We arrange courses and seminars. Watch our videos from K2 Conferences and seminars, and learn about BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), New Ways of Financing Public Transport, and more.
BRT Seminar in Lund
New trends and opportunities for BRT

Juan Carlos Muñoz, Director of the Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, about new interesting trends and opportunities for BRT. Seminar about BRT arranged by K2 and VREF in Lund, September 30th 2015.

BRT and BHLS Evolution Worldwide

Dario Hidalgo about state of the practice of BRT around the world, from a seminar about BRT in Lund September 30th 2015. Seminar about BRT arranged by K2 and VREF in Lund, September 30th 2015.

From BRT to BHLS - Main findings in Europe

Francois Rimbaud about BHLS (Buses with a high level of service) in Europe, trends and main findings. Seminar about BRT arranged by K2 and VREF in Lund, September 30th 2015.

BRT and Accessibility: Innovative, interactive tools for participatory planning

Associate Professor Christopher Zegras from MIT about innovative, interactive tools for participatory planning. Seminar about BRT arranged by K2 and VREF in Lund, September 30th 2015.

New Ways of Financing Public Transport
Introducing New Ways of Financing Public Transport

On 3 and 4 March 2015, K2 and X2AB – together with UITP – arranged a conference in Malmö on new ways of financing public transport.  The conference provided background data on the need for an alternative and innovative financing of public transport,  and above all  concrete examples of alternative financing models with a broad focus on international experience and practical applications. 

HG Wessberg: Increased land value and other benefits as the basis for cost sharing in financing infrastructure in Sweden

HG Wessberg, Negotiator, Swedish government, about The National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure, and the work to negotiate the future of rail network for more housing, better labor market and sustainable travel. 

Beat Müller: Challenges of Public Transport

Cities are growing almost everywhere, is the message from Beat Müller from Postauto Schweiz AG , representing the UITP Transport Economics Commission. At the same time, the population is getting older. This also creates the need for better service, which requires funding. Meanwhile, the financial crisis has led to cuts, particularly in southern Europe.

Jerome Pourbaix: Challenges of Public Transport

Jerome Pourbaix from UITP notes that public transport costs money, but it simultaneously creates value. This value exceeds the cost, says Jerome Pourbaix. "Public transport makes the city more attractive," is his message.

Francesca Medda: Overview of Alternative Models for Financing

Francesca Medda is a professor at the University College of London and she gives an overview of public transport history.

Steve Naylor: Practical experience - Alternative Models for Toronto Area

Steve Naylor from Toronto Metrolinx in Canada about their investment strategy when faced with a massive expansion of the railway network in a rapidly growing area.

Henrik Plougmann Olsen: Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and financing of Copenhagen Metro

Henrik Plougmann Olsen, CEO Metroselskabet, Copenhagen, provides a background to the Copenhagen Metro City Ring, the largest building in Copenhagen for 400 years. He tells of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and the financing of the underground.



Bernt Reitan Jenssen: Long Term Funding Commitment of Public Transport - the Oslo Experience

Bernt Reitan Jenssen, VD Ruter As i Oslo, gives us the Norwegian perspective in financing public transport.

Stephen Dadswell: Partnerships with third parties (supermarket/pop up stores)

The notion that commercial ventures would stand in the way of "core business" has previously been strong at Transport for London, says Stephen Dadswell. But this is now starting to turn around.

Sue Flack: Earmarking - Work Parking Levies, example from the City of Nottingham

Employers in Nottingham that provide workplace parking places are required pay a charge as part the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) scheme. Revenues are used for public transport investments. Sue Flack, Director of Planning and Transportation Development, Nottingham, about how it was received by the citizens.

Atsushi Sakai: Practical Experiences - Secondary Revenues, Retail and Advertisement

Atsushi Sakai from the East Japan Railway Company highlights the fact that a third of their employees working on activities that have nothing to do with the railway.

Stenerik Ringqvist: Financing of Public Transport in Sweden

Sten Erik Ringqvist, RTM Konsult, provides a historical overview of how public transport has developed in Sweden from the 1950s to the present day.

Nils Raynaud: Financing models and special taxes - examples from France

Nils Raynaud from RATP about earmarked taxes.

Stephen Dadswell: Joint development - Land Value Capture and the Business Rate Supplement

Public transport connects travel, and increased pairing operates on land value, is the message from Stephen Dadswell at Transport for London.

Robert Westerdahl: The Rail + Property Model to Finance Public Transport

Public transport value potential is great, is the message from Robert Westerdahl at MTR. More shops at stations would make life easiner for commuters. It would also make public transport more attractive, says Robert Westerdahl.

Hilia Boris Iglesia: UITP Toolbox

Hilia Boris Iglesia from UITP presents the UITP Toolbox.

Mats Rönnbo: Views from Real Estate Sector

Mats Rönnbo, Nordic Development Director, Skanska, om utvecklingsprojekt och public-private partnership (ppp).

Ragnar Norbäck: Views from Public Transport Operator

"Society does not subsidize public transport, society buys services from public transport," is the message from Ragnar Norbäck, CEO Nobina and board member of K2. Ragnar Norbäck also emphasizes the importance of contracts.

Alain Flausch: Roadmap for Diversifying Revenue Streams

is the Secretary General of UITP and rounded off the conference with a speech.

Panel discussion: Possibilities for improving public transport

Moderator Alain Flausch, secretary general UITP. 

Panel discussion: Possibilities and challenges in introducing new models in Sweden

Moderator John Hultén, Director K2.  

Sustainable Urban Public Transport
Introducing Sustainable Urban Public Transport

Hösten 2014 anordnade vi på K2 vår första internationella konferens Sustainable Urban Public Transport: Challenges and Solutions. Vi hade flera internationella föreläsare och kollektivtrafik, samhällsplanering och hållbarhet belystes ur flera olika perspektiv.

Ulrika Bokeberg: On our Way - through Everyday Work, Dedication and Persistence

The region of Västra Götaland have been moving toward sustainable transport since nearly a decade. A lot of effort is needed in each step – hardly anything can be done by one actor in the system, is the message of Public Transport Director Ulrika Bokeberg from Region Västra Götaland. That demands continuous financial agreements, prioritizations, great trust between actors and brave people that are pushing forward, challenging existing patterns.

Charlotte Wäreborn Schultz: What Role can a New Public Transport Innovation Network Play

X2AB is together with K2, SAMOT, Trafikverket, SKL and Värmlandstrafik in the starting process of creating a new national network for innovation in public transport. Charlotte Wäreborn Schultz, CEO X2AB, presents the idea behind Public Transport Innovation Network and its potential.

Charlotte Wäreborn Schultz is CEO at X2AB.

Stefan Sedin: Accessibility, Safety and Security in Urban Public Transport

Stefan Sedin highlights how we can increase the accessibility, safety and security to public transportation.

Stefan Sedin is Managing Director Swedish Public Transport Association.

Jeffrey Kenworthy: Sustainable Transport for Sustainable Cities

Professor Jeffrey Kenworthy highlights trends and major changes in urban transport in recent years, like peak car and decoupling of GDP from growth in car use. What are some key things that cities should do to become more sustainable?

Jinhua Zhao: What has not worked? Challenges Facing China’s Public Transit

The critique in this talk is conditional on the marvelous achievement China has made in the public transit development. And the 2nd qualification of the talk is that there are 600+ cities in China with drastically different levels of development and corresponding problems. Understanding the potential danger of overgeneralization, Assistant Professor Jinhua Zhao highlights the most important challenges facing China’s public transit.

Jinhua Zhao is Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of K2 International Advisory Group.

Tom Rye: Why Sweden should be Proud of its Record in Urban and Regional Public Transport

Public transport use in Sweden is higher as a proportion of trips than in any other western European country. Why is this the case? In answering this question, Professor Tom Rye highlights examples of excellent practice in Swedish transport and land use planning.

Tom Rye is Professor at LTH/Lund University and Research Coordinator at K2.

Anna Anund: The Invisible Bus Driver

Associate Professor Anna Anund tells you the story of the bus driver, one of the most important stakeholders in public transportation. This is the stakeholder among those in the public transportation chain that has the least possibility to influence the work they are in charge to perform. Anna Anund highlights the bus driver's daily work with special focus on split shift, driver fatigue and the reasons behind.

Anna Anund is Associate Professor at VTI and Collaboration Coordinator at K2.

Helene Titheridge: The Role of Public Transport in Tackling Poverty and Promoting Well-Being

Helena Titheridge is Senior Lecturer, University College London. She speaks about the role of public transport in tackling poverty and promoting well-being.

Nigel Wilson: Roles for Automatic Data Sources in Public Transport Planning and Operations

Automatic vehicle location (AVL) and electronic fare collection (AFC) systems are starting to have a significant impact on both the planning and operation of public transport systems. A general framework for thinking about the use of these automated data sources to both the planning and performance measurement functions and the real-time operations management and customer information is presented by Professor Nigel Wilson with selected recent applications.

Nigel Wilson is Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of K2 International Advisory Group.