As part of the development of its activities, the UITP Centre for Training launched new programmes on different aspects of bus transportation. One of the new programmes focused on Electric Buses based on the experience gathered with the EU funded ZeEUS project. A first pilot edition took place in Warsaw, Poland, on 7-8 April 2016 and given its success, the UITP Centre for Training organised a second edition on 26-28 September 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
This new course offers a comprehensive overview of all implications from strategic considerations, the assessment of financial benefits, performance measurement and the direct impact and challenges at operational and technical levels. The involvement of the industry allows a deep yet inclusive insight and understanding of the available technology today, while operators are providing a first return on experience on the implications in terms of operations, auxiliary and infrastructure management.
UITP training programme on electric buses in Geneva, Switzerland, September 2016
Other training programmes addressed bus related issues in 2016 like the Bus Operations Planning and Execution held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 27-29 July 2016. Customised training programme were organised on Bus Planning and Operations in October in Riyadh and also on Bus Network Design and Route Structuring in Madina, Saudi Arabia. UITP also organised training programmes in the cities of Kazan and Kaliningrad, Russian Federation, in collaboration with UNDP covering topics of Bus Procurement and Commissioning and Bus Operations Planning.
In 2017, the bus will again be on the agenda of UITP training programmes with different topics and locations:
Bus transport planning and operations, 14-16 Feburary 2017, Muscat, Oman
Electric buses (combined with a study tour), Shenzhen and Zhengzhou, China, on 20-24 February 2017
Maintenance and asset management, 27-29 March 2017, Frankfurt, Germany
Electric Buses, Barcelona, Spain, on 19-21 June 2017
Procurement and commissioning of buses, 4-6 December 2017, London, United Kingdom