Bus Network Design and Route Planning

Bus Network Design and Route Planning
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Offering an attractive and integrated public transport network is at the heart of (political) strategies aiming at offering high quality mobility services and promoting sustainable transport modes. Good public transport systems will keep cities accessible, liveable and competitive. Reorganising a bus network can play a crucial role to attain such political targets, in particular when the city and congestion is growing, when high capacity rail or bus corridors are being restructured or when citizens change their travel behaviour. These trends affect the shape of demand for bus services according to areas of intensification or opportunity and urge cities, transport authorities and operators to rethink their bus network.

Furthermore, cities are expanding and facing increasing congestion. As a result, there is a need for public transport to cater for growing demand, without necessarily benefitting from more public funds. A solution to this is to optimise and readapt bus networks to improve operational efficiency, while increasing the supply of local transport, improve service quality and hence stimulate patronage.

There are a multitude of other opportunities and reasons to redesign a bus network, including the introduction of bus priority, redesigning road space, or the launch of competitive tendering. However the main objective for cities is to maintain a comprehensive, reliable and accessible network in order to provide a truly modern bus system to the city.

Keeping in mind that most cities aim at increasing customer service while optimising finances and warrant a sound business model, this training programme will look at how a bus network can be redesigned to:

  • Increase ridership by offering more attractive services,
  • Optimise operations performance and efficiency,
  • Better adapt the local transport supply to the demand,
  • Capture the demand created by new urban developments, areas of intensification or opportunities, 
  • Update the bus network and adapt to complex changes which took place over the years in the core of the transport network,
  • Adapt to the introduction of new technologies such as electric buses and on-demand services
  • Recognise and respond to the individual needs of passengers (product differentiation)

Reach your objectives

  • Broaden your knowledge and widen your perspective on bus network design by learning and sharing experience with professional leaders
  • Get hands on experience working bus network planning as a tool
  • Learn from practice on how to optimise your bus network
  • Understand the impact of new technology and software to get more value out of bus network design
  • Learn from best practices in Asia, Europe and North America: Showcases from local operators, authorities and the industry

A top level methodology

  • Get inspired by our trainers, understand the main principles of bus network design and learn from successful best practice
  • Participate to interactive plenary sessions with introduction by course leaders, presentation by the trainer and open discussion with participants
  • Participate to workshops and get a hands-on experience of rethinking a bus network
  • Challenge your practical knowledge in this professional field and the technology
  • Address the topic from an international perspective, enriched by different cultural approaches and points of views
  • Benefit from a unique exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals

UITP Training Programmes and all related processes are certified for ISO29990:2010 – the standard for learning services for non-formal education and training.

Who is it for?

  • Staff from bus and public transport planning departments
  • Strategy planners, land use planners, urban designers
  • Traffic engineers and planners
  • Professionals working on transport and urban policy
  • Professionals working for transport authorities, operators and consultancies
  • The course is suitable for participants from companies worldwide.

Inspiring Trainers

Our skillful trainers are composed of international experts and professionals with extensive experience and knowledge in the strategic, operational and technological areas of bus network design and route planning.

Trainers will be:

  • Guido Bruggeman, Senior Transport Consultant, Public Transport Consultancy Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Wilko Mol, Director OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe, The Netherldans
  • Adrià Ramirez, Mobility and Public Policy, Shotl, Barcelona, Spain
  • Josep Mension, Director Central Services, Service Planning and Bus Infrastructure division, TMB, Barcelona


Guido Bruggeman, Senior Transport Consultant, Public Transport Consultancy Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wilko Mol, Director OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe, The Netherldans
Adrià Ramirez, Mobility and Public Policy, Shotl, Barcelona, Spain
Josep Mension, Director Central Services, Service Planning and Bus Infrastructure division, TMB, Barcelona



Network Optimization

Over the last decade, a growing number of cities decided to reorganize or optimize their public transport networks. What are the reasons that such reorganization was deemed to be necessary? Key issues to be discussed are:

  • How can we evaluate an existing network?
  • Is it possible to identify what makes a good (or poor) network?
  • What do passengers want? What do the transport authority and politicians want?
  • What basis data is needed (supply, demand, costs and revenues)?
  • What do we want to achieve with network reorganization of optimization?

Bus Network Design and Route Planning: Main Principles, Practice worldwide

This session will look at the different parameters and the process to follow when redesigning a bus network. There are different ways to cater with mobility needs of cities and their physical structure to match capacity and demand. Furthermore, travel demand is not constant. How to monitor changing route? How to make adjustments to the network with changing travel behaviours? The key questions to ask are:

  • What are the main design principles?
  • How can a bus system be prioritised? 
  • How to well (re)organise and integrate feeders with the trunk system?
  • How to manage hassle free transfers and integration?
  • What does it imply for infrastructure and the built environment?
  • How to integrate a bus network and land use planning? 
  • How to integrate a bus network with other mobility modes?


The workshops represent a central part of the training programme and will consist of a hands-on experience allowing participants to work in small groups and reorganise a bus network system. The exercise is built on a real case study provided by UITP and will look at:

  • The network reorganisation: from analysing transport demand to readapting the network in terms of routing, frequency, vehicle capacity and types of service.
  • Comparison of redesigned bus networks and deliverables.
  • Organisational process and steps to follow when reorganising a bus network (network analysis, concertation and involvement of stakeholders, users and population, communication, evaluation and monitoring etc.).

The Customer Perspective & Digitalisation

The journey experience is at the heart of service excellence and customer experience. For the customer, the journey starts with a good understanding of the public transport network and the types of services provided. Hence for an easy reading, the network must be organised with a clear and simple hierarchy of services. The user will need to find the same references, codes and information. Furthermore, today’s customers are switching from maps and static information to mobile apps and ‘direct routing guidance’ which include a full door-to-door service.

Demand responsive transport (DRT) as a complementary service

New mobility services, such as Transport Network Companies (TNCs), car sharing and in particular demand responsive transport (DRT) may provide services in complement to other traditional public transport services. They may replace or expand services in low density areas and offer more cost effective services in areas or at times where bus services are not competitive enough. This session will provide an insight into these developments and look at a concrete case where such service was developed: from planning, to implementation and operations. 

Operations planning

With finite resources the operationalisation of a route plan becomes an integral and iterative part of the route planning process. This session aims at discussing where and how to draw boundaries between network planning and operations planning.

Case Study

The details of case studies (name of city) will be announced on the website 1 to 3 month before the course takes place.

At least two in-depth case studies will be presented during the course. These will illustrate bus networks of cities which have adopted new principles of route planning and rationalisation to address specific challenges, whether it be declining patronage, operational inefficiencies, service quality etc. These case studies will clearly illustrate how sound the principles of network planning are in creating an attractive public transport in the city.

Presentations by CRTM (Transport Authority) and Site visit

  • Bus strategy in Madrid
  • Bus priority schemes
  • Bus Interchange developments

Site visit: Bus interchange and bus HOV infrastructure in Madrid


21% VAT excluded

Until 04/11/2019

After 04/11/2019


1210 €

1690 €

Member « developing nations »*

885 €

1235 €


1635 €

2280 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

1095 €

1540 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +)

1130 €

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

830 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +)

1520 €

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

1020 €

*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: sunita.kelecom@uitp.org - Tel: +32 2 663 66 57

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)

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 Centre for Training, sunita.kelecom@uitp.org, Tel: +32-2-663 66 57

Practical information: 

Training Venue

Hotel NH Zurbano
Calle de Zurbano 79
28003 Madrid

Metro stop: Gregorio Marañón (Line 7 or 10)


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation.

Hotel suggestions will follow soon.


Guido Bruggeman, Senior Transport Consultant, Public Transport Consultancy Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wilko Mol, Director OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe, The Netherldans
Adrià Ramirez, Mobility and Public Policy, Shotl, Barcelona, Spain
Josep Mension, Director Central Services, Service Planning and Bus Infrastructure division, TMB, Barcelona



This programme is organised in collaboration with our UITP Regional Training Centre in Madrid, hosted by Consorcio Transportes Madrid.


With the kind support of


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