eThekwini (Durban), South Africa, is about to open the first BRT. Serving the largely lower income northwestern suburbs, the new BRT will dramatically reduce travel times for hundreds of thousands of potential daily passengers. Phase 1 includes three corridors, two of which are circumferential, connecting the urban sub-centers of Pinetown to Umhlanga, and one of which is arterial, connecting Bridge City to downtown Durban.

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) has approached the KfW Bank (German Development Bank) to finance part of Phase I. If the loan is approved, it could accelerate the completion of the critical downtown link by five years.

The KfW Bank hired BRTPlan to appraise the project and prepare the project preparation document. BRTPlan evaluated the proposed services and some physical design elements for consistency with Gold Standard BRT and evaluated the capacity of the institutions responsible for managing the project. We then performed an economic and environmental appraisal, using the TEEMP model and other tools. We included this analysis in a full project preparation document sufficient for the KfW to make its determination on whether or not to provide the loan.

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Pilot BRT station, eThekwini BRT system