Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Development of a Long Term Integrated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System for Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area

World Bank - Uganda

Consultancy Services for Pre-Feasibility Studies for the Development of a Long Term Integrated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System for Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA)

TRUST FUND #: TF093453-PPIAF Request for Expressions of Interest

The World Bank intends to finance the assignment/services described below under a trust fund from the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF).

The services include pre-feasibility studies for the development of a long term integrated conceptual designs for a BRT System for GKMA; identification of priority transport corridors for the BRT system; and selection of one transport corridor on which a detailed engineering and operations design for a pilot BRT should be carried out.

The assignment will also include preparation of the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the detailed engineering and operations design for the pilot BRT system on the selected corridor and definition of institutional reforms and financial controls necessary for operating the system.

Kampala City is the capital and commercial centre of Uganda. Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GMKA) covers an area of 970 km.2 with a population of 2.37million people (2005 figures) and is expected to grow to 2.78 million by the year 2010, 3.65 million by the year 2018 and 5.20 million by the year 2030.

The current public transport system in GKMA is characterized by unreliable, unsafe, low capacity second hand mini-buses (14-seater) without scheduled services, dedicated routes, predictable fare regime and with high levels of emissions. Traffic congestion resulting from the high number of low-capacity public transport vehicles and increasing private car use are a major problem in GKMA.

The Government of Uganda and Kampala City Council (KCC) have a long term vision of providing affordable mobility and improving the quality of life of the urban population, and have identified BRT as the main component of this vision. The envisioned BRT system should be reliable, environmentally sustainable, operate on specialized infrastructure and be commercially viable.

The scope of this assignment calls for knowledge and experience in BRT systems design and implementation hence competencies in: urban transport modeling; traffic engineering, architectural design; mass transit operations design; design of BRT technical components (such as fare collection and advanced transit control systems) and Traffic Management Measures.

Other competencies include ability to carry out financial and commercial investment appraisal; social and environmental impact analysis; review of institutional and regulatory regime and socio-economic assessment. The estimated implementation period is four (4) months and the approximate amount for this assignment is US$ 279,000.

The World Bank now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.

Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the current edition of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers.

Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below.

Expressions of interest must be delivered electronically to the address below by February 4, 2009.


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