Stakeholder Consultation on 2030 Transport Master Plan Alternatives
The development of the Strategic Comprehensive Transport Development Plan (SCTDP) for the City of Addis Ababa has been continuing and the Consultant’s expert team has now developed four transport plan options (“scenarios”). Following the assessment of scenarios, including feedback from the public consultation, a preferred option will be developed and taken forward to guide future transport planning and investment in the city. The four options are:
- Business As Usual (BAU) Scenario: A baseline scenario in which the transport system of Addis Ababa is not developed further, with the exception of the ordinary maintenance and the interventions that are already under construction, tendered, financed or at the latest stages of planning (awaiting for tendering), which are likely to be all implemented before the timeline of the other scenarios, which are all set at 2030.
- Institutional Scenario: The second scenario includes all actions and improvements that are comprised in the Structure Plan of the City of Addis Ababa (AACSP) and any other approved plans such as the Addis Ababa Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) Strategy, regardless of their state of implementation, as well as all the actions and improvements that are comprised in the BAU scenario, which are assumed to be present at the date of implementation of the Addis Ababa Structure Plan.
- Policy Oriented I (PO1) Scenario: This scenario has been developed by the SCTDP team to represent an “optimal scenario” which includes all the actions and improvements that are deemed necessary to reach the goals stated in the Transport 2030 Vision. This scenario includes a significant amount of road and street redesign, in order to provide traffic flow capacity and speed to support the growth of private vehicle use, not neglecting the safety. PO1 can be considered a full-growth policy scenario which favours economic growth and follows a “traditional mobility pattern” where greater emphasis is given to infrastructure for motor-vehicles, but not neglecting pedestrian-friendly areas, NMT and public transport as well as guaranteeing mobility, access and safety to the vulnerable categories of people.
- Policy Oriented II (PO2) Scenario: This scenario is similar to the previous one, but significantly less road infrastructure-oriented. The amount of road and street redesign is not as intensive and more emphasis is given to public transport infrastructure, pedestrian- friendly areas, NMT infrastructure and space for non-motorized mobility, with importance on the mobility, access and safety of vulnerable categories of people. The role of Public Transport is more important in this scenario than in the PO1. This scenario can be considered as a “sustainable growth” policy scenario, where an “innovative mobility pattern” is followed. This is by all means an “inclusion oriented” scenario, where the speed and volume of traffic are somewhat sacrificed in favour of social inclusion and equity. Analysis by the Consultants show that PO2 is the recommended option in terms of a wide range of environmental, social and economic criteria. This is designed to support the sustainable urban development of Addis Ababa in the coming years, although it will require significant investment.
The next step is to gather feedback from organisations and the public on the four options. We encourage you to look at PO2 in particular and we are very interested in hearing feedback on aspects such as:
- How do you feel about investment in greater levels of public transport infrastructure such as light rail, bus rapid transit and safer cycling networks (PO2), rather than prioritising road transport (PO1)?
- Do you agree with the proposed light rail and BRT routes outlined in PO2? What should be improved?
- What do you think of the concept of road charging scheme in a limited central part of the city? This is designed to reduce private vehicles entering the central areas, but would be supported by increased public transport options.
- What are your road safety concerns in the city? Would you support greater speed controls and safer school zones?
- Do you agree that freight traffic should be better controlled in the city centre, with certain hours in which larger freight vehicles are not able to operate?