ADB Pushes For Investments in Transportation Systems

The Asian Development Bank is pushing for investments in transportation systems that use new technologies to adopt to social distancing and increased take-up of non-motorized transport amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In its new report titled “Guidance Note on COVID-19 and Transport in Asia and the Pacific,” the multilateral bank said future investments in transportation among developing countries in Asia should serve the immediate needs of the population amid the health crisis, but should also be more resilient to future disasters.

The report noted initial trends in cities emerging from lockdowns showed public transit is still considered to be relatively unsafe and usage is not bouncing back as quickly as the use of private vehicles, cycling, and walking. 

The report said investing in transport systems that incorporate green and smart technologies would enable countries to sustain reductions in carbon emissions during lockdowns.

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