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Webinar Public Bus Service Modernization

July 17, 2013 | 7:30 AM | Online

For information and registration, please visit:  http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ei/webinar/bus-modernization



Fundamental changes are taking place in how mobility issues

are viewed in developing cities. Increasing income, changing city size and

structure, and changing behavioral patterns have all contributed to that change

in thinking. Given this trend, a new paradigm is required to change the

business-as-usual scenario from public transport being targeted to those who

cannot afford a personal vehicle to those who can also afford a personal

vehicle. Factors like quality of service become important to attract those with

other choices and these often conflict with affordability. In this context, it

is important to see how some cities have dealt with the problem and Seoul

presents a global best practice in this.



  • To learn about what is meant by “modernization” of bus services
  • To learn how some cities have been successful in transforming bus services
    to a mode of choice
  • To understand what it takes to change the mindset
  • To understand “replicability” of some of the lessons learnt to our cities

Speaker bio:

Dr. Jim Young Park, Director, Korea Transport Institute (KOTI)


Dr. Park is director of Global Transport Research Cooperation Division in Korea

Transport Institute. He is in charge of institute’s global research network,

capacity building program and oversea transport project management. He was

seconded in ADB from 2010 to 2012 as urban development specialist (Transport) in

Regional and Sustainable Infrastructure Division in Asian Development Bank. He

has worked as a project team member and manager of some urban transport projects

in Mongolia, China and South East Asia. Before deployed to ADB, he was research

fellow at the Korea Transport Institute from 2005 to 2010. His main research

area is urban transport system and sustainable transport strategy. He has

carried out various national transport plans and projects of Korea such as

transport plan of new multifunctional Administrative city, national smartcard

integration plan, and national sustainable transport strategy. Before he joined

Korea Transport Institute, he worked at Seoul Metropolitan Government’s

Institute, and participated in Seoul public transport reform project from 2002

to 2005. He graduated from the Engineering Faculty of Seoul National University,

and completed his PhD in Transport Engineering at the Department of Civil and

Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, UK.


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