Lots of big cities all over the world are searching for a solution to traffic chaos. Many people have no access to jobs, schools and hospitals because they have no way of getting to them. There is where modern transport strategies are required, and German experts are also contributing their development.
Let’s take a closer look at Vietnam, for instance. The Federal Government is providing low-cost funding for the construction of Line 2 of the Ho Chi Minh City Metro. The project is also receiving German know-how in the field of underground rail construction and operation. From 2016 onwards, the energy-saving and climate-friendly metro line aims to reduce air pollution in the southeast Asian metropolis and ensure that fewer people are killed and injured in traffic accidents. Experts from the two countries are also developing additional projects in the Vietnamese-German Transport Research Center. This research facility is run jointly by TU Darmstadt and the University of Transport and Communication (UTC) in Hanoi under the umbrella of the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) also assists partner countries in developing climate-friendly transport strategies. Bogotá is considered exemplary when it comes to modern urban development. The Columbian capital has a metro-like bus system with its own road lanes for fast connections and feeder buses linking outer districts. Other large Latin American cities like Lima and León de Guanajuato are learning from Bogotá’s experience thanks to contacts mediated by the GIZ.
Germany is supporting the planned bus rapid transit system called Rea Vaya (“We are going”) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The network also follows the Columbian example. Since August 2009, buses have been swiftly, comfortably and cheaply transporting 50,000 people a day to work in the city. The GIZ assisted Johannesburg with technical expertise in the planning, construction and development of funding and operating models.
InnoTrans, International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, from 18 to 21 September 2012, Messe Berlin