DAKAR, Senegal–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Monday 27 December 2021, the Republic of Senegal, represented by its President, H.E. Macky Sall, officially launched the commercial operation of the Regional Express Train (RET) which will link Dakar, the country’s capital, to Diamniadio, the new town currently under development. The rail link will extend over 35 kilometers with the aim of serving nearly 115,000 travelers daily using its 14 trains, each with a capacity of 565 passengers.
As a flagship project of the Plan for an Emerging Senegal, which aims to deliver an “emerging Senegal in 2035”, the RET is equipped with state-of-the-art “dual-mode” technology. It relies on electrical energy as well as thermal energy, allowing the trains to travel at a top speed of 160 km/h. In addition, all of these trains are equipped with air conditioning, on-board WiFi access and reading lights.
The completion of this project, which connects the center of Dakar to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (about 50 km from the capital), should ease congestion in the region by transporting 115,000 passengers per day and providing 196 train journeys per day. The project embodies the forward-looking, long-term vision of the President of the Republic, H.E.