We are posting the story below because we believe this is a significant step.  Making in-roads into the rural areas is critical for all catagories of development. 



MTA begins inter county transportation  
Written by Horatio Bobby Willie    
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 

The Monrovia Transit Authority says it would this Friday begin an inter-county transportation program.

MTA Managing Director told a news conference, the bus route system will take passengers from Monrovia to Gbarnga.

According to Mr. Senwah Weah, the bus would make stops at all major points along the Monrovia-Gbarnga highway.

Mr. Weah told reporters, passengers will be required to pay up to two hundred fifty Liberian dollars.

The launch of the rural transport service is the kickoff to the work of the newly organized National Transit Authority.

Mr. Weah disclosed the MTA was serving as an implementing partner for the National Transit Authority.


Liberia: Urban and rural infrastructure rehabilitation project

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2009 –

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved the following project:

IDA Grant: US$44 million equivalent

Project Description: The development objective of the Urban and Rural Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project for Republic of Liberia supports government’s goal of improving road access in Monrovia and targeted rural areas, as well as improving institutional structure for technical management of the road sector.

Under current projects, IDA is supporting the government in comprehensively reforming its port sector. This grant will advance IDA’S ongoing and leading effort in addressing the rebuilding and developing of Liberia’s transport infrastructure and related Institution.

This operation will help respond to the situation by financing several critical components of transport infrastructure around the country, including:

1) resurfacing and rehabilitation of city streets in Monrovia and a traffic solution for one major congested city interchange;

2) rehabilitation of primary road sections in rural area;

3) maintenance of primary and secondary roads through collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) peacekeepers, and;

4) construction of a major bridge and a new fuel unloading facility.

The project will support the government’s efforts to re-establish basic transport infrastructure and improve the management of the transport sector. This will contribute to increased access to social services and commercial opportunities for the citizenry and consequently contribute to poverty alleviation in Liberia.

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