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BUSWORLD ACADEMY TURKEY: Sustainable Bus Systems for Smart Cities

The population of the cities is increasing day by day. OECD projections estimate that 70 percent of the world population will live in the cities by 2050. All these developments revealed the needs of mobility for people. Cities want to manage these problems in a more systematic way. Reducing traffic-related air and noise pollution, congestion and accidents while increasing the quality of life in our cities has become a priority for many Mayors. Today, more than ever, we all need better walking and cycling conditions, effective public and shared transport, multimodal modes, and more – all supported by smart digital solutions. And the best way to make it happen is to combine great ideas and innovative measures and technologies with political support and the involvement of people through comprehensive mobility planning.

See the interview with Mr. Mohanty in Busworld TV Talks

See the interview with Mr. Debashish in Busworld TV Talks



Thursday March 5th

14.00 – 14.30 : Opening session of the Busworld Academy

The global bus- and coach industry is ready to face the needs of today’s urban and rural districts. The use of innovative technologies allow zero emission bus services in cities, optimised by digital information-, booking- and payment tools for the passengers.  The implementation of future oriented bus systems is subject to policy making and modern road infrastructure.  In two sessions -first by the bus manufacturers, second by the operators-  an overview is given on what present and future technologies and services the bus industry offers in order to improve quality of life for all.


Welcome by Mr. Jan Deman, Director, Busworld Academy


Welcome by Mr. Mustafa Yıldırım, Chairman of the Turkish Road Transport Sector Council


Introduction by the United Nations:

  • Debashish Bhatacharjee, United Nations Human Settlement Programme – Habitat
  • Choudhury Rudra Charan MOHANTY, Environment Programme Coordinator, UNCRD - DSDG/UN DESA


Introduction by Union of Cities and Local Governments :

  • Mohamed Saadieh, president of UCLG-MEWA

14.30 - 15.30 Session 1: Analysis of the bus- & coach market in Turkey, Eastern Europe and West Asia

Moderator : Mr Jan Deman, Busworld Academy

Keynote by  Mrs Anna Ozdelen, Consul People: "Analysis of the Bus- and Coach Market in Turkey, Eastern Europe, and Asia"

CEO’s debate : the vision of the bus manufacturers

  • Anadolu-Isuzu, Mr. Yusuf Teoman, Sales Director
  • Otokar, Mr. Tarkan Burak, Marketing Manager
  • Karsan, Mr. Mustafa Çoban, Product Marketing Manager
  • Toyota, Mr. Selim Okutur, Director Toyota Turkey
  • Voyego, Mrs. Marie Kress, business analyst mobility and travel
  • UNCRD, Dr. Choudhury Rudra Charan MOHANTY, Environment Programme Coordinator

16.00 – 17.00 Session 2:  Implementation of future oriented bus systems

The implementation of low and zero emission busses is a à la carte process for each different city, region, PTA or PTO.  The choices of the powertrains, fuels, range of hybridisation, size of the vehicles, comfort level etc. is related to the specific conditions in which the vehicles will be operational.  It is therefore not possible to simply copy one best practise into another application.  Nevertheless, the process of introduction and the criteria to be matched can be very similar.  The exchange of experiences is and will always remain the most concrete form of capacity building in this field. Input from as well the city- or regional authorities, the operators and the bus manufacturers is absolutely required if the bus system is to meet with todays and tomorrow challenges and requirements from the passengers.  The modal shift from individual car us towards collective passenger transport by road is the final goal.

Moderator : Mr Jan Deman, Busworld Academy

Best practices and panel discussion

  • Rudyanto Azhar, Head of Iskandar Bus rapid Transit, Malaysia - Implementing a new BRT system
  • Nicholas You, Executive Director, Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation – Financing the zero emission buses without government support in Guangzhou, China
  • Zinnur Büyükgöz, Mayor of Gebze
  • Salih Kumbar, General Manager, Ulasim Park

17.00 – 18.00 : Visit to the Busworld Exhibition

18.00-20.00 : Network reception


Friday March 6th 

10.00 – 10.30 : Welcome coffee

10.30 – 12.00 Session 3: Mayors & City Conference - Urban Mobility Models by Local Governments

Organized by UCLG-MEWA

Focus lays on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans’ (SUMPs). Concepts and terminology will be discussed by the moderator and the local governments’ preparation process in different aspects such as financial support mechanisms, coordination among the departments within a local government will be discussed by speakers in order promote knowledge sharing between municipalities. In this session, the model of cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities will also be discussed, participants will further take stock of the works and activities of the cities of Turkey. In the conclusion of the session, the evaluation of SUMPs and overall outlook of cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities in Turkey will be presented by the moderator.


Moderator: Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, Turkey.

Keynote: Dr Wolfgang Backhaus, Rupprecht Consult, European support for the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Speakers :

  • Zeynel Abidin Beyazgül, Mayor of Şanlıurfa, Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Tahir Büyükakın, Mayor of Kocaeli, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Eser Atak, Deputy Secretary General, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • İbrahim Orhan Demir, Deputy Secretary General, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
  • Debashish Bhattacharjee, United Nations -Human Settlements programme, Kenya

Expected Results:

  • Comprehension of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans’ concepts and terminology,
  • Sharing preparation process on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans,
  • Sharing experiences of financial support mechanisms on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans,
  • Clarification on the model “cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities”,
  • Evaluation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) and cooperation between local governments and public transport authorities in Turkey.

12.00 – 14.00 : lunch break

14.00 – 15.30 Session 4: The way towards low and zero emission bus services

Session organised by the World Resource Institute

Moderator : Mr. Selim Okutur, Corporate Communication Director, Toyota Turkey

Speakers :

  • Mr Sergio Avelleda - Urban Mobility Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Mr Tolga İmamoğlu - Transport & Road Safety Manager, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities
  • Mr Samet Şeker - Director of Technology Development Unit, IETT
  • Mr Gautham Nallavari - E-Mobility Consultant, Turseff

15.30 – 16.00 : coffee break

16.00 – 17.00 : Session organized by TOHOB

Themes :

  • Para transit, Transport on demand or Demand responsive transport
  • Tendering for sustainable bus systems
  • Financing the renewal of the fleet
  • Implementing Bus services in the Mobility as a Service - concept
  • Increasing road safety by adapted infrastructure for collective transport

17.00 – 17.15 : Closing remarks

by Mr Jan Deman, Director for the Busworld Academy


See the interview with Mr. Mohanty

See the interview with Mr. Debashish


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