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The plan for introducing an above-ground metro to address mobility problems in the rapidly expanding Maputo metropolitan area could take shape from 2023 with the introduction of dedicated passenger transport rail lines.
Speaking yesterday in the capital at the launch of the II Greater Maputo Sustainable Mobility Week, President of the Maputo Metropolitan Transport Agency (AMT) António Matos said increasing the number of buses may not, in the long run, satisfy the growing demand for passenger transport.
“The idea of the above-ground metro is not new. It was hatched in 2010 and is relevant given that the population in the metropolitan region of Maputo is growing. Even an increased supply of buses will not carry more than 12,000 passengers per hour,” he said.
Without detailing costs, the AMT representative said that the implementation of the project would be supported by private partners, including the company Metrobus.
The creation of dedicated rail lines would not interfere with freight transport, which is the exclusive activity of the Mozambique Railways (CFM), but would help relieve pressure on road corridors.
In addition to these initiatives, Maputo City Council President Eneias Comiche indicated that the Mobility and Transport Master Plan (2019 – 2030) foresees the creation of intermodal terminals and pedestrian areas, among other measures.
The metropolitan region of Maputo includes, in addition to the capital, the city of Matola and the villages of Marracneue and Boane.
Mobility Week will be marked with workshops, film screenings and photo exhibitions, culminating in World Car-Free Day on 22 September.Source: AIM Moçambique