A Safer Metro for Tbilisi

Video | 23 March 2021

Tbilisi Metro, the backbone of the Georgian capital’s transport system, suffered from outdated power distribution cables and a poor ventilation system. To meet the government’s request to address urban infrastructure problems in accordance with its urban renewal strategy, ADB approved the rehabilitation of Tbilisi Metro with the cost of $15 million under the Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program multitranche financing facility (MFF).

As a result, 500km of the 23-station metro’s old power cables were replaced and the ventilation system was rehabilitated for the first time since it was built in the 1950s. The rehabilitation has removed fire hazards and improved air quality in the stations, making the daily commute safer. Through better infrastructure and reliable services, ADB is helping to improve living conditions in Georgia’s capital.

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Riding Tbilisi Metro is now much safer, thanks to a $15 million project by the Asian Development Bank.

For the first time since it was built in the 1950s, 500 km of old power cables have been replaced and the ventilation system has been rehabilitated.

These improvements remove fire hazards and improve air quality.

The 23-station metro is the backbone of Tbilisi’s transport system and one of the most popular modes of transportation with around 500,000 passengers daily.

An earlier ADB project funded the completion of State University metro station in 2017.

Through better infrastructure and reliable services, ADB is helping improve living conditions in Georgia’s urban areas.