Digital Van Service for Addis Ababa

Understanding the transport landscape and the potential for digital bus aggregation in Ethiopia.

Per stated transport policies, Addis Ababa is pursuing a paradigm shift in the provision of transport facilities and services. The city aims to implement bus rapid transit (BRT) on more than 15 corridors, enhance the quality of the existing light rail transit (LRT) system and achieve a substantial improvement in the walking and cycling environment. Digital van services can contribute to the city’s sustainable mobility goals provided that an adequate regulatory framework is in place. The introduction of digital services also will necessitate creative solutions to existing technical hurdles, such as a lack of consistent mobile internet access in the city. This briefing document offers an overview of the existing public transport system in the city, presents case studies illustrating potential technology and regulatory options, and discusses the way forward for digital van services in Addis Ababa.


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