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  • 40
    The Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) expects that 40 Chinese cities will have subway systems by 2020, quadrupling the current urban rail network length. In September 2012, the NDRC approved plans for 25 new urban rail projects...
  • 5 billion
    Nearly 5 billion people living in developing countries have access to a mobile phone (Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile, World Bank).
  • 1 billion
    About one billion people living in rural areas in developing countries still do not have access to reliable (all-weather) roads.
  • 2%
    of carbon emissions worldwide is contributed by the aviation industry. The industry is strongly committed to reducing carbon emissions by setting the CO2 reduction target to 1.5%.
  • 9%
    Transport costs amount to 9% of export values on average for developing countries, against 4% for developed economies.
  • 75%
    of maternal deaths could be prevented through timely access to essential health care. Transport and road infrastructure play a key role in accessing that care.
  • 600 million
    It is estimated that over 600,000,000 passenger cars travel the streets and roads of the world today. Source:
  • 21
    There are 21 megacities in the world today (National Geographic, January 2011). A megacity is a metropolitan area with a total population in excess of 10 million people.
  • 109 million
    Annual world bicycle production is currently estimated to be at 108,799,200 units. Source:
  • 90%
    Over 90% of the world’s fatalities on the roads occur in low-income and middle-income countries, which have only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles.
  • 90%
    More than 90% of goods in value and more than 80% in inland freight volume are carried by road.
  • 3
    Every 3 minutes, a child is killed in a road crash.
  • 50
    50 years ago, on May 1, 1961, the World Bank approved the New Tokaido Line Project for Japan financing the fastest train service in the world.
  • 3
    According to WHO men aged less than 25 years are nearly three times as likely as women of that age to be killed in a road-traffic accident.
  • 2,238
    Number of transport projects supported by loans from the World Bank (IBRD and IDA) between 1961 and 2010 (fiscal years).
  • 368 million
    Amount of new lending for air transport projects around the world in fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009 - June 310, 2010)
  • 109 million
    estimated number of bicycles produced in the world annually. Source:
  • 40%
    reduction in travel time on average was recorded for roads rehabilitaed in Armenia under the Lifeline Road Improvement Project.
  • 10,700
    In the last 10 years, 10,700 bridges were constructed, rehabilitated or maintained with funding from International Development Association (IDA).
  • 3,200
    People die from road traffic injuries every day. 90% of these deaths are in low and middle-income countries.
  • 99%
    Of the 515,000 maternal deaths that occur every year, 99 percent take place in developing countries.
  • 92%
    of transport projects financed by IBRD in the last five years had outcomes rated satisfactory by the Independent Evaluation Group. (
  • $9.3 billion
    World Bank's new commitments for transport projects worldwide in fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010). Source: Preliminary lending data as of July 12, 2010.
  • 20,329
    Length of Georgia’s road network (in kilometers). It comprises 1,497 km of international roads, 5,446 km of secondary roads, and 13,386 km of local roads. (Source: Project Appraisal Document, Kakheti Regional Road Improvement Project)
  • 40,000
    kilometers of roads have been constructed or rehabilitated and another 40,000 km have been repaired or maintained in World Bank projects that were completed between 2007 and 2009.