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 Environmental Sustainable Transport Forum 2021-2030 Declaration on 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 data on the transport sector in 51 countries using more than 450 indicators. It also documents the institutional frameworks, policies, and financing of transport in these countries. This 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. Currently the ATO is in an interim phase, which will run until September 2021 after which it is intended that Phase 2 of the ATO will commence.

Data and Resources

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)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Policy (POL)

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




Asian Development Bank / SDCC

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

Other Access

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