Transport is a crucial driver of economic growth, poverty reduction, and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Although the sector is crucial to reducing poverty, boosting prosperity and achieving sustainable development goals, transport is also at the heart of critical development challenges:
Rapid urbanization and motorization: Cities are expected to hold 5.2 billion residents by 2050. Over the next 20 years, more cars may be built than in the auto industry’s 110-year history (World Bank).
Accessibility and affordability: An estimated one billion people in low-income countries still lack access to an all-weather road. In many cities, time lost to congestion erodes prosperity. High mobility costs cut the disposable income of the poor who often lack reliable and affordable public transportation (World Bank).
Air pollution and road safety: More than 1.2 million people are killed and up to 50 million are injured on the world’s roads every year. Low and middle-income countries account for 90 percent of the deaths although they own just half the world’s motor vehicles. Urban air pollution, largely linked to transport, leads to the death of an estimated 800,000 people each year (World Bank).
Climate change: Transport contributes about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (IPCC). With motorization on the rise, that share is expected to grow dramatically (World Bank).
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