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Policy 2030: National level Investment Program for bus-based public transport systems

Policy 2030: National level Investment Program

Bus-based public transport systems are the most preferred mode for passenger transport in India. However, the available bus systems are inadequate to meet the travel needs of the growing population. There is a huge gap in the existing bus fleet and support infrastructure required to operate an efficient bus system. Furthermore, Indian bus agencies are unable to meet operational expenses using traditional revenue sources.

16th Bus Karo
Outlook 2030 – Scaling Public Transport
Webinar on
Policy 2030: National level Investment Program for bus-based public transport systems

Thursday, 14 May 2020
3:00-6:30PM IST

There is a need to direct focus and funding to strengthen bus based public transport systems. Towards this, the Bus Karo webinar will bring together experts and representatives from various transit agencies to discuss key considerations of a National Level Investment Program for bus systems based on the learnings from the previous national level schemes around bus funding and international case examples. Additionally, given the COVID-19 crisis, the session will also focus on discussing the response of bus systems to COVID-19. Click here to register.

PANELLISTS

  • Dr OP Agarwal, WRI India, Session Chair & Speaker
  • Vivek Chandran, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
  • Ravi Pandit, KPIT Technologies
  • Dario Hidalgo, WRI
  • Shivanand Swamy, CEPT
  • Gerald Ollivier, World Bank
  • Prasanna Patwardhan, BOCI
  • Amit Bhatt, WRI India
  • Representatives from Volvo & State Transport Undertakings

For queries contact Shilpa Kharwal (Shilpa.kharwal@wri.org) or Krithi Venkat (Krithi.venkat@wri.org)

About Bus Karo: Bus Karo is WRI India’s bi-annual workshop for city bus transport agencies. These workshops convene transport and urban experts, regulators, and officials from bus operating agencies to promote knowledge sharing for effective urban public transport services.

Recap

Missed the webinar? You can listen to the whole thing here:

More about Policy 2030: National level Investment Program for bus-based public transport systems

Existing bus systems in India are not enough to keep up with the travel needs of its growing population. Despite being India’s most preferred mode of transport, public buses are unable to be truly efficient because of the huge gap in the existing bus fleet and the support infrastructure it requires. Additionally, the bus agencies are struggling to meet operational expenses from traditional revenue sources, and this will only become worse as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps commuters away from public modes of transport. There is an urgent need to direct focus and funding to strengthen bus-based public transport systems. As COVID-19 threatens to change the way public transport has been conducted, operators also need to formulate an effective plan to respond to the pandemic, keeping in mind the safety of passengers and staff.

Listen to the webinar on ‘Policy 2030: National level Investment Program for bus-based public transport systems’, held on May 14, where experts and representatives from various transit agencies discussed key considerations of a National Level Investment Program for bus systems, based on the learnings from previous national level schemes around bus funding and international case examples. Panelists discussed the benefits and challenges of public-private partnership (PPP) models. Speakers also focused on the response of bus systems to COVID-19, emphasizing the importance of building consumer confidence in taking public transport.

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