TSC BOLTS Team learns from North America

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.

BOLTS Meeting in Berlin

The International Light Rail and Tram Benchmarking Group (BOLTS) met for the first time in person in Berlin, Germany, hosted by founding group member Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG). The Transport Strategy Centre facilitated the meeting with the four group members (Berlin BVG, Brussels STIB, Oslo Sporveien and Hong Kong MTR) across meeting and technical visit sessions on 1st and 2nd June 2023.

Members of BOLTS and the Transport Strategy Centre at Lichtenberg Depot.
Photo credit: Andreas Süß

The main aims of the meeting were to progress the ongoing development of the BOLTS strategy, Key Performance Indicators framework and analysis, and work programme, as well as giving members the opportunity for structured discussion, insight into the topic of tram and light rail collisions, networking and technical visits to Lichtenberg depot and Operational Control Centre.

Thank you to BVG for hosting this first in-person meeting of many. BOLTS is actively growing its membership and will be meeting again in Hong Kong later in 2023. If your organisation wants further information about BOLTS or the TSC, please get in touch using the Contacts page.