Public Transport Fundamentals

Public Transport Fundamentals
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Reach your objectives

  • Provide participants with fundamental knowledge on public transport and sustainable urban mobility
  • Increase awareness on the indispensability of public transport and sustainable mobility solutions in cities
  • Allow exchange of knowledge by tapping on UITP's international expertise
  • Present and discuss basic definitions related to the organisation and management of public transport and illustrate them with examples
  • Provide a conducive platform for networking opportunities and interaction amongst participants

A top level Methodology

  • Participate to interactive plenary sessions with introduction by course leaders, presentations by the trainer and open discussions with participants
  • Put your concepts in application by means of workshops
  • Exchange with your peers on current practices and your very own experience
  • Each theme will be approached as followed:
    • Basic principles and conceptual approach
    • State of the art development and innovations
    • Good practices examples
    • Interactive exchange between participants and groups discussion with public transport specialists

Who is it for?

  • Junior and senior professionals entering the field of public transport (less than 2 years experience in public transport)
  • Applicants must have a good command of English to appreciate the programme

Inspiring Trainers

Our skillful trainers are composed of UITP lecturers and international experts.

More trainers will be confirmed soon.


Arno Kerkhof, Head of Bus Division, UITP



UITP reserves the right to make amendments to the programme or any related activity

Session 1: The indispensability of public transport and global trends in mobility

  • What is sustainable mobility and why public transport?
  • How to measure sustainable mobility in cities? How to measure public transport usage?
  • Challenges and opportunities at global and local levels
  • Contribution to economic, environmental and social policies
  • Mega-trends and impact on urban mobility and public transport

Session 2: Public transport and the city: the main pillars sustainable mobility in cities

  • Integration of public transport and land use planning
  • Demand management tools: control and pricing of car usage; parking and traffic management; making sustainable mobility attractive
  • Development of the public transport offer: commercial speed, service quality, regulatory, comfort etc.

Session 3: Combined mobility: integrating new mobility services

  • Development of alternative mobility services: taxi, car sharing, bike sharing, carpooling, TNC/ride sharing, micro-mobility etc.
  • From the last mile to competition: do all these services contribute to sustainable mobility in cities?
  • Integration and Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Session 4: Public transport modes and the modal choice issue

  • Introduction to modes rail, metro, light rail and bus
  • Bus systems, BRT and new energies
  • Tramways and Light rail systems
  • Metro, automated metros, suburban railways
  • Other modes
  • Comparison of modes and modal choice

Session 5: Public transport regulation and organization

  • Organisational principles and forms
  • Advantages and limits of different forms of organisation
  • Decision levels
  • Regulatory frameworks and right of initiative
  • Competition for the market

Session 6: Contractual arrangements between authorities and operators

  • The use of contracts
  • Types of contracts
  • Share of risks and contractual arrangements
  • Quality incentives in contracts

Session 7: Funding in public transport

  • Funding: a business case for public transport
  • Revenue strategy and fare policy
  • Earmarked taxes and levies
  • Land value capture

Session 8: Customer-oriented management 

>Ticketing and information technology

  • Overview of practices and trends
  • Understanding electronic, mobile and account based ticketing
  • Travel information

>Human resources

  • Corporate Management and organisational structures of the PT company
  • Human resources role and quality management
  • HR challenges in public transport today

>Marketing in public transport

>Security: Top Threats - terrorism - security concept - prevention - preparedness and response - recovery – communication


21% VAT excluded

Until 22/04/2020

After 22/04/2020


1095 €

1540 €

Member « developing nations »*

770 €

1080 €


1375 €

1925 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

960 €

1350 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +)

1030 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

715 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +)

1285 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

895 €

* Participants from developing nations benefit from a special discount. Check here the list of eligible countries.

To register a group of 4 persons of more from the same organisation, please contact us: - Tel: +32 2 663 66 57

Participation fees include:

  • Training instruction
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • All training documents: all presentations and support documents. Access to all training material via UITP's electronic library Mobi+ (after the training)

Groups generally consist of 25 participants and are limited to about 30 in order to increase the learning experience and interaction during the programme. Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Terms and Conditions

Please download our Terms and Conditions here.

Contact Person

Sunita Kelecom, Training Assistant, UITP Academy,, Tel: +32-2-663 66 57

Practical information: 

Training Venue

Rue Sainte-Marie 6
1080 Brussels

Metro: Comte de Flandre/Graaf van Vlaanderen (line 1 or 5) or Tram 51: Porte de Flandre


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation.

Hotel Meininger  (***)
Quai du Hainaut 33
1080 Brussels
Phone:+32 2 588 14 74

Hotel Ibis Sainte-Catherine (***)
rue Joseph Plateau N°2
1000  Brussels
Phone: + 32 2 620 04 26

Hotel Hilton Brussels Grand Place (****)
Carrefour de l'Europe 3
1000  Brussels
Phone: + 32 2 548 42 11

Hotel Novotel Brussels City Centre (****)
Rue de la Vierge Noire 32
1000  Brussels
Phone: + 32 2 620 04 28

Hotel Metropole (*****)
31, place de Brouckère
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 217 23 00


Arno Kerkhof, Head of Bus Division, UITP


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