Putting learning into practice to improve mass transit.
EMBARQ India, in association with the Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), conducted a three-day training workshop on bus operations for 27 officials from transport organizations and municipal corporations in 23 cities across India.
The workshop was based on materials contained in Bus Karo, a guidebook on bus planning and operations developed by EMBARQ India. The workshop covered topics including the role of buses in sustainable urban transport systems, planning for bus operations, including demand estimation and routing, methods of bus priority, technology and vehicles for bus operations, and financial analysis. The attendees also participated in field exercises in the city of Panjim, Goa.
In addition to three EMBARQ India staff – Madhav Pai, Amit Bhatt and Ashwin Prabhu – the workshop also saw presentations by Kishore Nathani from the Urban Mass Transit Company and Manjiri Akalkotkar of the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT).
As part of the Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), the Government of India provided 61 Indian cities with funding to procure more than 15,000 new buses. As a consequence of this program, city and state road transport projects have been undergoing a process of fleet expansion and renewal. Many cities without urban bus systems are planning to launch services with these new buses. Given the general lack of technical capacity in transport planning at the city and municipal government level, training in bus operations for transport officials is essential for developing high quality bus-based public transport systems.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) recently launched a large national capacity-building initiative in the field of urban transport. The Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), an undertaking of MoUD, is the nodal agency for implementing this initiative. This workshop was the first in a series planned by IUT in the coming year. EMBARQ India was invited to serve as the faculty for this workshop.
Funding for the workshop was provided by the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP), in partnership with Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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