Public transport news from the Netherlands and the MENA region & more

Newsletter 11, August 2021

Pre-pandemic metro travel: Where are you with your thoughts?

Dear ,

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News from the Netherlands

With more than 5,000 public buses in place, the Netherlands (17.5 million inhabitants) will see some interesting years when it comes to the tendering of public transport contracts. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of tenders have been postponed due to uncertainties about future passenger numbers. Nearly all bus-service contracts between Dutch authorities and operators are revenue-based net contracts, with the operator bearing the risk of passenger revenues.

These tender postponements lead to a situation in which an exceptionally high number of public transport concessions will be tendered out in the years 2022 and 2023. Public transport authorities have realized that they must find creative ways to attract bidders in these post-pandemic years.

A good example of this is the Transport Authority Amsterdam. For the concession Zaanstreek Waterland (an area north of the Dutch capital), the authority announced last week that they will provide up to €180 million to the winning operator for the purchase of 240 zero-emission buses. This will lead to the authority’s de facto ownership of the entire bus fleet, a unique situation for the country.

To speed up the transition from diesel to zero-emission buses (which are, in most cases, electric buses), State Secretary Ms. Van Veldhoven announced a €40 million subsidy scheme last month for both transport authorities and operators.

News from the MENA region

Urban rail systems are on the rise in many cities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In the remaining months of this year and in 2022, we can expect a phased opening of the brand new 176 km long metro network in Riyadh, along with an extensive Bus Rapid Transit network.

Tel Aviv began test runs on their new Red Line last June. The recently opened metro extension in Dubai, dubbed Route 2020, will see a substantial capacity increase when the World Expo starts in less than two months.

Doha opened its metro network in 2019 and is ready to receive a large influx of metro riders for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The city is also electrifying a substantial part of its bus fleet. Cairo is expanding its metro network, in operation since 1987, with extensions at both ends of line 3. Furthermore, a new 65 km Light Rail Transit connection from Cairo to the New Administrative Capital will open soon.

Depending on the state of the pandemic, I hope to travel back to the MENA region later this year!

Modasti’s publications

In the last few months, I have published two articles on LinkedIn.

Have a look at them and let me know your opinions in the comments.

Modasti’s expertise focus

As I indicated in the last newsletter, the expertise focus of Modasti Consulting will change slightly this year. I am proud to announce that Modasti’s updated fields of expertise will be as follows:

  1. Decarbonization of Transport (including electrification of railways and bus systems)
  2. Public Transport Visions (including master plans and strategies)
  3. Public Transport Networks
  4. Public Transport Services (including digitalization and liberalization)

The geographical focus remains on Europe and the Middle East.

Feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions!

Arjen Jaarsma, Public Transport Expert at Modasti Consulting
Arjen Jaarsma Public Transport Expert
+31 6 235 88 096
Modasti Consulting

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