April 20, 2011
Istanbul is suffering from heavy traffic.
1. The Project titled "Traffic Demand Management of Historical Area in Istanbul" implemented between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed on April 20, 2011.
2. "The Study on Integrated Urban Transportation Master Plan for Istanbul Metropolitan Area in the Republic of Turkey" (2007-2009) was implemented by JICA-IMM for contributing to the upgrading of mobility and accessibility within the city, and the regeneration of a more livable urban environment. Due to its importance from historical, cultural, educational and financial point of view and its unique beauty and dense passenger movement, Traffic Demand Management (TDM) in Historical Peninsula was specifically underlined in the Master Plan in order to minimize the time lost in travel, to provide integration among public transport vehicles.
3. The strengthening of Transportation Department's implementation capacity on TDM for Istanbul Historical Area is the target of this new Project that will be implemented between IMM and JICA. The project that is planning to take a period of 30-month will start with conducting traffic survey, traffic facilities survey and questionnaire survey etc. Following the analysis of survey results, Transportation Department's capacities will be strengthened through planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and analyzing of social experiments of TDM measures.
4. During the implementation of the Project, progress will be shared with relevant stakeholders. At the end of the Project, lessons learned from social experiments will be summarized as guidelines and will be shared with relevant parties. The outcomes of the Project are expected to contribute to "the Historical Area Management Plan" implemented by Istanbul Heritage Committee (Istanbul Municipality and UNESCO).