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Transportation Management Center (TMC) and Traffic  Signal Control System (TSCS)

for the City of Addis Ababa

With the sponsorship and guidance of the Ethiopian Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the Addis Ababa  Mayor’s office, in particular the transportation group, and assistance from Ethiopian ITS experts in the Diaspora (USA), important efforts and significant advances have been made in the last few years, to raise awareness on the value of ITS technologies to improve and modernize the transportation system of the city, by tackling the pressing issues such as traffic congestion, safety, access to public transportation services, as well as institutional capacity building in transportation planning, operations and management of traffic and incidents.

One of the most important programs in the effort to tackle the pressing transportation issues of the City and seek appropriate solutions, the Ministry of Transport sponsored several transportation symposiums (including on ITS) for transportation stake holders of the city. The primary focus of the Symposiums in April 2010 and March 2011 in particular was ITS. A thorough discussion and demonstration of applicable ITS systems to the stakeholders was made possible by ITS specialists from the Ethiopian Diaspora in the USA.  This discussion included the possible deployment of cost effective and applicable ITS technologies, in the short, medium and long term to tackle the pressing transportation issues of the city including traffic congestion, accidents, delays, freight movement, lack of effective coordination among the stake holders and inefficiencies in transportation and incident management.  A fleet management system, currently operating in the country and other ITS technologies including a presentation on Traffic Signal Control System and the current traffic conditions in the City were also shown in these ITS Symposiums. 

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