BRT detailed conceptual design for Vientiane completed
In July ITDP-China completed the detailed conceptual design for a potentially transformational BRT project in Asia in coming years: the Vientiane BRT. The project is still subject to final approval by the ADB and government of Lao PDR, but has received strong support from key Lao PDR officials and stakeholders. Vientiane is a city with immense appeal that is fast becoming overwhelmed by traffic congestion and related afflictions. BRT, together with TOD, parking reform, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities is essential to improving transport in the city. ITDP China has provided detailed recommendations and plans and designs for measures in all these areas, with ADB assistance and funding. Vientiane’s BRT is planned to have 24 stations along 11.5 kilometers of BRT corridors, and will be served by BRT routes covering more than 80 kilometers of roads in the city. The downtown corridor features a transit mall through the heart of the historical conservation zone.
ITDP-China's detailed conceptual design covered: difficult point analysis, corridor determination, cross-sections, and road layout for BRT corridors; Demand analysis & modelling, and preliminary operational plan; BRT stations; Traffic circulation and impact analysis; BRT costing & implementation schedule; Modal integration; Site visit and communications. Other aspects in less detail were also covered including: BRT institutions, regulation and contracting; BRT vehicles.