Goals and Objectives
The overall goal of this project is to create the technical and institutional basis for implementing sustainable metropolitan transport networks and systems and establish a demonstration corridor for sustainable urban mobility.
The long-term vision for the three cities is to create a sustainable transport network in each metropolitan area that offers full citywide coverage, providing safe, efficient, and equitable transport to all residents, rich and poor. The project will support the respective governments in developing such a vision by sketching out a network that entails effective public transport, quality infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, corresponding travel demand measures and spatial development strategies to reduce travel.
To reach this target, though, starting with small steps in each city seems to be the most feasible approach. It is therefore the aim of this project to also support each government in establishing a first sustainable transport corridor, which can serve as a demonstration example and act as a catalyst towards expanding the proposed networks and measures throughout each city.
The national governments of the three countries and their local counterparts have recognized the importance of efficient, low-cost mass transit and non-motorized transport as a means of helping to alleviate poverty, spurring economic growth in the urban centers and providing alternative and affordable transport.
In recent years, activities have started towards developing and implementing urban transport policies for creating socially-equitable and environmentally-sound urban transport systems. This project, therefore, comes at the ideal time, just as these countries are beginning to recognize a need for sustainable transport but are still in the process of identifying the most effective solutions to meet their targets. This project will work directly with the governments to provide the necessary support towards implementation of cost-effective models that result in a maximum of environmental, social and economic benefits.
Because of the congruity between the cities, this project has been crafted with similar objectives in each city. The project will facilitate information sharing and lessons-learned between the three cities. This regional component will be instrumental in ensuring the project's success and long-term impact. Experiences from Dar es Salaam, the precursor of the SUSTRAN East Africa project will also be included in this regional component since this project is several steps ahead and can provide useful lessons to the three cities just getting started. The regional nature of this project, combined with the demonstration of environmentally-sound, socially-equitable urban mobility examples that are still relatively new to African urban regions provides great potential for replication. Once one or two cities in the region can demonstrate successes, other cities are likely to fall in step. This project therefore has the potential to change the face of urbanization, not only in the three cities in its focus, but throughout East Africa and perhaps beyond.
To work towards a more sustainable transport situation in Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi, UN-HABITAT will provide technical assistance and institutional support for the design and implementation of inter-related sustainable transport interventions in the three respective cities. This goal will be accomplished by facilitating the development and execution of four inter-related components in each of the three cities, as follows:
- Component 1: Technical assistance and institutional support for the development of a comprehensive sustainable metropolitan transport system in Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi
- Component 2: Planning and detailed design for implementation of a demonstration sustainable transport corridor in Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi, featuring bus rapid transit, non motorized transport and travel demand management measures.
- Component 3: Feasibility of application of clean vehicles and fuel technology initiatives in Addis Ababa, Kampala and Nairobi
- Component 4: Regional capacity building, awareness raising and networking