NAS/USAID Project – Urban Transport Policy and Intelligent Transportation System for a Megacity

Urban Transport Policy and Intelligent Transportation System for Efficient and Safe Traffic Management for a Megacity: Findings of a Project Funded by the National Academies and United States Agency for International Development.
The transportation management project for the megacity of Karachi, Pakistan was funded on the US-side by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)/ United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 2007-2010.

Karachi, Pakistan (traffic congestion, crowded buses, new interchanges)

The Pak‐USAID project developed and supported Karachi Metropolitan Intelligent Transportation System (MITS) plans, by adopting modern geospatial technologies, creating a GIS map of road network, implementing science models of air quality, and strengthening the research and education capabilities of the Pakistani partner institution. The project team members fostered close interaction and cooperation with the Command and Control Centre (CCC) of the City District Government Karachi, and were able to use CCC’s ITS video surveillance network to evaluate strategies for improving traffic flow and safety on major traffic corridors.

Karachi, Pakistan (CCC - ITS Infrastructure), 2010

Dr. Uddin’s note: More info on the project achievements are available at the National Academies web site.
• Trained 1,566 Pakistanis (13% women) in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Risalpur, Sukkur, and Khairpur.
• Launched three higher education partnerships between the United States and Pakistan.
• Facilitated M.S. degrees obtained by one Pakistani and two U.S. students.
• Published 6 research papers and made 6 presentations at conferences.

See post on project achievements related to GIS maps of the first comprehensive citywide annual traffic demand volume and associated greenhouse gas.

Findings from the MITS stakeholders’ workshop, annual monitoring of road infrastructure and congested corridors, and consensus recommendations at an international transportation conference were used to formulate a sustainable transportation policy for Pakistani metropolitan cities. The policy is applicable for most cities in South Asian and neighboring regions. Key subjects of the policy recommendation are:

  • Mixed Landuse, Pedestrian, Women, and Green Space Considerations
  • Road User Safety, Congestion, and Vehicle Emissions
  • Public Investment for Transit, Multimodal Strategies, and Freight Infrastructure
  • Traffic Management and Road Network Infrastructure Asset Management
  • Institutional Barriers and Infrastructure Investment Issues
  • A copy of the policy paper is available at the National Academies web site.

    Karachi Urban Transport Policy Report, August 2010: Front (left), Back (right)