Mercato bus station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia begins operations

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The newly constructed Mercato bus terminal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has started operations according to the Transportation Bureau of Addis Ababa City Administration.

Named after Mercato, the largest open market in the East African country, the new terminal will only accommodate city buses from Anbessa and Sheger. It will allow the oldest city bus – Anbessa – to carry passengers to 35 destinations in Addis Ababa, and will allow the youngest urban commuter – Sheger Bus – to transport its customers to and from 17 destinations in the capital.

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The distinctive character of the new facility

According to Aregawi Maru, head of communications affairs at the transport office, the Mercato bus terminal is different from the existing terminals in that it is not only an arrival and departure center for commuters, but also has two-storey floors that can accommodate up to 20 buses at a time, which is more than what existing terminals could accommodate.

The facility is also more comfortable for customers and has spacious waiting areas and ticket offices. Its washrooms are also designed to meet the needs of all people, even those with disabilities who would need special elevator service.

Construction work on the facility was carried out by CGCOC, while the design office Yonannes Abay Construction participated as project manager.

Improvement of the transport sector

Designed and built to handle up to 6,000 passengers per hour or a total of 60,000 to 80,000 passengers per day, the new Mercato bus terminal will help transport service providers deliver efficient and timely services with better security , and address the long-standing challenges of growing numbers of service seekers who are mostly exposed to health and safety issues.

The installation will be managed by the City’s Régie des transports.

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