New Low-Cost Transport Planning Method for Small and Medium-Sized Cities in Developing Countries

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Journal Article

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place - asia, land use - planning, planning - service improvement


transport planning, planning interventions, medium-sized city


Traditional transport planning methods are costly and require an advanced degree of understanding not only from the involved transport planning professionals, but also the politicians who must approve the resulting outcomes and transport interventions proposed that are based on these traditional methods. A different approach is proposed for small and medium-sized cities in developing countries that have less technical expertise and fewer financial resources to improve their public transport situation. This approach was trialed in a medium-sized city in West-Asia (Batumi, Georgia) and also in Central Asia, in a larger city (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). The planning interventions suggested in the medium-sized city were validated by an independent consultant at the request of Batumi City planning agency, using traditional transport planning methods, which shows promise for the new low-cost method proposed. With additional validation and research, it may be possible to expand and apply this method to South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and any other area of the world suffering from similar transport planning constraints to these developing regions. If successful, these planning methods could rapidly transform such cities and urban areas to become less carbon intensive and concurrently more efficient and comfortable for public transport users.


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