Building Leaders in Urban Transport

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As cities become the engines of economic growth, they are becoming major contributors to GHG emissions. They are also faced with severe congestion, deteriorating air quality and an increasing incidence of road accidents. This is adversely impacting the health of the people and constraining economic growth. Building flyovers and road widening has often led to long run increases in road traffic and congestion. Others have built rail mass transit systems, but high costs have limited their extent and coverage. So what is the way out – what is the right direction to take?

It seems that a piecemeal approach to deal with urban mobility is not the way to go. The approach has to be more comprehensive, and multimodal, encompassing both supply side and demand side measures. It has to go beyond a mere building of facilities to understanding linkages with land use planning, human behavior, affordability, environment, etc. It needs to incorporate institutional arrangements and also ensure financial sustainability. Thus, a comprehensive or integrated approach is called for.


It is with this background that a 5-day learning event is being held in Dubai f. Organized jointly by the World Bank and the UITP MENA Center for Transport Exellence, with support from Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, PPIAF, Korea Green Growth Trust Fund, and ESMAP, this event aims at developing leadership capabilities in urban mobility planning. It seeks to create awareness of what integrated mobility planning involves, what are its different components and how it needs to be undertaken. It will use a “hands on” learning approach, making extensive use of case studies, group exercises and site visits – all aimed at highlighting linkages between the different components of the urban transport system. The workshop will be preceded by a 5-week self-learning phase, from participants’ work locations, during which they will need to go through a self-learning course, based on materials provided to them. The self study phase will involve about 24 hours of self paced learning (approximately one hour a day), and will cover topics ranging from land use and transport planning to environmental and social issues in urban transport planning. The workshop will seek to bring all the pieces together through case studies and group work, and will cover aspects such as:

  • Diagnosing the key problems being faced by a city
  • Systematic approach to Integrated Mobility Planning
  • Corridor Management
  • Public Transport Planning and Evaluating Alternatives
  • Role of Government
  • Financing and PPP


Participants profile

Ideal participants would be policy-makers and planners from national, state and city level governments who are responsible for “putting the pieces together”. Participants from civil society, consultants and professional staff of consulting companies would also find the program very useful. Potential faculty from local training institutions would also gain from this program.



Day 1 

09:00 Welcome address by UITP and the World Bank 

  • Briefing on schedule and logistics (World Bank and UITP) 

09:30 Participants Introductions and Key Issues in Urban Transport Quiz 

10:15 Evolution of Urban Transport in Dubai 

11:00 Coffee Break  

11:30 Ice Breaker Activities   

12:00 Urban Transport Diagnostic Tool/Group Exercises 

13:00 Lunch    

14:00 Case Study: Jakarta's Transportation Problems 

15:30 Coffee Break   

16:00 Group Exercise (participants) 

17:30 End of Day 1


Day 2 

09:00 Case Study: Delhi Metro Airport Express

10:30 Coffee Break    

11:00 Funding and Financing Options for Urban Transport 

12:00 Status of Public Transport Operations in Amman: Issues and Challenges 

12:45 Lunch 

13:45 Public Transport Governance and Institutions in Amman 

14:15 Group Exercise - Presentation of City Diagnosis (participants) 

14:45 Coffee Break

15:00 Site Visit 

17:00 End of Day 2


Day 3 

09:00 Case Study: Transmilenio

10:30 Coffee Break    

11:00 Alternative Analysis 

12:00 Presentation on Demand Management 

12:45 Lunch Break 

13:45 Smart Mobility: Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Vehicles 

15:00 Site Visit  

17:00 End of Day 3


Day 4 

09:00 Debriefing on Site Visit 

09:15 Case Study: LAMATA, Lagos 

10:45 Coffee Break 

11:15 Integration of Public Transport Systems 

12:15 Lunch Break 

13:15 Tendering and Contracting of Public Transport Services 

14:15 Coffee Break

14:45 Group Work (participants)


Day 5

09:00 Case Study: Yogyakarta Bus Terminal 

10:30 Coffee Break 

11:00 Group Exercises

12:00 Lunch Break 

13:00 Group Work and Group Presentations (participants)

15:00 Coffee Break 

15:30 Feedback on Quiz 

16:30 Valedictory Session




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Euro 2365                                 Euro 3000

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Participation fees include:

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


Practical information: 

Training venue

RTA Training Centre
Marina Plaza
15 Floor 
near Dubai Marina Mall

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How to get there?

  • From Dubai Marina Tram station 2 minutes walk 
  • From DAMAC properties metro stationsits 5 minutes walk. 



The Address Dubai Marina Hotel

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