Tbilisi, Georgia, November 04, 2018
Aim Texas Overseas Management Group (AIMOMG) has attended a tender in joint Venture with SAMAN Corporation (Korea) and David Lupton and Associates Limited (DLA – New Zealand) for providing consulting services for Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program (Tranche 1 – SUTIP1/C/QCBS/07-201 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan – 42414-023) of Georgia, funded by ADB. Saman Corporation is the lead consultant in this assignment.
The objective of this study is the preparation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for the Tbilisi metropolitan area. The SUMP should build on the Tbilisi Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) Strategy and other previous studies, assess diverse development scenarios, define investment priorities and provide a clear roadmap for implementation.
The SUMP is aimed at the creation of effective and inclusive transport system ensuring equal accessibility and sustainable mobility to and within the city. The planning level for SUMP is the “functioning City” rather than City’s administrative borders. The planning principles are based on SUMP EU guidelines and modern planning approaches:
• Ensuring affordable, safe and sustainable mobility and equal access to urban opportunities for all.
• Creation of integrated transport system with well-defined and balanced hierarchy between the modes.
• Ensuring integration between different sectors and different levels of decision-making.
• Ensuring participation and involvement of all stakeholders throughout the process of SUMP development and implementation.
• Ensuring implement ability of the plan by assessing the financial, human and technical capacity of the City.
• Setting clear framework for monitoring and evaluation of plan implementation.
Tbilisi suffers from traffic congestion on major arterials during morning and evening peak hours, and air and noise pollution. This is mainly due to increased private car ownership and the deteriorating public transport systems, including discontinued tram and trolleybus services. About 80% of air pollution derives from motor transport and there is a concern on degradation of urban environment.
Tbilisi’s public transport systems consist of:
• two-line metro system
• 97 bus routes
• 191 minibus (marshutka) routes
• 2 cable-car lines (touristic destination)
The whole system carries 400 million passenger trips annually (1.1 million per day of which 250,000 by Metro).
SUMP planning cycle