ADB is supporting a sustainable transport project in Hubei province in the People’s Republic of China. The project will build a bus rapid transit corridor in Yichang city, which will connect the main districts, provincial bus terminal, and the high-speed railway station. It will develop pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and include road works to accommodate through traffic and freight traffic.
|Project Name||Hubei-Yichang Sustainable Urban Transport Project|
|Country||China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development - Urban public transport
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
The Hubei-Yichang Municipal Government proposes a project with the following components: (i) road reconstruction and installation of bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor (18 kilometers [km]), (ii) establishing BRT services; (iii) construction of two road sections (24.7 km) to support logistics park development and to accommodate increasing pass-dam transshipment demand; and (iv) support for non-motorized transport (NMT), travel demand management (TDM) in Yichang central business district (CBD) through parking management.
The proposed Project is aligned with the key thrusts of ADB's assistance to the PRC under the PRC Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) in the areas of: (i) inclusive growth and balanced development by promoting urbanization in less developed regions, and (ii) resource efficiency and environmental sustainability by promoting efficient and sustainable urban transport and transit-oriented development. The focus on public transport and multi-modal integration fits well with ADB's Sustainable Transport Initiative (STI)
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Yichang is facing two main transport challenges. The first challenge is to develop its transport system to support urban and industrial development in a sustainable way. The main districts, industrial sites, stations, and terminals need to be served by efficient public transport services to reduce transport cost, provide increased accessibility to jobs and services, and promote economic development. Currently bus services have no lane priority and the route structure is not adequately serving the city. The second challenge is to enhance the logistics hub function of Yichang by providing efficient accessibility to the logistic parks being developed in the city, and provide means of meeting the increasing demand for pass-dam transshipment. An efficient logistics hub function and increased pass-dam transshipment capacity will decrease logistics costs and environmental costs around the region by enabling increased use of inland waterways.|
|Impact||Efficient, inclusive, and sustainable transport system in Yichang|
|Description of Outcome||Efficient passenger and freight transport|
|Progress Toward Outcome||All contract awards for civil works and equipment packages completed. Contract variations and removal of the advance account ceiling approved by ADB. Reallocation of loan proceeds and increase of ADB disbursement percentage approved on 21 November 2018. PCR mission still to be determined.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Bus rapid transit system
2. Nonmotorized transport measures
3. Road network improvement
4. Capacity building and quality assurance
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
All works completed.
All works completed.
Yemingzhu section fly-over construction (2.5 km) funded by local financing opened to public in June 2017. BRT section under the fly-over, excluding B28 Pinghu station became operational in February 2018.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is classified as environment category A. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) report and environmental management plan (EMP) that comply with ADB Safeguard Policy (2009) and PRC regulatory requirements have been prepared for the project and were disclosed on the ADB website on 14 December 2012. The EIA concludes that anticipated environmental impacts and risks are modest and can be limited to an acceptable level through the implementation of the EMP and compliance with loan covenants. Capacity development and institutional strengthening are proposed to minimize environmental risks. The EMP assesses potential impacts of the project components, sets out mitigation and monitoring measures, institutional arrangements, training requirements, and budgets for implementation of the EMP.|
The project is category A for involuntary resettlement.16 The resettlement impacts of the project include land acquisition in rural areas and demolition of rural and urban houses and urban commercial structures (shops). Nine villages and one urban neighborhood in Yichang city will be affected. The total permanent land acquisition is 1,797.5 mu. Demolition will involve 56,106.60 square meters (m2) of residential structures. Together, land acquisition and demolition will affect 1,453 persons in 370 households. The project will also involve demolition
of 325 m2 of shops along the BRT corridor that will affect 25 persons in nine shops. The project will temporarily occupy 528.59 mu of land.
|Indigenous Peoples||There are no ethnic minority communities that will be adversely affected by the project, which is category C for indigenous peoples.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Yichang Municipal Governemnt (EA), Yichang Provincial Government are consulted for project scoping and design during mission and through subsequent correspondances.|
|During Project Implementation||Consultation and participation strategy will continue during implementation.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Anders Pettersson|
|Responsible ADB Department||East Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||EASI|
Yichang Municipal Government
No. 102 Yanjiang Blvd.
Yichang City, Hubei PRC
Post Code : 443000
|Concept Clearance||15 Dec 2011|
|Fact Finding||05 Dec 2012 to 12 Dec 2012|
|MRM||16 Apr 2013|
|Approval||21 Aug 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Mar 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|21 Aug 2013||30 Oct 2013||06 Jan 2014||31 Dec 2018||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||515.10||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||150.00||21 Aug 2013||145.11||0.00||97%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||21 Aug 2013||150.00||0.00||100%|
|Status of Covenants|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|PRC: Hubei-Yichang Sustainable Urban Transport Project||Advance Notice||Archived||17 Jul 2013|
No contracts awarded for this project were found
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Hubei-Yichang Sustainable Urban Transport Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Feb 2016|