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Mongolia : ADB, Mongolia sign grant to improve transport services in ger areas
Publish Date : 26-May-2020
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Mongolia signed a $2 million grant to improve the accessibility, safety, security, and quality of transport services along the Chingeltei street corridor in the ger areas of Ulaanbaatar city.
â€œThe project will demonstrate approaches to improve security, accessibility, and quality of public transport services, and boost road safety, that can be replicated in other transport corridors in Ulaanbaatar,â€ said Mr. Ramachandran. â€œIn the process, this project is socially inclusive in benefiting the poor, women, and the disabled and disadvantaged in the community.â€
The project aims to demonstrate initiatives to improve transport services by improving public transport access, facilities, and service in Chingeltei corridor; enhancing pedestrian safety facilities and residentsâ€™ safety awareness along Chingeltei street, and promoting behavior change and engagement in the community.
This corridor was selected in coordination with the Public Transport Service Department and the Governorâ€™s Office of Capital City in line with the Ulaanbaatar City Masterplan due to the prevalence of persons with disability, complex terrain, road safety issues particularly for children, and high public transport ridership
The route is marked by various public transport issues, including bus stops without seats or shelter, missing footpath sections, and clogging from private vehicles and taxis preventing buses from docking at the curb. Residents highlighted personal safety and security as an issue due to lack of footpaths and poor lighting. The area also has a poor road safety record with 80 crashes along the route in 2018, with 12 involving pedestrians.
A people-centered design approach that draws upon the active participation of users has been used to develop the project and this will continue throughout detailed design and implementation.
The project will directly benefit 12,104 females and 11,540 males, of which 7,336 are children, and 454 are persons with disabilities (PWDs) in two Khoroos (districts) in the ger areas.