• Santo Domingo

    Dominican Republic

Key Facts

Beneficiary Partner: Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in Santo Domingo 
Funding source for support: EU INTRA-ACP, European Commission, together with Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial, French Government
Duration of commission: 1 year
Volume: 500 000 € 
Implementing Partner(s): AFD
Beneficiary Partner (counterpart): Partner Instituto Nacional del Transporte Terrestre (INTRANT)



Land area:
GDP per capita:
3.4 million
1300 km²


The Challenge 

Located in the Caribbean region, Santo Domingo is the administrative, economic and political capital of Dominican Republic. With a population estimated at over 3.5 million inhabitants, representing one third of the country’s total population, and with a projection of 4.4 million by 2030, Santo Domingo will see exponential demographic growth. The lack of urban planning and the omnipotence of motorized vehicles has resulted in a very difficult mobility situation for its inhabitants. The city is now facing real mobility challenges with congestion that has grown exponentially in the past few years. These issues are worsened by an obsolete vehicle fleet (75% of the vehicles are over 15 years old), a lack of parking spaces, and by a defective drainage system in a country regularly affected by severe weather events.
The public transport system relies largely on informal shared taxis (carro-conchos), with an estimated fleet of 19,000 units. In 2004, the Government established a strategy for MRT development, and built its first metro line in 2008 and a second in 2012. The MRT system has been highly successful and now represents almost 20% modal share of the public transport system.
In this context, the main challenges in terms of mobility identified by Dominican authorities are the following: (i) lack of a formal integrated public transport system, (ii) absence of mobility planning & integration with land use, (iii) lack of regulation of private vehicle parking, (iv) insufficient policies and promotion of NMT, (v) lack of intelligent transport system to control and regulate the traffic.


Technical Assistance

Following the organization of Mobilise Days in October 2017 and the objectives of the MobiliseYourCity support program, the authorities of the Dominican Republic require:
  • The Elaboration of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Greater Santo Domingo.
The SUMP aims to develop the conditions to:
  • Ensure all citizens are offered transport options that enable access to key destinations and services;
  • Improve safety and security;
  • Reduce air and noise pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption;  
  • Improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transport of persons and goods;
  • Contribute to enhancing the attractiveness and quality of the urban environment and urban design for the benefits of citizens, the economy and society as a whole.  

Capacity Development


01 workshops/seminars



Main achievements in 2017
  • MobiliseDays
    • 3 days of participative seminars, organized by AFD and INTRANT, with support of CODATU, in October 2017
  • Deliverables
    • 1 SUMP for Santo Domingo (in progress)
    • 1 Methodological framework for GHG emissions tools
  • Investment
    • 1 potential project identified for future investment (Santo Domingo Metro Line 1 strengthening project – AFD loan / 100M€)
  • Outlook for 2018
    • Prospects / operational objectives;
    • The AFD appraisal of financing for Santo Domingo Metro Line 1 strengthening project (100M€);
    • The AFD is considering seeking EU CIF funds to support the implementation of measures and actions from (i) Santo Domingo SUMP and (ii) the national urban mobility strategy developed by INTRANT.
  • Next steps / key events
    • Steering Committee SUMP – Stage 2: Diagnostic presentation: July 2018
    • Steering Committee SUMP – Stage 3: Goal setting & measure planning presentation: Oct. 2018
    • Steering Committee SUMP – Stage 4: Plan validation: March 2019
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