Ji'an, Jiangxi Province, China
Project Name: Jiangxi Ji’an Sustainable Urban Transport Project – BRT/NMT Design, Implementation and Operation Support
February 2016 to December 2021
Ji'an Urban Investment and Development Company (Project Management Office of Asian Development Bank project)
The Ji’an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan-funded Loan 3216-PRC: Jiangxi Ji’an Sustainable Urban Transport Project has gone through various iterations since the initial preliminary BRT planning was carried out by GMEDRI in 2013 and 2014, but the basic project components have always covered public transport, pedestrian & non-motorized transport facility improvements (including e-bikes) and road safety measures focused primarily on the city’s main avenue, Jinggangshan Avenue.
Far East Mobility Role
Far East Mobility’s role was originally specified as focusing on capacity building and support during implementation, but early in the project it became clear that a more active planning and design role was required especially regarding the BRT and public transport improvement component.
Project Name: Ji’an Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) along a BRT Corridor
January 2017 to September 2017
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Backed by an Asian Development Bank loan-funded project, Ji’an, a medium-size city in Jiangxi Province, was planning a north-south BRT corridor through the heart of the city and also connecting new development areas in the north and south. This presented an opportunity to leverage the significant investment in the corridor to provide a model for TOD around BRT stations along an entire corridor.
Far East Mobility Role
Far East Mobility cooperated with BRT Planning International for the TOD analysis and proposals.
During 2017 Far East Mobility worked on transit-oriented development (TOD) in Ji'an together with BRT Planning International, resulting in a series of articles on the challenges and context for TOD in Ji'an.
The initial focus of the work was on ensuring a good BRT corridor selection, and this was achieved in July 2017. In a major meeting on 17 July the two most senior city officials, the Mayor and Party Secretary, endorsed Far East Mobility's corridor recommendation of Jinggangshan Avenue. However, negative feedback was reportedly received from some influential members of the public, leading to the City abandoning the plans for median-aligned BRT and instead opting for curb-aligned bus improvements centred around a core high frequency bus network.
After working on BRT planning during 2017, Far East Mobility switched to working on the planning and design of a high frequency bus network in Ji'an, known as Ji'an Reliable Transit or JRT, during 2018 and into 2019.
Ji'an related resources include a TOD introduction, and an article on a real-time bus location application at bus stops in Ji'an.