Asian Transport Outlook Database


ADB has initiated the Asian Transport Outlook (ATO) 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. At the same time, the ATO supports ADB's Developing Member Countries 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, the Paris Agreement and other relevant international agreements on sustainable development in the transport sector. Likewise, the ATO also serves as input in regional transport initiatives, such as the ESCAP Regional Action Programme for Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific, the ASEAN Kuala Lumpur Strategic Action Plan and the Aichi 2030 Declaration on Environmentally Sustainable Transport.

The ATO is an open data resource that creates an institutionalized process for transport data and policy information collection, analysis and documentation.

The ATO collects, organizes, and shares national level data on the transport sector in 51 economies in the Asia Pacific region using more than 450 indicators. It also documents the institutional frameworks, policies, and financing of transport in these economies. Apart from the national level database the ATO also contains an urban database which consists of 84 indicators covering 460 cities.

The ATO is a multiyear program initially funded by ADB but eventually intended to become a stand-alone program with funding from multiple sources. Phase 1 of the ATO ran from November 2020 to April 2021. Following an interim phase that ran until October 2021, the ATO Phase 2 will run from mid-November 2021 till mid-September 2022.

For information on the ATO please contact Jamie Leather, Chief Transport Sector Group ADB ([email protected]) or [email protected] 

Data and Resources

Master List of Indicators (XLSX)

As of 31 March 2022

National Infrastructure (INF)

Infrastructure (INF) describes in quantitative and qualitative manner (a)physical road, rail, waterways-ports, aviation-airport infrastructure that enables transport, (b) information and communications technology (ICT) Infrastructure, (c) infrastructure to produce different types of fuels used in transport)

National Transport Activity & Services (TAS)

Transport Activity and Services (TAS) describes in quantitative and qualitative manner all forms of transport activity and services through the use of transport infrastructure. This includes description of the vehicles used in transport

National Access & Connectivity (ACC)

Access and Connectivity, (ACC) describes access (physical or digital) provided by different forms of transport and the connectivity characteristics of transport systems at different geographical scales.

National Road Safety (RSA)

Road Safety, (RSA) describes all information related to the safety of transport and combines: (a) information on traffic accidents (fatalities and injuries) (b) safety features of transport infrastructure, (c) safety features of vehicles used in transport

National Air Pollution & Health (APH)

Air Pollution and health, (APH) describes all information related to transport related ambient air pollution and non-road safety health related and includes (a) Ambient air quality, (b) vehicle related air pollutant emissions, (c) fuel quality characteristics, (d) general health related information, e.g. activity levels.

National Climate Change (CLC)

Climate Change, (CLC), describes all information related to transport related climate change and combines: (a) ambient GHG emissions, (b) vehicle related energy consumption and GHG emissions, (c) climate vulnerability and impacts of transport infrastructure

National Socio-Economic (SEC)

Socio-Economic, (SEC), describes all information on: (a) socio-economic parameters that drive the development of transport, and (b) specific economic impact of transport and its externalities on society at large.

Miscellaneous (MIS)

Miscellaneous (MIS) this is a rest category for all other indicators.

National Policy (POL)

Policy (POL) provides an overview of transport policy documents and policy targets, covering all categories of the ATO.

Urban Transport Database (XLSX)

The Urban Transport Database contains indicators on Infrastructure, Urban Form, Structure and Land-use, Activity and Services; Access and Connectivity, Road safety; Air Pollution and Health; Climate Change; Socio-Economic; and Miscellaneous




Asian Development Bank / SDCC

Sector and thematic data published by ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC).

Other Access

The information on this page (the dataset metadata) is also available in these formats.