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3rd Florence Urban Transport Summary – Tendering Entire Urban Public Transport Networks

Author(s): FINGER Matthias, BRAND-WEINER Ian, BERT Nadia

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The present document summarises the content of the presentations and ensuing discussion delivered during the 3rd European Transport Regulation Forum, which focused on "Tendering Entire Urban Public Transport Networks".

Presentations were delivered by representatives of many different types of stakeholders, including the European Commission, transport operators, transport authorities, associations of stakeholders, as well as by knowledgeable academics. Each of them offered his/her view on the state, challenges and status of tendering urban public transport networks, based on the following initial questions formulated by the organisers:

• What does praxis tell us about tendering entire transport systems?
• What does the Regulation 1370/2007 mean for Tendering Urban Public Transport?
• What are necessary factors for the successful tendering of systems?

The 3rd European Urban Transport Regulation Forum assessed experiences and challenges emerging in the realm of urban tendering, also pointing at the shortcomings of tendering entire urban public transport network. The main goal of the Forum was to identify the most prominent regulatory and policy challenges of the tendering schemes throughout Europe thanks to the different experiences of regulators, operators, authorities, academics.

Examples showed that tendering the entire urban transport network is possible, yet only partially desirable, due to the complexity and variety of exigencies that networks per se entail. While network tendering offers a great chance to innovate thanks to the involvement of an operator with a perspective and understanding of a whole network, possible shortcoming of such a procedure have to be borne in mind. Just to mention a few, information asymmetries and risk of overspecified tenders are among the most common drawbacks. The discussions touched upon many topics: regulation, competence’ sharing among authorities and operators, line vs. network tendering. Most participants agreed that the core challenge of urban transport tendering is related to the responsibility and competence of the actors involved.