RTSC was honoured in October 2015 to host a study visit from a delegation of senior officials responsible for metro and urban transport development in India. Participating officials represented the Ministry of Urban Development, the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., and the World Bank.
The visit incorporated a benchmarking workshop, looking at how benchmarking could benefit the new and rapidly-developing metros of India. The visit also included seminars disseminating RTSC’s 20 years of expertise on topics including metro financial sustainability, innovative funding and financing mechanisms, and best practice in regulation of metro operations. In addition, the delegates had the opportunity to see visualisations of RTSC analysis of passenger movements in the Shanghai Metro at Imperial College’s newly-opened Data Science Institute.
The delegation visited Manchester Metrolink, London Underground, and Crossrail – and had the opportunity to discuss these different transport systems and projects in detail with current and former staff, learning from the operator’s experience of what works well in setting up successful urban rail operations.