Almaty will adopt Sustainable Transport Strategy for 2013-2023

Jul 30, 2013

30 July 2013, Almaty. Yuriy Ilyin, Deputy Akim of Almaty City met with Stephen Tull, UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan in order to discuss work progress on “Sustainable Transport Strategy development for 2013-2023.”

The Strategy was initiated by Akimat of Almaty City. UNDP/GEF “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” Project provided technical support for the development of the strategy.

According to GEF/UNDP estimations, in case Almaty will follow existing transportation scenario when most of the investments are made towards the development of road networks and the number of car increases, by 2023, carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector in Almaty are expected to grow by 75%. Strategy implementation will help to reduce traffic by 30%, stop growth of transport emissions and reduce the number of kilometers driven by private car by almost 1.5 billion annually which is equivalent to over 10 times the distance to the sun.

In order to obtain the vision and the goals set in the strategy, the city needs to adopt eight major transport policies:

1. Improve level of service of public transport

2. Integrate transport and urban planning

3. Manage parking

4. Manage traffic

5. Promote cycling and walking

6. Promote low emissions car zones

7. Integrate the suburban transport network with the city

8. Develop road in sustainable manner

«I believe that our meeting will help our further cooperation and development of the sustainable transport system in Almaty. The strategy promotes a much more integrated approach, linking all modes of transport together and coordinating them with city development. This strategy will help provide a sustainable foundation for Almaty’s future», - said Stephen Tull at the meeting.

Yuriy Ilyin thanked UNDP for the work conducted and also noted: “Strategy sets the work plan for our territory departments until 2023. We need to clarify the mechanism of its implementation.”

Today, less than 30% of all trips are done by public transport in Almaty , at the same time, the bus system in Almaty is among the most congested systems in the world. In developed cities such as Zurich, Paris, and London, the share of public transport for all trips is more than 60%.

Now Almaty needs to ensure long term mobility and accessibility to all Almaty citizens, not only for car users, but also for the poor, the disabled, the young and the old. A transport strategy that focuses on mobility for all will achieve this purpose.

Many municipalities began to develop new transport policies that focused on moving people rather than cars, and made sure that transport systems would be more environmentally friendly and less polluting. Cities like Singapore, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Bogota, and New York started to shift from expanding their road networks towards investing in sustainable transport modes.

Cities that have adopted sustainable transport strategies have since found that they more efficiently allocate their budget on urban transport than previously. These cities have become more attractive places for residents and businesses and offer a higher quality of life than others that have not taken the same measures.

Contact information

Yulia Kaufman, PR-specialist GEF/UNDP “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” Project: 7 (727) 258 16 61,

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