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Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi is undergoing significant changes with the upgrading of its public transport system. With massive work still needing to be done, CDIA’s advisory and project preparation support will help facilitate the city’s shift to sustainable mobility.
On 19-25 January 2020, CDIA’s Program Manager Neil Chadder led various kick-off meetings with the Transport Department (TD) and other partners to launch the Tbilisi City Hall Transport Department Advisory Project. He also met with officials of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Tbilisi Transport Company and other stakeholders to develop the Terms of Reference (TOR) for CDIA’s project preparation study under cover of ADB’s Livable Cities Investment Program.
The Advisory Project will assist the TD to implement bus priority measures, cycle lanes and parking programs as part of the effort to redesign approximately 100 km of urban roads. The designs and outputs will be prepared by TD staff, but under the guidance of CDIA experts.
It will likewise assist in the development of the city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan supported by ADB, by monitoring its progress and ensuring the delivery of its outputs.
Moreover, it will assist TD to identify priority public transport-related projects, which could be financed by ADB; and undertake broader capacity building and public transport knowledge development within the City Hall.
Meanwhile, CDIA’s second project will help prepare the ADB Livable Cities. Among the activities identified in the TOR include: assessment of the 23 metro stations to ensure universal and inclusive access; linking them with other modalities such as bus, minibus, cable cars and non-motorized transport; evaluation of the potential for additional metro access points in select stations; improving the environs of the metro stations; and prioritization of investment works and their corresponding feasibility/preliminary designs.
“CDIA has been collaborating with the city since 2016, having been able to complete three project preparation studies. With these additional projects, we hope to serve as a springboard through which the city can make the successful transition to a sustainable urban mobility,” said Neil Chadder. “This shift is vital to improve the environment, public health and the overall livability of Tbilisi, while paying close attention to the mobility needs of the poor, women, elderly, and other vulnerable segments of the population,” he added.