Transport is a major challenge for cities and regions worldwide. Providing high quality public transport has long been seen as a pro-active means of addressing the negative economic, environmental, social and urban consequences of traffic congestion. However, public transport service planners and operators face a range of practical financial, operational and social challenges in developing services. Financial pressures in particular demonstrate a need for increased productivity in achieving improved outcomes. At the same time, the public transport sector is facing great opportunities and challenges in the age of urbanization, big data, the shared economy and environmental concerns.

The Department of Transport and Planning at Delft University of Technology offers a week-long course on May 14-18, 2018 which provides the ultimate guide to public transport planning, operations and policy. The objectives of the course is to combine traditional operations and new approaches to service planning and finding solutions to persistent and realistic public transport problems.

Course topics include strategic planning, network design, economic appraisal methods, performance evaluation, market forecasting and priority measures. Special attention is given to service reliability, improving the transfer experience and new emerging on-demand services. This course covers public transport planning topics identified as priorities for learning by participants in previous courses. They are designed to be relevant to all conventional public transport modes including bus, tram and rail.

An international team offers this course in the exemplar city of Amsterdam which offers many learning experiences. The course is designed for professionals working in the public transport domain including urban and transport planners, operators and analysts, consultants as well as for young researches.