Updating of the first Agadir Bus Rapid Transit line feasibility studies (Morocco)

Client : French Development Agency
Financed by : French Development Agency
Realisation : 2015-2017

SCE Missions : Feasability Studies

  • Review of the existing studies (technical, environmental)
  • Complementary studies on the 5 km of line added to the project posterior to the completion of the initial feasibility study
  • Review of the transport demand over the entire agglomeration and on the BRT line
  • Updating of the economic and financial analysis
  • Updating of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study (under both international and local regulations)
  • Review of the potential sites for bus parking and repair and their appropriateness
  • Comparison between diesel and hybrid bus technologies
  • Preparation of Terms of Reference for future Technical Assistance assignment

Agadir is the fifth Moroccan city and faces rapid population and urban growth, due to its an economic attractiveness inducing rampant immigration from the surrounding urban and rural areas.

It currently serves a population of 1 million. As a consequence, the city starts experiencing traffic congestion in its centre, although most inhabitants still have no personal vehicle. As such some developing surrounding areas lack fast and reliable public transport system. The current bus system becomes insufficient to ensure proper and high-level transportation throughout the city.

In this context the Municipality of Agadir initiated the development of a first 15 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line interconnecting the main economic poles (harbour, city centre, markets), the university and the fast-developing residential areas. The feasibility study of this project was performed by SCE in 2012-2013. Intending to finance the project the French Development agency (AFD) selected SCE to update and complement these studies in 2015.

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