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The Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal published once a year by the Transport Division (TD) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The main objectives of the Bulletin are to provide a medium for the sharing of knowledge, experience, ideas, policy options and information on the development of transport infrastructure and services in the Asia-Pacific region; to stimulate policy-oriented research; and to increase awareness of transport policy issues and responses.

Solving transport issues requires simultaneous implementation of multiple countermeasures. In recent years, there have been great advances in telecommunications, automotive systems, electronics and computer technologies, which have enabled new innovations in transport systems, resulting in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). ITS can be an important tool for providing far-reaching solutions to pressing issues facing transport systems, ranging from accessibility, reliability, and efficiency to safety.

In 2015, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the General Assembly. The 2030 Agenda puts forward a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to stimulate actions in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. Transport is recognized as an important means of achieving various SDG goals and targets. In Asia and the Pacific, transport either directly or indirectly contributes to SDG goals 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16 and 17. (see

In this background, ESCAP TD has initiated several projects relating to ITS considering the potentials of ITS in Asia and the Pacific, and the current issue of the Bulletin focuses on the theme of “Intelligent Transport Systems”. Each of the four papers considers different interesting aspects of the subject.

Article 1. An advanced web-based support system for road safety decision-making
Article 2. Role of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications in the uptake of mobility on demand services
Article 3. Approach to prioritizing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) services in developing countries – the Mongolia case
Article 4. Cost effective evaluation study of intelligent public transport system based on social investigation