The 2018 prize went to Dar es Salaam, a major city in Tanzania that won for major improvements in its public transit system namely its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, or DART. The city has also launched a series of transformative improvements to transit, cycling and walking. The high quality and transformative scale of this projects which is the first true BRT system in East Africa made Dar es Salaam the clear winner.
The project consists of six phases supported by different developing Banks to extend through the city and will also include supporting walking and cycling infrastructure. Its first phase has already shown great results including increased transit speeds, improved pedestrian access, safety improvements along with economic and social transformation. Results highlight the savings in commuting time of up to 16 days of time in a year.
“DART is a great example of the progress being made in the East Africa region, and the success of this system will hopefully inspire replication,” – Arturo Ardila-Gomez, a member of the Sustainable Transport Award Committee, and Global Lead for Urban Mobility & Lead Transport Economist at the World Bank.
Next year, Dar es Salaam will host ITDP’s next MOBILIZE Summit, to be held each year in the winning city. MOBILIZE will bring together 200 international urban transport and development planners, practitioners, and officials, world-class researchers, and NGO representatives to share opportunities, challenges, and study the example of Dar es Salaam as an international best practice in public transit and policy.
Since 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award has recognized profound leadership and vision in sustainable transportation and urban livability. These strategies should improve mobility for all residents, reduce transportation greenhouse and air pollution emissions, and enhance safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians. The award is presented to a city each January for achievements in the preceding year. Nominations are accepted from any interested parties, including government, civil society organizations, and academic institutions. Nominations must include verifiable project data and contact information for the city.