Thredbo 12

09 / 11 / 2011

The 12th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport

The objective of the conference series is to provide an international forum to examine passenger transport competition and ownership issues, reporting on recent research and experience and developing conclusions on key issues. The focus is on determining the effects of different forms of competition, ownership and organisation for land‐based passenger transport on operators, users, governments / funders and society as a whole. The conference series is directed towards a broad audience of policy makers, planners, decision makers on infrastructure and service operators, consultants, researchers, academics and students, and is recognised as one of the most important international forums for analysis and debate of competition and ownership issues in land passenger transport.

The conference will have six workshops, and our Director, Juan Carlos Muñoz, will be chairing the one related to BRT:

Workshop 2: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) (as part of enhanced service provision)

BRTs are fast becoming public transport systems of choice on high density urban corridors in developed and developing countries. These systems are not only relatively easier to implement and more flexible than light rail/tram systems but are often less expensive to implement and operate. This workshop will therefore focus on the role of BRTs as part of enhanced public transport service provision. Are these systems delivering on expectations of enhanced service provision? When do we consider BRT systems as opposed to conventional public bus systems and other options including light and heavy rail? What are the lessons that we can learn from the design, contracting, implementation, performance measurement and monitoring of BRT systems in developed and developing countries? Are these lessons equally applicable between developed and developing countries? The following questions can also be considered as part of this workshop:

1. What are the experiences, business models, risks and challenges (linked to barriers political in particular) involving the informal non-regulated public transport sector in BRT systems?
2. How can BRT systems be retrofitted into an existing public transport system? What are the issues and concerns? What rights do existing operators have when such systems are implemented on their routes?
3. What are the operational and cost advantages of BRTs versus conventional public transport systems? How do these systems compare to light rail/tram systems as an alternative solution to public transport provision?

More info: Call-for-abstracts and website.


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