Laos to build BRT to ease traffic congestion in capital Vientiane

2017-01-10 15:59:59 GMT2017-01-10 23:59:59(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

VIENTIANE, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Finance has been sourced for construction of the Vientiane Sustainable Urban Transport Project, also known as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a project to improve public transport and ease traffic congestion in the central area of Lao capital Vientiane.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a loan of 35 million U.S. dollars, while another loan of 15 million U.S. dollars was offered by the OPEC Fund for International Development, and a loan of 20 million U.S. dollars was provided by the European Investment Bank, said Putthaxay Sirisack, a technical officer in charge of project coordination under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport's Department of Transport on Tuesday.

The project comprises five main activities involving public transport systems, parking management and enforcement, and traffic management systems. The activities will also improve public spaces and non-motorized transport as well as institutional capacity.

The project will develop an 84-kilometer Vientiane BRT network, including an 11.5-kilometer dedicated bus lane from Wattay International Airport to Nongbone village, Xaysettha district.

The BRT buses, through the dedicated bus lane, will offer rail-like system services that will offer quicker transport services, which will in turn reduce traffic congestion.

Construction of the project is expected to complete during 2020-2021, reported state-run Vientiane Times.

Some 96 modern minibuses and 150 three-wheeled vehicles will be purchased, Putthaxay said, adding that the three-wheeled vehicles will be used to deliver passengers from bus stops to various small lanes.

The project will create a pedestrian-friendly urban transport system in Vientiane, where two-thirds of daily trips are taken on motorbikes and public transport accounts for less than one percent of daily trips, according to the ADB.

The BRT system will feature 24 enclosed stations, and new low-carbon emitting buses. Enditem