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Dar es Salaam opens first commuter train service

October 30, 2012

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The first commuter train service in Dar es Salaam opened Monday (October 29th), Tanzania's The Guardian reported.

Transport Minister Harrison Mwakyembe rode the train along with 900 passengers who used the service on the first day of operation. Mwakyembe said the commuter rail was part of the government's plan to improve services in the city. Although there is only one train now, he said more trains will be added once construction of the infrastructure was complete.

At present, the rail service will operate on the Dar es Salaam-Tabora-Kigoma and Dar es Salaam-Tabora-Mpanda routes six days a week, with preparations under way to open a line to Mwanza, according to Tanzania's Daily News.

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  • Ramadhani Maneno
    November 1, 2012 @ 08:12:58AM

    It's pleasing to see a minister like this who promised that in October 2012 that service will start and truly he has kept his promise. Now really there is nothing as bad as conducting business in a system that is not understandable just for the sake of satisfying people. A great shame is upon the Railway corporation because people get on without paying their fare this is as a result of ZIMAMOTO programs

  • Amon
    October 31, 2012 @ 06:15:30AM

    Dedicated and competent personnel to manage the City Railway commuter services should be located otherwise the whole excercise would be a floap. Passengers should pay for the services and the collections should be utilised for the betterment of the services provided. Let every one consider this as a Natonal adventure and not to associate to any individual i.e Train ya Mwakyembe. The success of this venture should be considered as a success for the Nation at large.

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