Mongolia: Urban Transport Development Project

Sovereign Project | 39256-012

Summary

The TA will (i) analyze the current status of urban transport in Ulaanbaatar and identify the main problems and bottlenecks in the system; (ii) develop a comprehensive road map and investment program to improve urban transport management, infrastructure, and service quality; (iii) develop and prepare an integrated public transport and rapid transit plan and program; and (iv) prepare an investment project for potential ADB financing.

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Project Name Urban Transport Development Project
Project Number 39256-012
Country Mongolia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7156-MON: Urban Transport Development Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 1.20 million
TA 7156-MON: Urban Transport Development Project (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
TA 7156-MON: Urban Transport Development Project (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Urban roads and traffic management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA will (i) analyze the current status of urban transport in Ulaanbaatar and identify the main problems and bottlenecks in the system; (ii) develop a comprehensive road map and investment program to improve urban transport management, infrastructure, and service quality; (iii) develop and prepare an integrated public transport and rapid transit plan and program; and (iv) prepare an investment project for potential ADB financing. Specifically, the TA components will (i) identify and achieve agreement with the Government on priority investment needs; (ii) develop the urban transport road map and investment plan; (iii) prepare estimated financing requirements and develop an investment plan; (iv) prepare pre-feasibility studies and conduct due diligence for a package of physical investments to be supported by an ADB loan and other financing sources; (v) develop a package of technical assistance for institutional coordination and strengthening, behavioral change and enforcement, public awareness and outreach, and project implementation and monitoring; and (vi) provide transaction advice for a public private partnership (PPP) in the operation of public transport and rapid transit services. The TA will conduct detailed analysis of PPP options including management contract, leasing, and concession and advise the most suitable PPP modes for the public transport and rapid transit services.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Effective urban planning and access to affordable infrastructure services act as engines of inclusive economic growth. Urban development plays a central role in the economic development of Mongolia and is one of the key priority areas for ADB's investments. ADB's Country Operations Business Plan for Mongolia underlines the following investment directions aimed to maximize opportunities for urban development: (i) policy dialogue and reform; (ii) improvement of coordination and managerial capacity of institutions; (iii) involvement of private sector investors through public-private partnership (PPP); (iv) introduction of innovative technologies; and (v) narrowing of the financial gap in urban infrastructure investments.
Impact Ulaanbaatar economy and livability grow uninhibited by shortcomings in urban transport services and infrastructure.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved and sustainable transport systems that move people, goods and services efficiently, while reducing negative externalities of congestion, accidents and pollution.
Progress Toward Outcome To be assessed at a later stage of implementation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The TA outputs are: (i) strategic and sustainable urban transport; (ii) rapid transport scoping and pre-feasibility study; and (iii) central area sustainable transport.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The BRT, environment, resettlement, social and economic and financial analysis experts will have completed their assignments in June 2011. Another review mission is to be held from 29 August 2011. A loan reconnaissance mission was fielded from 20 November to 3 December 2011. The mission together with the government agencies discussed and agreed on the scope of the program. The scope will include public transport network improvement, BRT introduction, existing trolleybus bus infrastructure improvement, intelligent transport system installation, traffic management and traffic safety.
Geographical Location Mongolia
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Roads, Transportation, and Tourism, Ministry of Environment, and Municipal Government of Ulaanbaatar.

Following consultations with MGU, the Government, and other stakeholders, proposals will be made for improvements to public transport including identification of priority rapid transit corridors and appropriate technology, rationalization of bus routes to increase efficiency, strengthened regulatory systems and institutional capacity, physical infrastructure investments, and requisite institutional arrangements and capacity development

During Project Implementation The ADB and the government rated the TA successful. The outputs of the TA, such as the main report, four technial reports were of high quality and relevant to the Sichuan context. The executing agency commented that this was the only in-depth study on strengthening the public employment services (PES) in Sichuan that focused on equalization of PES and has developed an evaluation index system for the PES, based on a significant amount of qualitative and quantitative research carried out under the TA. The TA findings will be used for further policy development such as he province's plan for development of PES. The government and the ADB confirmed that the outcome of the TA was achieved, largely due to a strong ownership and commitment of the executing agency.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The consulting firm has been recruited and has been fielded.
Responsible ADB Officer Ki-Joon Kim
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Municipal Government of UlaanbaatarMr. B. Bayanjargalbatobayan@gmail.comUrban Development Policy Department Municipal Government of Ulaanbaatar Sukhbaatar Square-11, Ulaanbaatar-46 Mongolia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 May 2008
Fact Finding 12 May 2008 to 17 May 2008
MRM -
Approval 27 Oct 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 09 Jun 2008
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2014

TA 7156-MON

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Oct 2008 25 Nov 2008 25 Nov 2008 30 Jun 2009 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,625,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,825,000.00 27 Oct 2008 1,515,010.98

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