Options for Railway Infrastructure Development in Tbilisi: Comparative Analysis of the Alternatives
Babunashvili, Giorgi | March 2018
Tbilisi has been one of the key junctions within the national and regional junctions. Railway lines leading to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia’s Black Sea ports, and soon a major international line leading to Europe via Turkey, all converge in Tbilisi. Didube and Nadzaladevi districts are the areas of the city most covered by railway infrastructure, where a large-scale logistics junction has been operating for several decades. Parts of these districts could now be considered as part of the city center, and the profile of this former industrial zone has changed significantly since the railway infrastructure was first built. The city’s population has also increased significantly and, in some areas, residential properties are located very close to the railway tracks. This presents a variety of urban, environmental and safety-related challenges, which prompts the need to assess various alternatives for the development of railway infrastructure in Tbilisi in the future. This study compares the following four alternatives: keeping the status quo (Option 1); the 2009 Tbilisi Railway Bypass Project (Option 2); a city tunnel from Navtlughi district to Didube district (Option 3); and retaining the city’s main railway line and central station, but relocating all other railway infrastructure from the Didube-Nadzaladevi districts to the city’s peripheral districts (Option 4).
CitationBabunashvili, Giorgi. 2018. Options for Railway Infrastructure Development in Tbilisi: Comparative Analysis of the Alternatives. © Policy and Management Consulting Group. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/8267.
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