Transport is a major challenge for cities and regions worldwide. Providing high-quality public transport has long been seen as a proactive 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.


The Smart Public Transport Lab at Delft University of Technology is offering a week-long course in public transport planning in Delft since April 2016.

This course is provided in association with the Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University and the Transportation Research Institute, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Similar courses have been run before in Australia and New Zealand.

The objectives of the course is to compare between traditional operations and service planning, including scheduling procedures, and new approaches, and to deal with and find solutions to persistent and realistic public transport problems. 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 and emerging public transport modes including bus, tram, rail and on-demand services.

PPTS-Course 2023

The course will provide the ultimate guide to public transport planning, operations and policy. The objective of the course is to combine traditional operations and new approaches to service planning and finding solutions to difficult and persistent public transport problems.

This course is provided in association with the Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University, the Transportation Research Centre at the University of Auckland and the Delft University of Technology.

Our Team

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.

Graham Currie


Professor Graham Currie is a renowned international Public Transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years experience. He has published more research papers in leading international peer research journals in this field than any other researcher in the world.

Avishai (Avi) Ceder

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Professor Avishai (Avi) Ceder is recognised internationally for his long contributions to transportation research. His Research interests include: Public Transport, Operations Research, Human Factors and Behavior, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Road Safety, Traffic Control, Logistics. More at:

Oded Cats

Delft University of Technology, NL

Professor Cats is a Professor of Passenger Transport Systems and a co-director of the Smart Public Transport Lab. His research is devoted to multi-modal passenger transport services including planning, operations, behavior and policy making. His research activities support public transport agencies and operators’ decision making and has led to field implementations in various countries

Niels van Oort

Delft University of Technology, NL

Associate Professor Niels van Oort  works on Public Transport at Delft University of Technology and is co-director of the Smart Public Transport Lab. Via previous jobs as consultant and transport planner he has been involved in several public transport projects for over 15 years. His main fields of expertise are public transport planning, data-driven design, with special interest in the passenger perspective, service reliability and multimodality.

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Client Testimonials

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The PPTS course does not only provide new knowledge but also new international connections in the domain public transport planning and research

It is a pleasure to discuss the future of public transport with participants from all over the world, both from academia and practice

In the PPTS we both focus on classic design issues and emerging trends and challenges, for instance multimodality and inclusive mobility