Asian Transport Outlook (ATO) is initiated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to strengthen the knowledge base on transport in the Asia-Pacific region. The ATO is developed in support of the planning and delivery of ADB Transport Sector Assistance. The ATO also supports Asian governments in transport policy development and delivery. ADB is working with other interested parties in developing the ATO as an instrument to track the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Paris Agreement and other relevant international agreements on sustainable development in the transport sector.
The ATO covers 51 economies in the Asia Pacific region, including all developing and developed ADB members in the region as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation
The initial design of the ATO was developed during Phase 1 (November 2020 – May 2021). During this phase an initial set of 463 indicators was identified, divided over eight workbooks. A substantive start was made with the population of a National Transport Database, from primary and secondary data. It also made a start with the documentation of the institutional frameworks, policies, and financing of transport in the ATO economies.
Following Phase 1, an Interim Phase (June 2021 – September 2021) was implemented during which an Urban Transport Database was developed covering 460 cities and which included 80 indicators. A baseline report was developed for the Aichi 2030 Declaration on Environmentally Sustainable Transport as well as a status report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Transport Sector in the ATO economies.
Phase 2 of the ATO (November 2021 – November 2022) expanded information in both the National Transport and the Urban Transport Database. The national indicators have been streamlined to exclude pending indicators and projection indicators and which will be added back once data is available. To further broaden the knowledge base on transport a cost database was developed. To gain insight in the development of the transport sector in Asia the Asia 2030 Transport Outlook was developed. To improve access to the ATO data an ATO interface: AsianTransportOutlook.com was developed.
Planning for Phase 3 of the ATO (2023-2024) is underway.
The ATO team members as of Phase 2 are: