Casablanca is among the Moroccan cities to reevaluate their public transport networks 

The cities of Casablanca and Rabat are on the move to initiate an evaluation of their major public transportation networks. The two major cities of the Kingdom of Morocco would like to maximize their benefits at the end of their contracts with their respective bus service management Stareo and M’Dina Bus. In this regard, the cities will undertake a general assessment of their dealings with their business partners. The Ministry of the Interior will have the final decision over the continuation of the agreements.

In the city of Casablanca, Casa Transports is getting ready for the conclusion of M’Dina Bus’s contract in October 2019. In order to fulfill its analysis of the conditions of operation of the city’s 75 bus lines, the local development company (SDL) Casa Transports, owned jointly by the state, the city and the region, is depending on a study being performed by KPMG. The study was authorized in the last quarter of 2016 and it will focus on the financial audit of the city’s bus services, along with the analysis of the pledged stipulations on which they are directed. The Casa Transport could also look for expert assistance from consulting companies, to guide them in renegotiating its contract with M’Dina Bus as well as to provide assistance in drafting the new tramway operating contract. The RATP Development, which is the recent operator of the tramway business, which is likely to be reintroduced over the next few weeks, has seemingly stated its consideration for the bus service deal.

According to Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, the review that will be applied by Casablanca and the capital city of Morocco will take the services of the current and future bus service partners to the next level with better transparency and security. These companies are very significant to cater to the public transport needs of the people living in the areas especially in Casablanca which is the business capital of Morocco where public transport is high on demand.

In the capital city, Rabat, seven contenders have been prequalified to take the position of the current operator Stareo. Stareo is a previous Veolia division has become under control of the local authorities of Rabat city. They must be called to participate in a limited entry tender procedure over the next few weeks. The French companies Transdev and RATP Development which  are currently handling the city’s tramways, Morocco’s City Bus, Vectalia and Spain’s Alsa, Lux Transports and Transinvest, will have to find out if the entrusting authority intends to recommence the present contract pattern, which gives the concession holder to take full accountability for investment, or if it chooses to take responsibility itself for financing groundwork venture.

No less than MAD500 million will be outlaid to reintroduce the city’s bus fleet, and the construction of new lines in sheltered areas will require bigger investment. The second alternative, which was applied for the establishment of the Casablanca and Rabat tramways, was approved by the Ministry of Interior.