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How can secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific ensure that the various transport modal solutions are developed towards an integrated public transport network?
The CDIA-led session on “Integrating Low Carbon Solutions in City Transport System,” held 2 October 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in the Philippines served as a venue for showcasing good practices of cities in pursuing broad sector reforms to address in a holistic and integrated way their urban mobility challenges. It was part of the weeklong “Urban Transport for Livable Cities Forum” organized by ADB and its partners.
Lara Arjan, Project Officer of CDIA and Urban Development Specialist of ADB presented the work of CDIA in helping cities link their projects to financing through project preparation studies. She also shared some stories on how cities like Cochin (India), Islamabad (Pakistan) and Tbilisi (Georgia) have implemented multi-modal solutions, which were strongly anchored on medium- to long-term urban transport plans.
“Apart from livability and sustainability, we can look at the other benefits of integrated transport solutions such as health,” said Lara Arjan. “And because not everyone has cars, integrated solutions can likewise provide a strong foundation for equity,” she added.
Davit Jaiani, Deputy Head of Tbilisi Transport Department further elaborated on the challenges of Tbilisi City, and the measures they have taken to shift to a low carbon and sustainable urban mobility.
CDIA’s support to Tbilisi included pre-feasibility studies for the bus network improvement and introduction of surface transit system; as well as Metro System Upgrade. It also provided advisory to the City Hall Transport Department.
Appreciating their assistance, Davit Jaiani shared that ADB and CDIA have helped Tbilisi in many aspects of transport planning, including the development of taxi and parking strategies, as well as in the process of decision-making and human capacity. CDIA has likewise deployed consultants for on-the-job education, which ensured sustainability of capacity development efforts.
Other session presenters included Siddan Sivamathan on the innovative integration in Nagpur Metro (India), Jim Fletcher and Steven Dale on innovative car solutions in the cities of South America, and Edward Douma on transforming cities through bicycle planning.
Srinivas Sampath, Chief of Public-Private Partnership Thematic Group of ADB, and former Program Manager of CDIA served as the Session Chair.