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Vietnam: Introduction to Public Transport Planning Operations, and Management

June 10, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City 10th June, 2010 - The two-day “Introduction to Public Transport Planning, Operations, and Management” Workshop, developed through a partnership with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation and the World Bank, with support and guidance from the Public Private Infrastructure Assistance Facility, (PPIAF).

Purpose and Objectives: The workshop presents an overview of urban public transport with emphasis on planning, operations, and management. It provides a fundamental understanding of Public Transport concepts, planning, operations, management and contracting, financing and institutional/organizational arrangements.

Audience: Participants representing Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Danang, the Ministries from the Government of Vietnam, and representatives from the City of Cebu, Philippines, and donors participated in the conference. The audience includes senior policy and senior and mid-level program/operating officers from all levels of government (national, state, provincial, municipal) and the private sector.

Content and Approach: The course is split into two parts. The first half day covers the subjects of greatest importance to the most senior policy officials like ministers, mayors, council people, department directors, agency heads, their deputies, etc. It also serves as an introduction to the rest of the course, which is more technical.

The course is presented through a series of lectures, facilitated discussions, and case studies. It includes sessions devoted to strategic planning, alternatives analysis, public transport reform and contracting, institutional arrangements for urban transport, public transport market characteristics and demand forecasting, data collection, performance measurement, service standards, analysis, financial planning, operating, maintenance and capital cost estimation, PPP’s for public transport investment and fare policy development and fare collection. Each offering uses the respective offering city or another city in the host country as the basis for a comprehensive case study that is referenced throughout the course.

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