Africa Transport Technical Note No. 27

This note analyzes the organization, profitability, and financing of private mass transit services in Abidjan, with an emphasis on private companies, operating minibuses commonly known as "gbakas". The Abidjan case study is part of a regional study launched early in 1999, under the urban mobility component of the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), covering four cities: Abidjan, Bamako, Harare, and Nairobi, while the regional study was carried out by the Solidarite Internationale sur les Transports et la Recherche en Afrique Subsaharienne. (SITRASS). The note describes within an urban context, the transport system in Abidjan, with an increasingly peripheral population, and jobs located mainly in the city center. Nonetheless, it also analyzes the sector, and the obvious prospects for profitability, but under uncertain prospects for profitability.

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Aug 2000
Amako? Adol?houm? and Alain Bonnafous