Bhutan Transport 2040: Integrated Strategic Vision

Publication | June 2013

This publication establishes the building blocks to enable Bhutan to achieve its vision for transport. The vision is ambitious and reflects the changing socioeconomic development of the country.

Bhutan, in 2040, will be very different from what it is today. The transport system then needs to respond to the changing needs and demands. The Transport Integrated Strategic Vision 2040 incorporates all existing transport-related plans, policies, initiatives, and actions to create a long-term comprehensive strategy for the country.

Vision for Bhutan's transport future

An integrated strategic vision can only be realized if it leads to a sustainable transport system. This requires an approach that involves moving people, goods, and information in ways that reduce the impact on the environment, develop the economy, and strengthen society.

It should include using more energy-efficient transport modes, improving transport choices, using cleaner fuels and technologies, applying information technology, and adopting progressive urban and regional planning approaches to reduce or replace physical travel.

About the report

This publication draws largely from a report Bhutan Transport 2040 Integrated Strategic Vision, a subproject of a regional technical assistance on Development Partnership Program for South Asia, financed by the Government of Australia through the Australian Agency for International Development.

This was the first study in Bhutan to integrate sustainable transport vision and strategies.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Country Context
  • Transport Vision and Strategies
  • Road Network Strategy
  • Civil Aviation Strategy
  • Passenger Transport Strategy
  • Freight Transport Strategy
  • Regional Transport Connectivity Strategy
  • Urban Transport Strategy
  • Road Safety Strategy
  • Road Transport Regulation Strategy
  • Transport Sector Management Strategy