AMS Course: Planning Public Transport Services

AMS Institute will host a week-long course on Planning Public Transport Services (PPTS) from May 15-19. The course will provide the ultimate guide to public transport planning, operations and policy. The course is designed for professionals working in the public transport domain including urban and transport planners, operators and analysts, consultants as well as for young researches.

The objective of the course is to combine traditional operations and new approaches to service planning and finding solutions to difficult and persistent public transport problems.

Transport is a major challenge for cities and regions worldwide. Providing high quality public transport has long been seen as a pro-active means of addressing the negative economic, environmental, social and urban consequences of traffic congestion. However, public transport service planners and operators face a range of practical financial, operational and social challenges in developing services. Financial pressures in particular demonstrate a need for increased productivity in achieving improved outcomes. At the same time, the public transport sector is facing great opportunities and challenges in the age of urbanization, big data, the shared economy and environmental concerns.

Course topics include strategic planning, network design, economic appraisal methods, performance evaluation, market forecasting and priority measures. Special attention is given to service reliability, improving the transfer experience and new emerging on-demand services. This course covers public transport planning topics identified as priorities for learning by participants in previous courses. They are designed to be relevant to all conventional public transport modes including bus, tram and rail.

An international team offers this course in the exemplar city of Amsterdam which offers many learning experiences.

Graham Currie, Monash University, Australia
Australia’s first Chair in Public Transport and an internationally recognized public transport service planner and researcher. Director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University independently assessed as in the top 3 research groups in the field in the world. Professor Currie is an ex service planner with London Transport and is Vice Chair of the US Transport Research Boards committee on Light Rail Transit and a member of the Public Transport Planning and Development committee. He is developer and director of the research clearinghouse.

Avi Ceder, University of Auckland, New Zealand & Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
A leading international researcher and lecturer in the field of public transport operations; is Honorary Professor and Founder and Former Director of the Transportation Research Centre at the University of Auckland. Professor Ceder is a major author and lecturer on public transport operations planning and has delivered public transport short courses in Hong Kong, Australasia, Europe and North America (MIT and Berkeley). He has authored a leading international book in the field ‘Public Transit Planning and Operation’ Elsevier, 2007, and appeared recently in 2016 as 2nd Edition by CRC Press; both editions were translated to Chinese, Tsinghua Pub. Press, 2010, and 2016.

Oded Cats, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Assistant Professor in Public Transport Operation at the Department of Transport and Planning at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His research revolves around modelling and measuring the dynamics of public transport networks. His main areas of expertise include multimodal urban networks, operation strategies and public transport simulation and assignment models. He is a member of the US Transport Research Boards committee on Transit Management and Performance and Public Transportation Marketing and Fare Policy. His research activities often support transport agencies and operators’ decision making.

Niels Van Oort, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Niels Van oort is with Delft University of Technology and via his job as a public transport consultant at Goudappel Coffeng he supports transit authorities and operators. His main fields of expertise are public transport planning, dealing with the passenger perspective, service reliability and Big Data. He performed a PhD on service reliability and he is involved in several studies concerning network and timetable optimization.

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