Swedfund, the state-owned Swedish organisation that aims to reduce poverty through sustainable business investments.

The plan under discussion is for Scania to create a smart and comprehensive BRT system that includes buses, a secure ticketing system, a customer information system and a fleet management system for the profitable scheduling and operation of the vehicles.

A BRT system would improve public transport in Abidjan and create more efficient, shorter commutes for the city’s population. In turn, this would have a very positive impact on the economic development of the city and its surrounding area, as well as the quality of life of Abidjan’s five million inhabitants.

Scania BRT system

At the AU-EU Summit, African and European heads of state and government gathered together under the central theme of “Investing in Youth for a Sustainable Future”, and having a Scania BRT system would also lead to job creation and mobility, two issues which are significant and persistent challenges for young Africans looking to enter the job market. A fleet consisting of Scania low-emission buses running on alternative fuels can also reduce the environmental impact of transport in the greater Abidjan area.

“A modern public transport system is a pre-requisite for social development,” says Karin Rådström, Head of Scania Buses & Coaches. “The West African region is extremely important for the Scania bus business, due to the area’s rapid urbanisation and strong economic growth.”

Bus Systems by Scania benefits the operator, passengers and city by offering premium BRT services end-to-end, enabling rapid passenger transit in urban areas through the use of specifically-adapted vehicles with optimised maintenance and repair services.