7.6 Building a public transport system in Kampala

This consultation paper discusses issues facing the Ugandan government in its move to establish a public transport system in the capital city, Kampala.

There is currently no public transport in the city. A 2012 attempt to establish a private bus service quickly failed and the only non private transport in Kampala are taxis and boda-bodas – motorcycles operating as informal taxis. The main method of travel is by walking; 48% of journeys in the city are made this way.

The government plans to introduce a bus rapid transit network in the city and both preliminary and full feasibility studies have been conducted. A legislative base is needed for tendering the bus franchise and the process of creating a Metropolitan Transport Authority to deal with public transport has begun.

The paper discusses how policy in this area is poor and covers the many aspects that will need to be focused on to remedy this.

Issuing body: Ministry of Works and Transport, Republic of Uganda
Type: Consultation paper
Status: Draft
Development of a public transport policy for Kampala
File type:
Word document
File size: 882 KB
Year of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 45