The aim of organising the workshop was to disseminate the outcome of :
(i) Data management practices and tools for efficient bus operations
Economic efficiency of cities and well-being of urban inhabitants are directly influenced by the pattern of mobility. If the growing automobile dependency is not prevented, increased travel distances and the car centric urban form and infrastructure can lock up enormous amount of carbon and pollution that will make sustainable growth difficult in the future. In this context equity based inclusive mobility planning assumes even greater significance.
(ii) INDIcators of Reliability and Variability of Bus Systems (INDIRA-B)
The scope of current bus performance indicators in use is restricted, with their focus primarily on point-estimates. A thrust is required on developing indicators based on non-parametric estimation, which are particularly useful when underlying distributions of travel times and headways are unknown. Further, link-based speed estimates should be used, rather than instantaneous speed measures, as these are ideal for studying traffic flow characteristics correctly.
INDIRA-B (INDIcators of Reliability and Variability of Bus Systems) project is based on the need to integrate the urban bus systems with existing city roads and the larger public transport network. The scope of the project is to analyse performance-related indicators and patterns of traffic and mobility flow.
This project includes major interventions at two levels— product and process. The product involves use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology for developing performance indicators for bus systems. At the process level, the aim is o improve the operation of buses by means of branching modules, dealing with new indicators in an existing management system, exploiting an existing real time data acquisition system.
i) The current study based on a two pronged approach:
ii) To assess existing well known quality-of-service indicators, and to develop new ones. The main outcome of this project is a research tool, consisting of different modules, for analysis and diagnosis of the quality of service of bus routes in different operational use.
TRIPP (Academic partner — India)
Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, is an interdisciplinary programme. TRIPP focuses on the reduction of adverse health effects of road transport. Introduction of bus rapid transit projects in India was initiated by TRIPP members as advisor to Delhi government.
IFSTTAR (Academic partner — France)
GRETTIA is a research laboratory on Transport Network and Advanced Software Engineering in the department COSYS (Components and Systems) at IFSTTAR. IFSTTAR is the French Institute of Science and Technology for transport, spatial planning, development and networks.
DIMTS (Industrial partner — India)
Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit System Ltd. (DIMTS) is a 50:50 joint venture between Government of Delhi and Infrastructure Development and Finance Company (IDFC). DIMTS has rich experience in public transport operations, intelligent transport systems technology, transport planning and modelling, project management, in particular.
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF)
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation works to facilitate, fund and support India’s transition to a cleaner energy future by aiding the design and implementation of policies that promote clean power, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, climate policy and clean energy finance.
Rapid urbanization has made sustainable urban transport an urgent development priority as it is second largest consumer of primary energy and leading contributor to air pollution. With cities poised to invest in infrastructure that will last for decades, huge opportunities lie to develop sustainable transport systems. This can avoid a lock-in of emission and energy intensive development patterns.
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation supports the design and implementation of policies that can build sustainable transportation systems. Work focuses on: better transport policies in cities, improved vehicle and fuel efficiency and energy efficient freight.
Professor Geetam Tiwari
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