The 15th conference, marking 30 years since the inaugural conference was held in Thredbo (Australia), took place in Stockholm, Sweden. 220 delegates attended from 30 countries, across six continents. The conference series has a reputation for bringing academics together with practitioners in a series of intensive workshops to discuss the latest developments in competition and ownership in land passenger transport. 2017 marks the first year where the number of delegates was evenly split between academics on one hand and representatives from operators, regulators and consultants on the other. This was reflected in the rich discussions in each workshop which were reported back to the full conference in the presentations that are provided below. Other highlights included excellent plenary presentations from Mattias Landgren (State Secretary, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden), Maria Kamargianni (Urban Transport and Energy Lab, UCL Energy Institute, London), and Iida Huhtanen (Finnish Ministry of Transport), and an engaging panel discussion on ‘Competition, cooperation and trust between actors in a deregulated transportation market’ with participants from the Swedish transportation sector.
We would like to thank our hosts the Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and our generous sponsors without whom the conference would not have been possible. A special note of thanks is due to the Local Organising Committee and in particular for the tireless efforts of the Local Director, Dr Gunnar Alexandersson, for putting together such a successful program. We are also indebted to the Workshop Chairs and Rapporteurs for their outstanding contribution to the nine workshops.
This conference series, first and foremost, is about our delegates and the contributions they make to the discussions and to the final reports from the conference through their thoughtful insights and the papers they prepare which inform the discussions. The papers presented at the conference will soon be available to download, and a selection of peer reviewed papers will appear in a special issue of Research in Transportation Economics (Elsevier) in June 2018. The special issue will also include a full report from each workshop detailing the outcomes in terms of recommendations for future policy and further research.
Workshop 1. Integrating rail and bus based modes (including BRT) into a user-relevant transport system
Workshop 2a. Bus/Coach and General Public Transport – Competitive tendering and other forms of contracting-out: institutional and contract design and performance measurement
Workshop 2b. Rail and General Public Transport – Competitive tendering and other forms of contracting-out: institutional and contract design and performance measurement
Workshop 3. Market initiative regimes: experience and measures to improve performance
Workshop 4. Criteria for successful collaboration
Workshop 5. Bridging the benefit / funding gap
Workshop 6. Wider impacts of public transport and successful implementation of desirable and beneficial projects
Workshop 7. The “uberisation” of public transport and mobility as a service (MaaS): implications for future mainstream public transport
Workshop 8. Big spatial data and data analytics in the digital age and how it can benefit public transport users