China, People's Republic of: Hubei-Yichang Sustainable Urban Transport Project

Sovereign Project | 45023-002 Status: Active


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.

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Project Name Hubei-Yichang Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Project Number 45023-002
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3014-PRC: Hubei-Yichang Sustainable Urban Transport Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 150.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Efficient passenger and freight transport
Progress Toward Outcome Contract awards for six civil works packages completed. Signed contracts for three equipment packages have also been received by ADB in May-June 2015. Disbursement is about 66% of the $150 million.
Implementation Progress
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)

18 km BRT section went into operation on 15 July 2015.

To be assessed

To be assessed


Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

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.
Involuntary Resettlement

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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Kim, Ki-Joon
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
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 28 Sep 2016

Loan 3014-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
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 144.48 0.00 96%
Counterpart 365.10 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Aug 2013 122.21 0.00 81%

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