Discussing the challenges of public transport projects

The EBRD organised a workshop in support of sustainable urban transport.

A developed urban transport infrastructure plays a key part in the economic growth of a city and is the backbone to fulfilling the population’s needs for access and mobility whilst improving living conditions, human health and safety.

For this reason the EBRD is dedicated to promoting better infrastructure and tackling major challenges in support of sustainable urban transport projects in municipalities throughout its countries of operations.

With this objective the bank organised its first Urban Transport Workshop in Batumi, a city on the Black Sea coast in south western Georgia and the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. The workshop was co-financed by the Shareholder Special Fund and the Early Transition Countries (ETC) Fund.

Sharing experiences and expertise

Forty sector experts, mayors, and representatives of public transport companies from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan and Serbia shared their experiences and expertise gained during the implementation of public transport projects and discussed and analysed the factors affecting the success of such projects.

The Workshop provided a unique opportunity for the key decision-makers to integrate this experience into projects under preparation in their countries.

Public transport in Batumi

Some of the EBRD’s projects have become beacons of effective transport provision, such as the Batumi Public Transport project. The city of Batumi benefited from an EBRD loan of €2.5 million in 2008. The Bank helped the city to restore basic municipal bus services and gave people access to reliable and affordable transport.

The rehabilitated bus fleet of 100 new mid-sized buses features new routes, for example, to the international airport in Batumi as well as major tourist destinations along the coast.