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ADB's Focus on Transport

ADB assists member countries in developing Asia to building transport infrastructure and services which contribute towards low-carbon, safe, accessible, and affordable transport systems.

In the Spotlight

Bangladesh’s Railways Moving with the Times

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Bangladesh’s Railways Moving with the Times

Passengers enjoy comfort and amenities on a new train funded by ADB as part of a $200 million project to boost key rail corridors in Bangladesh.

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Connecting Places, People, and Profits in Pakistan

Upgrading Pakistan’s transport network will boost regional trade flows, and allow Pakistan to benefit from its position as a transit artery for goods passing through its Arabian seaports on the way to other countries in South and Central Asia, and to the People’s Republic of China.

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ADB's Biggest Philippine Project to Improve Transport from Northern Provinces to Manila

The Malolos-Clark Railway Project, part of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), will be ADB’s biggest project in the Philippines and will cut travel time from Clark to Metro Manila to less than 1 hour from the current two- to three-hour travel by bus.

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Fiji’s Ports Are Upgraded to Become Safe Havens of Trade

Maritime trade is the backbone of Fiji’s economy as imports and exports accounted for 62% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2017. ADB contributed a $16.8 million loan to upgrade Fiji's ports, making them safer and more efficient.

Transport Issues in Asia and the Pacific

Road Safety and Social Sustainability

Road Safety and Social Sustainability

Out of an estimated 1.18 million deaths and millions of injuries globally each year due to road accidents, 60% occur in Asia.

Urban Transport

Urban Transport

About 44 million people are being added to Asia's urban population every year, equivalent to 120,000 people a day.

Addressing Climate Change

Addressing Climate Change

Asia’s motorized transport emissions have become a significant contributor to the global problem of greenhouse gas emissions that leads to climate change.

Cross-Border Transport

Cross-Border Transport

As part of ADB’s support for regional economic integration, transport has a critical role to play in enabling growth in trade.

Data: Transport

Transport: Results of ADB-Supported Operations, 2010-2018

Results achieved are aggregate amounts of outputs and outcomes from operations reported in project completion reports and extended annual review reports circulated for the year.


 148,785,943 average daily vehicle-kilometers use of roads built or upgraded in the first full year of operation

148,785,943 average daily vehicle-kilometers: Traffic benefiting from built or upgraded roads in the year after project completion. Vehicles are buses, trucks, minivans, cars, motorcycles, and other motorized means of conveyance, depending on the country and location. Daily vehicle-kilometers is to be calculated by adding all distances in kilometers traveled by all types of vehicles in a day on roads built or upgraded.

 25,937,061 average daily ton-kilometers use of railways built or upgraded in the first full year of operation

25,937,061 average daily ton-kilometers: Railway freight benefiting from built or upgraded railway in the year after project completion. Ton-kilometer is often based on data provided by the railway company, as revenues are typically collected on this basis. If this is not available then daily ton-kilometer is calculated by multiplying the daily freight tons carried by the average number of kilometers hauled. The indicator excludes urban rail.

 107,917 kilometers roads built or upgraded

107,917 kilometers: Length of expressways and national highways (i.e., fully access-controlled roadways) and provincial, district, and rural road networks (i.e., roads without full access control) built or upgraded, expressed in kilometers.

 2,744 kilometers railways constructed or/and upgraded

2,744 kilometers: Length of railway tracks built or upgraded in kilometers (double tracks do not count twice). Railways refer to intercity and/or regional rail infrastructure.

Project Performance, 2000-2018

ADB Projects on Transport

Project Results

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Reconnecting Solomon Islands After the Cyclone Ita Floods

PADB’s Transport Sector Flood Recovery Project helped reinstate bridge approach roads, culverts, and stream crossings and rebuilt three elevated bridges, reestablishing a seamless east–west road link on Guadalcanal and within Honiara. All works incorporated climate- and disaster-proof design.

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Pakistan: Responding to Disaster with Partnership

When an unprecedented disaster struck Pakistan, ADB joined with other partners to provide lasting solutions.

Project Result / Case Study

People's Republic of China: Cleaner Urban Transport for Clearer Skies

In the People's Republic of China, cities are using innovative financing to modernize their public transport systems, clean the air, and decongest roads.