Vientiane, Laos is a small but growing city. Traffic, which was nearly nonexistent just a few years ago, is now growing quickly and jams are becoming a part of everyday life. The Asian Development Bank is spearheading the Vientiane Sustainable Urban Transport Project (VSUTP) to reverse this reality before Vientiane goes the way of so many other Asian cities. With components of BRT, NMT, and parking management, the VSUTP has the opportunity to create a livable, walkable, pleasant Vientiane with a strong downtown that continues to draw tourists, still so critical to the Lao economy. BRTPlan has taken on the crucial role of building the government’s capacity to implement this project.
BRTPlan spent the month of December 2015 in Vientiane interviewing government entities, departments, and individual staff to assess existing capacity and roles within the government. BRTPlan then used its extensive experience with institutional structuring to recommend an appropriate structure to manage this major project. BRTPlan sees this initial engagement as a first step towards preparing the government in Vientiane to manage the design, construction, and operations of these important projects.