Georgian Sustainable Urban Transport Project ADB

  • Project: Georgian Sustainable Urban Transport Development
    Funding Agency: ADB
    Project Partners: SYSTRA
Tbilisi City Government (TCG) with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) of Georgia have measured the impact of a modern, efficient and integrated urban transport system to energize the economy, and improve life conditions of Tbilisi inhabitants. They are moving rapidly to develop concrete actions that will impact urban mobility including public transport, road network, and traffic management and safety. To do so, TCG requests to implement urgently (i) the construction of the Mtkvari Bridge; (ii) the Metro extension to the University district; and (iii) the traffic control center in Tbilisi.

They have requested ADB to finance a Project Preparatory Technical Assistance (PPTA) to define a strategic plan to improve urban transport in the city. This PPTA aims to promote a sustainable, integrated, socially affordable, and cost-efficient urban transport system. It will develop an investment project in the multitranche financing facility (fV1FF) mode. The PPTA activities will be divided into two categories: (i) formulation of the MFF, mainly a sector roadmap with an investment plan and a policy framework, and (ii) prepare studies, design and due diligences for the project components to be implemented in the tranche I of the facility.

The construction of the Mtkvari Bridge Project is estimated to $35-$40 million. The extension of the Subway network to the University will require a cost spanning the range $20 to $80 million. The Traffic Control Center will be implemented and financed through a concession contract.

1. The first part will focus on the delivery of an urban sector roadmap for Tbilisi and will: "

(i) formulate a program of urban and transportation improvements for Tbilisi; set out goals for transport services and mobility over the next 10 to 15 years and establish a program of urban transport investments needed to achieve these;
(ii) package and prioritize a phased investment plan with implementation milestones;
(iii) prepare a policy reform framework to improve the regulatory, enforcement and institutional environment and fast-track and strengthen project implementation.

The second part will study and prepare the first projects to be included in the tranche 1 of the implementation schedule. Main tasks will be:

(i) to update detailed design and conduct due diligences for Metro extension;
(ii) to undertake preliminary design and due diligences for the Mtkvari bridge;
(iii) to upgrade traffic management center study to reach a preliminary design stage;
(iv) to conduct economic and financial analysis of these projects;
(v) to carry out safeguards analysis (environmental, social and resettlement); and
(vi) to define procurement strategy and investigate possible PPP.

2. Tbilisi urban transport road map Sustainable Urban Transport Roadmap Assessment of the urban transport system in Tbilisi To prepare the urban transport strategic roadmap, the following tasks will be undertaken

(i) An overview of current urban transport situation and assessment of transport conditions in Tbilisi. This will make understand specificities of Tbilisi in terms of urban infrastructure, constraints, trends, transport demand and supply, and urban .developments and projects impacting mobility.
(ii) An assessment of the current traffic conditions, traffic management policy and road safety. It will analyze congestion issues (capacity, bottlenecks, backlogs), will list identified projects and will propose strategy, projects, new surveys or studies to be carried out.
(iii) A multimodal traffic forecasting model will be developed, calibrate and tested to understand current situation and analyze projects impacts
(iv) An assessment of the Public Transport system and the review of the Rapid Transit Development. This will assess the performance of the current network in regard to the demand. It will identify specific issues and backlogs and propose a public transport strategy with relevant improvements, extensions and/or new projects.
(v) An analysis of the parking situation in Tbilisi. The concession granted to 'Citypark', a private parking management company, to operate and develop parking policy in Tbilisi for 15 years has clarified the issue. The analysis will review the existing parking policy, parking supply and enforcement. It will assess current and future needs, issues and backlogs; and verify how the planned parking strategy for on-road parking and off-road parking can be integrated in the overall urban transport system.
(vi) An assessment of the intermodal and integration arrangements. This will review all actions and specific arrangements (physical and soft) taken to insure optimal and efficient transfers from one mode to another (car, metro, train, bus, microbus, taxi, two wheelers, pedestrians, etc). This review will assess the existing coordination between all modes, analyze issues and inadequate situation, and propose specific policy and improvements to build a multimodal transport· network and guarantee full efficiency of the urban transport system in Tbilisi.

3. To elaborate the multimodal traffic forecasting model, the consultant will conduct specific data collection to guarantee sufficient, reliable and homogenous information which will facilitate the monitoring of the investment plan. These surveys include:

(i) road counts
(ii) traffic surveys (Origin/Destination)
(iii) metro, bus and microbus surveys (Origin/Destination, transfers, ticketing, etc.)
(iv) parking counts

4. Consultations to build an integrated sustainable urban transport roadmap for Tbilisi

Based on the multimodal traffic forecasting model forecasts and the assessment of the different components of the urban transport system, the consultant will propose an integrated sustainable urban transport roadmap able to fulfill the needs and to provide integrated, cost-efficient, affordable and environmental-friendly solutions for Tbilisi. This will include:

(i) road, traffic management and safety improvements;
ii) public transport improvements and rapid transit plan for Tbilisi;
(iii) parking policy and investment development and integration with public transport;
(iv) intermodal and integrated arrangements with soft and physical improvements.

This roadmap will be discussed during a workshop with the Municipality, the government and other key sector stakeholders such as the bus and metro operators, civil society, NGO, and construction sector companies. Thematic working session will be carried out on the side of the workshop to address specific issues (gender, intermodality, etc.)

A dissemination program will be defined to raise public awareness and to share this vision particularly to inhabitants, travelers, possible investors and developers. An executive summary and handouts with cartographic support will be prepared to facilitate the setting out of web page" blog, videos and films. Exhibition panels on board presenting main outputs and proposals will be prepared for the workshop,