GOAL (the Benchmarking Group of North American Light Rail Systems) had its Annual Meeting on 14-16th August in Norfolk, Virginia hosted by Hampton Roads Transit. GOAL was the first group facilitated by the Transport Strategy Centre (TSC) at Imperial College London to benchmark performance of light rail systems, focusing on North America. BOLTS has been established as a separate group for international members, building on the experience of GOAL and the other benchmarking groups at the TSC including COMET (metros).
The meeting included a number of presentations, organisational updates and discussions. Particularly interesting discussions to apply to the BOLTS international group when it meets in September include best practices in benchmarking labour availability, maintenance efforts and security. Thank you to Hampton Roads Transit and to the GOAL group.