EWGT 2017 conference

Our public transport group presented two papers on EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting (EWGT) conference that took place in Budapest this week.

The following papers were presented:

  1. Yap M., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2017). Data-driven Transfer Inference for Public Transport Journeys during Disruptions. EWGT2017 (20th Euro Working Group on Transportation), Budapest, Hungary.
  2. Narayan J., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2017). Performance Assessment of Fixed and Flexible Public Transport in a Multi Agent Simulation Framework. EWGT2017 (20th Euro Working Group on Transportation), Budapest, Hungary.

Experiencing public transport in China

Emerging economies and China in particular face tremendous challenges in transporting their rapidly growing urban populations. I am however very encouraged by what I have seen during this trip to Qingdao and Beijing. Not only that the existing system operates in very high standards in all respects (design, technology, information, crowd management, transfer facilities), but I have also learn that the Chinese government set very well-thought transport development objectives. One of the five national goals is to increase the modal share of public transport in major Chinese cities to 60% by 2020, indeed a novel and ambitious goal. However, significant resources and know-how knowledge will be needed in order to realize this goal. Congestion and capacity management in public transport systems, demand management strategies, transport policies and network resilience are among the most crucial issues that need to be tackled. I had the opportunity to give a lecture on “The role of public transport planning: Lessons from the European experience” in the national Transport Planning and Research Institute, Ministry of Transport, China. My exchange with the very competent staff at TPRI is an additional reason for optimism in how transport planners in China will shape their mega-cities in this critical point of their development.

In the photo:Qingdao Train station with the high-speed train to Beijing in the center (left) and a typical sight on Beijing metro system (right)

IMG_1612 (2)Qingdao (6) - Compressed

 

 

 

Lets kick-off!

Five months ago I had the privilege to join the Department of Transport and Planning in TU Delft. This weblog platform seems to be a nice way to record some milestones, promote self-motivation tool and hopefully even communicate with others (you, the reader!) that are interested in improving public transport systems and in research related to their planning and operations.