Transport is important to the people and economy of Hong Kong. Many millions of dollars could have been saved if we spend less time on transport. There are over 6.9 million people in Hong Kong. If everyone in Hong Kong could save 10 minutes a day on transport through the use of intelligent transport system and better land use-transport planning and the saving is just 1 dollar per minute, we could have saved 69 million dollars a day and over 25,000 million dollars a year. This amount would have been even much higher if we include the time that could be saved in transporting goods. Transport also closely affects the air quality and sustainability of our environment. We could save much energy and have a cleaner environment if we use more public transport and mass transit system and cleaner fuel. Although compared with other cities in Asia, we already have a very good transport system in Hong Kong, there is still much research to be carried out to improve the efficiency, equity, safety, comfort, services, and environmental friendliness of our transport system for a better Hong Kong. For example, we will have a much better living environment and make Hong Kong more competitive if we can reduce the air pollution from our transport system.

The transport sector has played a role of fundamental importance in the development of Hong Kong and will continue to do so in the future. Hong Kong's status as a global city derives in large part from the role that it plays as a key hub in the international air transport and maritime shipping systems. The future development of Hong Kong will be closely linked to its continuing role as the leading port in southern China.


The Institute of Transport Studies is a university centre. It seeks to identify research programmes as mission oriented activities and not by traditional academic disciplines alone. In doing so it would undertake to:

  • Establish a database of all academic staff and research students in the University engaged in transport related research, their areas of special expertise, the titles of the projects in which they are engaged.
  • Promote through its activities collaboration within the University on multi- and inter-disciplinary transport research and the application of research grants.
  • Promote inter-institutional, regional and international cooperation in transport studies.
  • Publicize locally and internationally the image of the University as an institution committed to transport studies in Hong Kong, the region and worldwide.
  • Organize seminars, conferences, and workshops on transport studies.

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Organization Structure


Professor Becky P. Y. Loo

Department of Geography

deputy Director

Dr. W. Y. Szeto

Department of Civil Engineering

Chairperson of Transport
Policy Committee

Dr. Jiangping Zhou

Department of Urban Planning and Design

Chairperson of Transport Technology Committee

Professor P. C. Lai

Department of Geography

Chairperson of Transport
& Environment Committee

Professor Dennis Leung

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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