In 1947, a 600mm gauge freight railway began operating within the port of Usumbura (present day Bujumbura), serving shipping on Lake Tanganyika. The railway had ceased operations by 1982.
In 2022 a memorandum of understanding was signed for the construction of a 282km standard gauge railway from Gitega, the capital of Burundi, to Uvinza in Tanzania, where it would connect with a planned new line of Tanzanian Railways Corporation. The results of an environmental and soicial impact study were published in 2023.
Also in 2023, a feasibility study was initiated for a new standard gauge line from Gitega to Kindu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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