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Moving Libreville forward

When the National Infrastructure Master Plan (NIMP) was presented to the president of Gabon in November 2011, Libreville’s bus network no longer existed, and two-thirds of the population depended on private taxis. The Bechtel-led l’Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux, a government agency that oversees the delivery of NIMP, developed a new bus network, including routes, terminals, bus stops, and depots.

By 2018, 440 buses on 28 lines will cover 134 miles (215 kilometers). To date, an average of 37,000 passengers per day are being served on five bus lines. In 2015, an additional 30 buses will be operational, with progress toward completing a number of solar-powered bus shelters. When the system is fully operational, the network will serve more than 300,000 passengers a day at a frequency of one bus every 8 minutes. These buses should decrease car traffic by 40 percent, significantly reducing traffic and travel time on local roadways. 

Watching the Gabon-Bechtel National Infrastructure Master Plan materialize and create real, functioning communities — not just rows of buildings — is a strong testament to designing with sustainability at the forefront. Working with the natural environment to the greatest extent possible, we incorporated the needs and input of the people living there, as well as the economic realities of the area, to plan a highly functional, sustainable city in Africa. — Catherine McKalip-Thompson Sustainability Lead, Infrastructure, Bechtel