Urban transport systems across the world are already under significant pressure, without a transformation in policy, and step change in effort, they will not be able to cope with the anticipated urban growth. If urban transport fails – urban development will not be sustainable. Lack of access to goods, services and opportunities is often the root cause of urban inequalities.
ADB is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. Headquartered in Manila, and established in 1966, ADB is owned and financed by its 67 members, of which 48 are from the region and 19 are from other parts of the globe.
ADB estimates that 80% of Asia’s economic growth will be generated in its urban areas, supported by migrants in search of jobs and economic opportunities. Sustainable urban transport solutions are crucial to mitigate the growing congestion and pollution in the region’s sprawling urban centers.
Established in 2006, with the support of Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, The China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC) strives to be a national, regional, and international Center of Excellence for research and development, communication & dissemination, and education & training in future urban transport.