ITDP-China won an Asian Development Bank bid to prepare a detailed BRT conceptual design in Vientiane in the first half of 2014. This work was successfully completed, including BRT corridor selection, BRT station design, the design of all roads and intersections (including road layouts at and between stations) along the BRT corridor, institutional & regulatory issues, detailed costing for all components of the BRT project, and high quality modal integration plans, including implementation of pedestrian facility and parking reforms. ITDP-China's plans and designs in Vientiane, which were positively received by local stakeholders, are now the subject of a major forthcoming ADB loan.
Vientiane NMT Proposal
The main objective of this study and preliminary design is to provide a basis for the implementation of improvements for non-motorized transport (NMT) in Vientiane, preferably as part of an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan. A secondary objective is to provide input to the ADB study on NMT in three case study cities in Asia; the other two being Medan and Manila. The bulk of this work was carried over a three-month period from November 2013 to February 2014. Substantial additional and follow-up work
was also carried out throughout 2014. Also in 2014 a demonstration project component was outlined for implementation in 2015, which further informed the NMT recommendations.
Vientiane Parking Reform
Vientiane is growing fast with new shopping malls, residences, offices, restaurants and hotels built continuously. Growing prosperity and a lack of (high-quality) transport alternatives are leading to increased vehicle ownership, more traffic and higher parking demand. This parking reform proposal is part of the project ADB TA 7964-LAO: Vientiane Sustainable Urban Transport Project, describing the existing situation regarding parking, identifies the problems, supported by parking surveys and also the supply vs. demand analysis for parking, both on-street and off-street. ITDP-China also gave recommendations for Vientiane, including a parking zone, pricing, technology, design, enforcement, policies, setbacks, off-street parking, communications and costing.