4 Description of Feasibility Study Tasks

Chapter 1 – City Profile

A brief overview of the city should be presented in terms of its growth, economy, spatial structure and development trends, along with perspectives on future growth and administrative context.

1.1 General/Historical Background:This should be brief and simply aimed at providing an understanding of how the city has developed and on the relationship between the communities and the transport sector.

1.2 Location, Climate, Physical Setting, Regional Linkages: This should also be brief and, again, aimed at establishing the relationship between the city and its location and surroundings, specifically in relation to other, nearby cities and the impact of passenger transport flows from these to the city in question.

1.3 Demographic and Socio-Economic Profile: This should show the current population growth, the density on the main corridors (and of the city as a whole), migration patterns, spatial patterns of growth and the projected population figures for the next 20 years. The income distribution levels are also important, as a rapidly growing middle-class population tends to progress from motorcycle to private car use as income allows. This has had a highly detrimental impact on traffic and congestion levels in many developing country cities.

1.4 Urban Land Use Structure / Activity Distribution: This should cover the existing Planning Study Areas, existing and projected land use distribution, review of zoning regulations (zoning and FSI pattern and its appropriateness), employment distribution, and major activity locations (business areas, universities, hospitals, transport terminals etc.).

The presentation of this chapter should contain suitable maps or, if existing maps are outdated, base maps can be obtained from satellite photographs (high definition) available on the internet.

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