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ADB and Timor-Leste launch Master Plan to provide sustainable public transport services

ADB and Timor-Leste launch Master Plan to provide sustainable public transport services

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DILI, 23 may 2024 (TATOLI) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Timor-Leste have launched the Timor-Leste Public Transport Master Plan (TLPTMP) to help the country achieve its vision of a future-ready public transportation system that supports economic growth, urban development, and quality of life across the country.

The long-term planning document provides a road map for the future growth and development of local public transport.

“The master plan will ensure that people have access to an efficient, safe, inclusive, climate-resilient, and sustainable public transport system,” said ADB Country Director for Timor-Leste, Stefania Dina.

“The master plan will also contribute to achieving low-carbon development and energy-efficient growth in the transport sector, in line with Timor-Leste’s Nationally Determined Contribution 2022–2030,” she said.

The TLPTMP facilitates the transformation of intra- and intercity public transport by reviewing existing public transport routes, improving bus stop and terminal facilities, and establishing new public bus routes.

The TLPTMP also provides guidance to organizations that manage and operate public transport systems. This is expected to strengthen the position of Dili, the country’s capital city, as a transport hub, while improving access to public services and economic opportunities for the Timorese through public transport.

“The need for public transport in Timor-Leste is a pressing issue, namely the need to develop and expand quality public transport with limited land and development resources,” said Transport and Communications Minister, Miguel Marques Gonçalves Manetelu.

“There is also a need to develop public transport systems and services that are resilient to the risks of climate change. To address these needs, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, with support from ADB, has developed the TLPTMP,” Manetelu said.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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