A Ministry of Transport collab with the World Bank
Electric bus project aims to ease notorious Baghdad traffic
BAGHDAD, January 24 – Iraqi officials have announced plans to address the persistent traffic congestion in Baghdad through the introduction of modern electric buses. This initiative, a collaboration with the World Bank and the state-run Passenger Transport Company, aims to revitalize public transportation in the capital.
According to a report in Al-Sabah newspaper, Maytham Al-Safi, the Ministry of Transport’s press office director, stated that the “Baghdad Electric Bus” project will focus on enhancing public transport services in Baghdad.
The initiative is designed to benefit the city’s diverse population, which is estimated at 7.7 million, particularly those in lower-income groups. It also aims to alleviate daily traffic bottlenecks and reduce vehicle emissions.
Al-Safi emphasized the strategy to establish dedicated public transport routes, based on extensive studies to ensure the project’s effectiveness. The government also intends to extend this initiative to other provinces, including Dhi Qar, Salah Al-Din, and Anbar.
This new project is a part of the government’s broader efforts in transportation management, which have recently included the deployment of public buses, the organization of transport garages, electronic monitoring of traffic violations, and other measures.