Seoul Traffic Vision 2030

“Seoul, a city whose advanced transportation network makes private car ownership unnecessary!”

  • Doubling of the surface area of sidewalks.
  • Provision of a public bicycle service free of charge throughout Seoul.
  • Construction of an excellent road network that is safe for all users including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
The prospects for Seoul in 2030 with the core values of ‘People, Sharing, and Environment’.
People-Oriented Traffic
  • Promotion of walking and cycling
  • Reduction of fatal accidents
  • Protection of general rights of the ‘people with mobility handicaps’
All Sharing Traffic
  • Construction of a train-centered public transport system
  • Realization of faster public transportation
  • Creation of a joint-ownership traffic environment
Environmentally-Friendly Traffic
  • Creation of a low mobility society
  • Construction of an efficient and Environment-Friendly Trafficnetwork
  • Advancing the traffic culture together with the citizens
By 2030, the city of Seoul will have evolved into a city with a highly convenient transport system, where people will not need to rely on their cars.
  • Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its Seoul Traffic Vision 2030 (proposal) in December 2013. This long-term plan encompasses all forms of traffic and transportation, including public transport, roads, side-walks, city railway systems, and the vision for Seoul’s traffic and transportation over the next 20 years.
  • The Seoul Traffic Vision 2030 (proposal) is the root plan of city’s entire spectrum of traffic policies. The visions and directions stated in the proposal will serve as the fundamental basis of all of the traffic policies to be established by the City in the next 20 years.
  • SMG has selected three core values for this vision,  namely, ‘People, Sharing, and Environment‘, in  consideration of ongoing sociocultural changes such as the rapidly ageing population, changes in people’s values regarding quality  of life, high-tech development, climate change, resource depletion and energy shortages.
  • The main directions of the proposal – which is built upon the three core values of ‘People, Sharing, and Environment’ – are  「People-Oriented Traffic」,「Common Sharing Traffic」, and 「Environmentally-Friendly Traffic」, together with eleven more promises to support the policy directions.

Eleven more promises

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① Creating a pedestrian-oriented traffic environment

② Creating a bicycle-centered environment

③ Realizing a ‘Road Safety Conscious Metropolitan City’

④ Creating obstacle-free traffic conditions and providing services that everyone can use

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⑤ Constructing an efficient railway-centered public transportation system

⑥ Providing fast and convenient public transport services

⑦ Promoting the Common Sharing Traffic culture, a culture of sharing road space and transportation

Environment

Environment

⑧ Lowering the unnecessary movement, ‘low mobility society’

⑨ Transforming the transportations and facilities into environment-friendly transports

⑩ Creating a clear congestion-free traffic environment

⑪ Communicating and reaching a consensus with the public throughout the whole process of the government’s promotion and establishment of its traffic policies will result in the creation of an advanced, citizen-oriented, ‘traffic-culture city.’

People-Oriented Traffic : doubling of the surface area of sidewalks, adoption of 100% low floor buses, reduction of traffic accidents

In order to embody the 「People-Oriented Traffic」 policy, our government plans to promote a pedestrian-first and bicycle-friendly lifestyle, which it is hoped will result in a dramatic reduction in the number of traffic-related accidents.

① Creating a pedestrian-oriented traffic environment

  • Doubling of the surface area of sidewalks in downtown areas (2013,  10,130,000㎡).
  • Remodeling of Sejong-rointo a pedestrian area and implying this road remodeling project to the other side of town.

  • Expansion of the trial run of the ‘exclusive public transportation area‘ in Yeonsei-ro.
  • Development of a promenade that combines city tours, culture and shopping into one integrated experience.

② Creating a bicycle-centered environment

  • Expansion of the public bicycle rental service in Seoul, similar to the VELIB (public bicycle sharing system) in Paris, which will enable people to ride by bicycle everywhere in town.
  • Reinforcement of the connection with public transportation by extending bicycle paths to public residential areas.
  • Extension of the public bicycle service to the main parts of the city. 
  • Connection of the public bicycle service with existing rental services operating under each district office and along the Han River.

③ Realizing a ‘Road Safety Conscious Metropolitan City’

  • Improvement of traffic conditions in residential areas.
  • Preventing road deaths by setting the speed limit at 30km/h within residential zones in the entire city by 2030.
  • Implementation of the ‘car park lot proving system’, a mandatory system which obliges car owners to own a parking lot at the time of car purchase, will reduce the number of pedestrian accidents caused by illegal parking in the narrow streets of residential areas.
  • Construction of a dynamic management system using public transportation, including buses and taxis, to collect and manage information on road traffic conditions.

④ Creating obstacle-free traffic conditions and providing services that everyone can use

  • Conversion of all city buses into low floor buses (2013. 27% or 2,022 buses).
  • Expansion of the ‘obstacle-free streets‘ construction,which is going on in between Ttukseom Station and Seoul Forest, to the other side of the town.
  • Promotion of the use of  normal taxis in call-taxi services for the disabled.   *50 such taxis will be in service by July.

All Sharing Traffic : making subway stations and car share centers accessible from anywhere in town within five minutes

Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to reorganize the public transport systems and establish a road space/car sharing culture throughout the entire city in a bid to realize 「All Sharing Traffic」.

⑤ Constructing an efficient railway-centered public transportation system

  • Operation of more express trips on metro lines where demand is high.
  • Construction of railway lines in between downtown areas.
  • Creation of an environment in which subway stations are accessible within ten minutes from anywhere in town.
  • Reconfiguration of the three downtown areas, i.e. Hanyang-Doseong (the old central city), Gangnam, and Yeouido, connecting trunk lines with KTX and Great Train Express(GTX), the new railways promoted by the central government.

  • Extension of railway lines to all transport-underprivileged regions.

  • Continuous expansion of Great Train Express(GTX) lines that connect Metropolitan areas.

⑥ Providing fast and convenient public transport services

  • while completing the connections between the bus lanes, operating them in various form during the high demanding hours and areas 
  • Redevelopment of the current bus lines into railway supportive lines.
  • Provision of a better service during peak hours: enlarging and regulating ‘night bus’ lines in consideration of floating population, providing a ‘safe taxi on demand’ service.

⑦ Promoting the Common Sharing Traffic culture, a culture of sharing road space and transportation

  • Introduction of the ‘Complete Street’ concept, whereby pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers and other users of various means of transportation all share one road.
       

    * Extra road space will be needed for all users (pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers, public transport users), while establishing new roadsand repairing old ones.

  • Generalization of the car-sharing service to foster a sharing culture aimed at the convenient utilization of cars, even for persons who do not own a car.
        * Expansion of the 292 car-sharing service center (2013) → 1,200 centers (by 2030), so that people can access the service center within 5 minutes from anywhere in town.
        * Planning of a long-term project for personal car sharing (P2P).

Environment-Friendly Transportation: constructing zero parking lot buildings and deploying traffic alarm systems across the city

To establish an 「Environment-Friendly Traffic Culture」, the rate of car distribution will need to be reduced from 18.4% → 10%, existing public cars will need to be transformed into/replaced by environment-friendly cars (0.2% → 100%), and traffic congestion on highways will need to be reduced from 19%→10%.

⑧ Lowering the unnecessary movement, ‘low mobility society’

  • Application of a mileage-based payment plan whereby driver are charged according to the distance traveled.
  • Construction of large buildings with zero parking lots.
  • Implementation of telecommunication and smart work to ensure flexibility in work shifts : reducing traffic congestion during peak times and unnecessary commuter journeys.

⑨ Transforming the transportations and facilities into environment-friendly transports
  • Conversion of energy consuming roads into the self-energy producing and self-pollutant purifying roads.
     * Realization of the energy-producing ‘Solar Way’ by utilizing public transport facilities such as bus stop shelters, streetlamps, soundproofed walls and road surfaces.       
     * Application of rain and pollutant absorbent road pavements together with renewable pavements.

  • Generalized adoption of eco-friendly cars with no emission of pollutants in the entire car industry including buses, taxis and private cars.

⑩ Creating a clear congestion-free traffic environment with no severance of roads (UNCLEAR!)

  • Conversion of highways, (mainly Jemulpo-gil, Sebuganseon-doro and Dongbuganseon-doro) into underground tunnels and development of the upper ground into public parks or bicycle roads as public life and recreation spaces.
  • Provision of a ‘traffic forecast alarm system’, a service that notifies users of current or imminent traffic conditions and allows them to identify the best route, most effective mode of transport, and quickest travel time.

⑪ Communicating and reaching a consensus with the public throughout the whole process of the government’s promotion and establishment of its traffic policies will result in the creation of an advanced, citizen-oriented, ‘traffic-culture city.’ 

  • Adoption of a monitoring system and policy-governance led by the public (members of the general
    public, professionals, and the ‘people with mobility handicaps’)
    inthe planning phase of any traffic projects
    * Minimization of problems in the early stage and rapid complementation of policies through an organic monitoring and feedback system. 

Goal of achieving “Triple 30%”: volume of car traffic ↓ by 30%, commuting time by public transportation ↓ by 30%, and size of green transportation area ↑ by 30%

Seoul city will keep its eleven promises based on its 『Seoul Traffic Vision 2030 (proposal)』in order to achieve the ‘Triple 30′, namely, a 30% reduction in car travel, a 30% reduction in commuting  times by public transport, and a 30% rise in the use of green transport. Therefore, an increase in the rate of green transport (walking, cycling, public transport) distribution, from 70% to 80%, and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from 1.2 tons per year to 0.8 tons per year are anticipated by 2030 as a result of the implementation of this vision.

Seoul’s complicated and inconvenient traffic situation has been resolved by the creation of an advanced city transportation system in the last 20 years. We now look forward to the success of our new vision under which Seoul will serve as a compass to lead the next 20 years, and evolve into a convenient public transportation city where the ownership of private cars will be rendered obsolete by 2030.