Windhoek Urban Transport Pre-Feasibility Study

Windhoek/Namibia, 2014-2015

Bus network development and operations management

Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia with currently about 350.000 inhabitants, but growing by about 4% per year. For a sustainable way of development the city government and the related ministry launched the “Move Windhoek”-Project. In a first step the “Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan” (SUTMP) published in 2013. This master Plan contains visions for every kind of transport, also walking, cycling and private car traffic, but the main focus is set on public transport by bus, LRT and collective taxi.  

Today 40% of transportation is made by taxi due to the insufficient supply of bus services. This situation is not really sustainable under environmental aspects as well as under aspects of costs for the passengers. So in the SUTMP the development of a modern Bus system with BRT elements between 2017 and 2032 is described as a vision.
It is our task now to make this vision become reality and to do the detailed planning for the development of the network in four phases including:

  • Adjusting the existing traffic model
  • Stated Preference Survey
  • Definition of routes and stops
  • Operation concept incl. time-tables, cycle plans and drivers duties
  • cost estimation for invest and operation
  • Adaptation of ticketing system to the new situation.
  • Integration of collective taxi services as a feeder system.

In a further step the existing railway lines to Okahandja (North), Rehoboth (South) and Hosea Kutako International Airport (East) shall be used to create a suburban railway network latest in 2032. This shall become the backbone system, since the development of the Windhoek region will result in building the new City of Brackwater north of Windhoek. The design of this rail-based system will be part of the Pre-Feasibility Study