The pace of urbanization and motorization in Asia has outrun the efforts of the national and local governments to improve urban public transport systems. The use of personal vehicles is dominant, and the mode share of public transport is still low in many cities. Asian countries and cities face multiple challenges in ensuring accessibility, enhancing sustainability, and providing high quality and inclusive mobility services, and at the same time minimizing emissions, energy consumption, congestion and pollution. Now, there is greater urgency to address social issues while planning and developing urban passenger transport systems.
COVID-19 has had profound impact on the way people travel. Many countries and cities had introduced various policy measures and practices to facilitate mobility while safeguarding the health and well-being of commuters. Still many countries and cities are grappling with regaining commuters trust in public transport. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to rethink passenger transport planning in the short-, medium- and long term.
Additional efforts of countries and cities are required to further enhance sustainability, inclusiveness, and resilience of urban passenger transport systems.
In this context, the purposes of the workshop are to: (i) discuss the current situation of urban passenger transport in Asian cities; (ii) share the results of sustainability assessment of urban passenger transport in Asian cities using the Sustainable Urban Transport Index (SUTI); (iii) share the experiences of Asian countries and cities in dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 on urban mobility; and (iv) discuss post-pandemic policies and strategies to enhance sustainability, inclusiveness and resilience of urban passenger transport systems in the region.
Transport/urban transport policy makers from member States and cities, experts, academia, and representatives of international organizations are expected to participate in the regional workshop.
Interested participants are requested to submit their online registration as soon as possible but no later than 15 October 2021. Further information on the conduct of the regional workshop, including technical guidance and virtual workshop link will be communicated to participants upon receipt of their registration.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Wanna Kunsabfueng, email: [email protected];
Mr Madan Regmi, email: [email protected]