Public transport news from the MENA region, Europe and more

Newsletter 6, December 2019

Riyadh Metro (art impression by EgisRail, published on Wikipedia)

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News from the MENA region

This time, our report from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is dominated by news from Saudi Arabia. Its capital Riyadh will open its first metro line next year and will subsequently open five other metro lines in a short period to follow.

Modasti Consulting is currently involved in two public transport projects in Saudi Arabia. In both projects, we work for the global engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV, which is – together with local partner Mshari Alshathri – commissioned by the central governmental entity Transport General Authority. For both projects, Modasti’s consultant Arjen Jaarsma is part of a multidisciplinary team of consultants.

The first project (with a duration of eight months) is half underway and studies the opportunities and possibilities to introduce public transport in Sakakah (the capital city of the Al Jouf region in the northern part of the country) and its surrounding towns. The development study includes mode selection (conventional bus, Bus Rapid Transit or tram), network development and development of contracts between the transport authority and future operators.

The second project develops an integrated national tool to measure the Economic Benefits of urban public transport in the country. This project is part of a national initiative to streamline and professionalize the assessment and prioritisation of large mass transit schemes in the five largest cities of the country: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Madinah and Makkah.

Our expertise on how to organise and govern public transport, and how to contract its services, is highly appreciated in both projects.

Besides these two projects, we will also visit the MENA region for the UITP MENA Congress & Exhibition to be held in Dubai in April 2020.

News from Europe

How to implement electric Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?, that is the title of an article Arjen posted recently on LinkedIn. The article lists four eBRT operators in the Netherlands and in France.

As we already noted in our last newsletter, the Groningen Drenthe area in the Netherlands will have the largest electric bus fleet in Europe as of December 15, 2019. An interesting video about the electrification of bus fleets in the Netherlands can be found here.

Modasti on LinkedIn

Earlier this year, Modasti’s LinkedIn profile became our main social media channel. Here you can find posts about our projects, publications and presentations. Have a look and press the blue Follow button to stay updated for more news.

Integrated risk management; what can it do for you?

Modasti’s associated consultant Petra van den Boorn gave a very interesting presentation about Integrated Risk Management in bus service tendering at the International Bus Conference 2019 in Brussels last October. Petra reckons in her presentation – to be found here – that integrated risk management can be of great value for Public Transport Authorities as well as Public Transport Operators.

Arjen Jaarsma Public Transport Expert
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