Bus Network Design & Route Planning


  
  
 
 
Bus Network Design & Route Planning
  • Training
01/10/2018
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03/10/2018
Barcelona
  • Spain

About: 

Building a coherent public transport network is at the heart of political strategies to build attractive, liveable and competitive cities. Reorganising a bus network can play a crucial role to attain such political targets, in particular when the city is growing, when high capacity rail or bus corridors are being restructured or when citizens change their travel behaviour with the emergence of new mobility services. 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 overall network, necessary 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:

  • Optimise operations performance
  • 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 exceptional changes or a large event

Learning 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

Target Audience

  • 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

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

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:

  • Alok Jain, former D. Operations Director of KMB Hong Kong and General Manager-Marketing of MTR Corporation and Managing Director, Trans-Consult Asia, Hong Kong
  • Josep Mension Camps, Director Central Services, Service Planning, and Bus Infrastructures Division, TMB, Barcelona, Spain
  • Michael Pellot, Director of Innovation, TMB, Barcelona, Spain
  • Guido Bruggeman, Senior Transport Consultant, Public Transport Consultancy Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Mariano Majan, Head of Europe Growth at Remix, San Francisco, USA
  • Mohab Abla, Director of Business Development, GIRO Inc., Montréal, Canada

Speakers: 

Alok Jain, former D. Operations Director of KMB Hong Kong and General Manager-Marketing of MTR Corporation and Managing Director, Trans-Consult Asia, Hong Kong   

Josep Mension Camps, Director Central Services, Service Planning, and Bus Infrastructures Division, TMB, Barcelona, Spain

Michael Pellot, Director of Innovation, TMB, Barcelona, Spain

Guido Bruggeman, Senior Transport Consultant, Public Transport Consultancy Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mariano Majan, Head of Europe Growth at Remix, San Francisco, USA

Mohab Abla, Director of Business Development, GIRO Inc., Montréal, Canada

 

Programme: 


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

Session 1: Bus Network Design and Route Planning: Main Principles

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 do passengers want? What do the transport authority and politicians want?
  • What data is needed to inform about the supply, demand, potential costs and revenue?
  • 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?

Session 2: Hong Kong Case Study

In Hong Kong, a unique city with fully commercially operated public transport, the largest bus company operating 4000 buses and carrying 2.7 million passengers per day, gradually started slipping into losses due to legacy route network where 70% of the bus routes were unprofitable. Starting 2013, they adopted new principles of route planning and rationalisation, and reversed the declining trend. A reformed route network along with other reforms around bus operations yielded better results so much so that the company reported record profits by 2016. This case study will clearly illustrate how sound the principles of network planning are in creating an attractive public transport in the city.

Sessions 3 - 8 - 9 : Workshops

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.).

Session 4: 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.

Session 5: Impact and integration of New Mobility Services

New mobility services, such as Transport Network Companies (TNCs), car sharing or autonomous may provide services in complement to other traditional public transport services. They may be able to fill the public transport gap in low density areas and offer more cost effective services in areas or at times where bus services are not competitive enough. Such services, together with effective walking and cycling policies and infrastructure can also provide adapted last mile solutions. This session will deal with the integration of such services within the overall bus network, looking at current experience, but also prospection and possible scenarios. These can range from shared vehicles to individual demand responsive services.

Session 6: Case Studies

More detailed info will follow soon

Session 7: 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.

Session 10: Barcelona Case Study (by TMB)

Although highly appreciated by citizens, the former Barcelona network:

  • needed to be optimised without adding more resources resources,
  • failed to attract occasional travellers,
  • lacked ridership growth,
  • had not undergone layout changes since the fare system integration was introduced in 2001.

For these reasons, TMB together with the City Council decided to redesign the network, while keeping its strengths with the objective to increase ridership and improve quality of service. This session will look at how TMB redesigned and reorganised the bus network: the identification of needs, demand and setting of objectives, the study of different models, the rebranding of routes and the implementation process. 

Session 11: Technical Visit

  • Visit of the main bus depot in Barcelona
  • Tour by electric bus

Registration: 

21% VAT excluded

Until 06/08/2018

After 06/08/2018

Member

1210 €

1610 €

Member « developing nations »*

885 €

1175 €

Non-member

1635 €

2170 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

1095 €

1465 €

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
  • All training documents: Binder including all presentations and supporting 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 Centre for Training, sunita.kelecom@uitp.org, Tel: +32-2-663 66 57

Practical information: 

Training Venue

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)
Sala Gaudí – Sagrada Familia: underground, in front of 22, Gaudí Av.
(Entrance at the Rosselló st. / Lepant st./ Gaudí Av. junction)
08025 Barcelona

Metro: Sagrada Familia (L2, L5)

Accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation.

Hotels nearby the training venue

Hotel Ilunion Bel Art**** (10min. on foot)
Carrer de Lepant, 406
08025 Barcelona
Tel: +34 934 33 54 40
https://en.ilunionbelart.com/

Hotel Catalonia Atenas**** (Metro L2 Clot)
Av. Meridiana, 151
08026 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 2322011
https://en.cataloniaatenas.com

Hotel Sagrada Família*** (4min. on foot)
Calle Còrsega, 541-543
08025 Barcelona
Tel: +34 934 366 115
https://www.hotelsagradafamilia.com/en/

Hotel Catalonia Albéniz*** (Metro L2 Encants or Clot)
Carrer d'Aragó, 591-593
08026 Barcelona
Tel: +34 932 65 26 26
https://www.cataloniahotels.com/en/hotel/catalonia-albeniz?mb=1

Speakers: 

Alok Jain, former D. Operations Director of KMB Hong Kong and General Manager-Marketing of MTR Corporation and Managing Director, Trans-Consult Asia, Hong Kong   

Josep Mension Camps, Director Central Services, Service Planning, and Bus Infrastructures Division, TMB, Barcelona, Spain

Michael Pellot, Director of Innovation, TMB, Barcelona, Spain

Guido Bruggeman, Senior Transport Consultant, Public Transport Consultancy Services, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mariano Majan, Head of Europe Growth at Remix, San Francisco, USA

Mohab Abla, Director of Business Development, GIRO Inc., Montréal, Canada

 

Partners: 

This training programme is kindly hosted by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)

With the kind support of Giro and Remix

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