The Leaders in Urban Transport Planning training program has been designed by the World Bank. The aim of the program is to create awareness of what integrated mobility planning involves, what are its different components and how it needs to be undertaken. As such, it is designed to support World Bank projects, not only by training the stakeholders of urban transport but also by making them know each other by working in groups, thus facilitating future understanding and cooperation among them. The main objectives of the LUTP are to:
- Develop leadership capabilities in urban mobility planning, implementation, management, and operations;
- Create a network among the participants and the organizers so that best practices can be shared in the future.
The aim of the program is to equip non-urban transport specialists with knowledge of integrated strategic planning and management processes. The focus is on building urban transport leadership that: understand the complex urban transport problems and provide context sensitive solutions; and (ii) use lessons learned from cities and cases for better decision making. It is conceived as a “learning by doing” approach and not as a typical class room based program. The main focus is on linkages between urban transport and several other dimensions that influence it – like land use, environment, affordability, inclusiveness, etc.
The LUTP is designed for high policy officials and senior managers of urban transport agencies at all levels of government (national, provincial/state and municipal) and the teaching method has been designed specifically for these audiences.
It comprises of two phases:
- A self-learning phase (one month): participants are required to study the material developed by the WB which covers topics ranging from land use and transport planning to environmental and social issues in urban transport planning. The self-study material comprised 24 modules, falling under 7 thematic clusters;
- A seven-day on-site “hands on” workshop
During the workshop, extensive use is made of case studies, group exercises and site visits. All the main topics of urban transports are dealt with: diagnosing the key problems faced by a city; integrated approach of land use and transport planning; multimodal integration; corridor management; public transport management and regulation; governance and financing.
Among the exercises offered in the workshop, participants are required to work in groups on the case of specific a city and come up with recommendations that they will present at the end of the week.
As the course is meant to be interactive, the total number of participants for each session is limited to 35-40, and as far as possible sessions tend to be international to enlarge the scope of exchanges. They are always organized with a local partner institutions on the ground which takes care of advertising the course, organizing the logistics, and collecting the fees from participants, if a fee is charged. Among partner institutions are the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD); LTA Singapore, the World Research Institute (WRI), KOTI Korea, UITP.
Once participants have completed the course, they are invited to join the collaboration for development platform created by the World Bank to share information and enable a dialogue among them and with WB staff.
The list of former participants is also used by the WB to disseminate information and toolkits on Urban Transport.
Since the program was formally launched in January 2012, 39 offerings have been held in 4 different languages: English, Spanish, French and Chinese, which were attended by more than 1300 participants of more than 57 countries.