Feasibility Study for a Mass Transit System for Damascus Metropolitan Area

Syrian Arab Republic
Date: April 2002 - December 2002
Client: Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry

Project overview

This feasibility study was carried out for the Governorate of the City of Damascus and financed by the French Government for the purpose of finding an effective, lasting solution to the urban transport problem in the metropolitan area of the city of Damascus, by implementing a mass transit system.

The study involved analysing the various corridors and possible technologies and evaluating different combinations in order to recommend a public transport solution in terms of technology and alignment as well as preparing financing and project organisation strategies for implementing the chosen solution.

Our missions

The study comprised the following three phases:

Phase 1 - Selecting corridors: full analysis of the metropolitan area including aspects such as population, socio-economic situation, urban layout and journeys, in order to determine the corridors suitable for accommodating a public transport system. Two corridors were selected

Phase 2 - Selecting technologies: study of four public transport technologies for the purpose of determining the two most suitable ones (bus, trolleybus, tramway, metro). Preparing a preliminary design for each of the corridors

Phase 3 - Assessing the alternatives: comparative study of the technologies per corridor as regards investment costs, running costs, ease of insertion, environmental impact, social advantages in terms of time savings for users or reduction of vehicle operation costs. One technology and one alignment were recommended for each corridor at the end of this phase.