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Title:Private Sector Delivery of Urban Services: Benefits, Obstacles and Ways Forward for Public Transport Service in Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania
Author:Ngowi, Honest P.
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:urban transport
Urbanization and Migration
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Urban transportation
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v021/21.1ngowi.pdf
Abstract:This paper deals with private - as opposed to public - sector delivery of public transport (bus) services in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, looking at benefits of, obstacles experienced in, and strategies for improvement of private-sector delivery of public transport in Dar es Salaam. The benefits accruing from the private sector delivery of this service include more efficient, effective, competitive, innovative, reliable and generally better services. Other benefits include the creation of a substantial increase in employment opportunities and contribution to the government coffers through payment of taxes and fees. Obstacles include government interference, high operating costs, low and constantly low bus fares, and inadequate urban transport infrastructure. Strategies that are underway to address some of the problems of public transport delivery in Dar es Salaam are comprised of investments in Rapid Bus Transit (RBT), commissioning of large size commuter buses and development of a vision of a more sustainable transport service. Recommendations given to policy and decisionmakers include the creation and sustaining of a more supporting and enabling environment for all the stakeholders in the sector to achieve a win-win situation with regard to provision and effective use of this important service in the city. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]