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Pressure to develop more sustainable transportation sector growing in Asia

There is a growing need for Asia to scale up its development of a sustainable transport system in order to resolve pressing road problems, such as congestion and pollution, with their resulting economic impacts, an Asian Development Bank transport forum observed.

Booming cities and rising incomes are said to be fueling a dramatic surge in vehicle fleets across the region. In 1980, only one out of 10 motorized vehicles in the world was found in Asia. But by 2030, it is projected that the region will account for almost half of the global sum.

The forum, attended by over 400 global transport stakeholders exchanging ideas, noted that the epidemic of cars and trucks already weighs heavily on the region, with its cities now suffering from the highest air pollution intensity in the world. In addition, traffic-related accidents kill about 2,000 people every day.

The forum noted that Asian policymakers are responding to the issue, as increasingly investments are allocated for railways and other non-motorized public transport, user-friendly urban planning, and the adoption of efficiency measures like fuel economy standards for vehicles.
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