Tender or not to tender – Governance of urban and regional bus networks

Finding the right mode of governance is essential for good service from a passengers’ perspective.

Tender or not to tender – Governance of urban and regional bus networks
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No prerequisites or pre-knowledge necessary

Your benefits 
  • Learn about different modes of public transport governance 
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of these modes in different regional and economical contexts
  • Compare different systems of governance worldwide 

Course content
Bus networks in urban, suburban or rural areas can be delivered in various modes of governance: While market-initiated services provide scope for entrepreneurial freedom for the operating companies, the public authorities’ influence is very limited. When networks are tendered public authorities can have a massive influence on the service. 

In this online training you will get an overview of public transport regulation in urban and regional networks and learn about the relationship between public transport authorities and bus operating companies. Case Studies from EU and Non-EU regions will be provided. In addition, you will discuss the public transport setup in your home region or working context. 

By recreating management situations, you will discuss governance modes for public transport from different stakeholders’ perspectives.

  • Institutional frameworks for public transport 
  • Modes for procurement of public transport (i.e. direct awarding, in-house-production, tender designs) 
  • Contacts, Risks and Incentives 
  • Why data governance is important and how to avoid lock-in-effect
  • Who owns the customer?
DB Rail Academy focuses solely on offering training courses to larger groups from companies. If you and your company are interested in this course, please contact us via email: db-railacademy@deutschebahn.com so we can plan the next steps with you.