Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project (SUTIP)

Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project (SUTIP)

Most of Indonesia’s larger cities face transport-related problems, ranging from reducing role of public transport, high occupancy and growth of private cars, worsening congestion and a growing number of road accidents to sustained noise pollution and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These result not only in health risks for residents but also make public spaces essentially unusable for pedestrians. Despite the availability of technical solutions, implementation lacks at different levels.


The project follows a dual track approach to contribute to the sustainable development of the country and improving the quality of urban life

  • Support for the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS). In collaboration with the partner ministry, the project is working to improve the policy framework for the introduction of climate-friendly mobility (strategies, guidelines, five-year planning). Developed proposals undergo intensive discussion before being adopted. The project advises the urban transport department of the Ministry of Transportation on drafting and implementing key documents.
  • Support for selected cities. The project is working in four cities on Java and Sumatra (Bogor, Surakarta, Yogyakarta and Palembang) and two agglomeration areas (Greater Denpasar and Greater Bandung) to integrate national guidelines into municipal transport plans and implement new action plans for the sustainable development of transport. The public bus system is undergoing restructuring with the objective to prepare for the introduction of BRT systems, while initial concepts for transport demand management (TDM) and for non-motorised transport are introduced, each adapted to the prevailing conditions in the respective cities.

Results achieved so far

  • Transport Policy complies with principles of sustainable urban mobility 
    Through the project’s support for a revised national transport policy, a range of different proposals and approaches have been intensively discussed and subsequently adopted. Planning and the initial interventions at the local level comply with the principles of sustainable urban mobility. The new National Medium Term Development Plan (2015-2019) (RPJMN) for the first time emphasizes urban transport as one of the priorities in the next 5 year infrastructure development.
  • Transport Action Plans in Four Partner Cities 
    Action plans have been prepared for the transport systems of the four partner cities. These have been discussed and shared with the relevant local authorities and institutions to ensure better cooperation and coordination for their implementation.
  • BRT Concepts in Partner Cities Developed
    In collaboration with the transport authorities, planning offices and transport operators, the project has developed concepts and operational plans for bus rapid transit (BRT) systems. All four partner cities have started introducing Transit bus solutions with the ultimate objective to upgrade to BRT.
  • TDM: Progress in Parking Management and Motorbike Usage
    Transport demand management measures have been introduced, and are now undergoing revision. Particular progress has been made in parking management. Additionally, the use of motorbikes has been restricted.
  • Pedestrian Friendly Development in Partner Cities
    One of the declared aims of all the partner cities is to make themselves more pedestrian-friendly. A number of streets and urban districts now have improved pavements and the project supports measures to develop pedestrian zones.