key reference projects
Arjen’s most recent projects are listed below. These projects were carried out while working for Modasti Consulting and for earlier employers.
1 – Review Public Transport Plan Greater Salalah
Arjen reviewed a Public Transport Plan developed as part of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the Omani governate of Dhofar. At the core of the plan are a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in order to accommodate the population growth in Salalah, the capital city of the governate. Arjen reviewed the Public Transport Plan and wrote substantial extensions for it.
2 – Public Transport Study for Sakakah
year: 2019 – 2020
country: Saudi Arabia
As a Transportation Planning Expert, Arjen was part of a multidisciplinary team — led by global engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV — which developed a Public Transport System for Sakakah and the surrounding areas. Sakakah is the capital city of the Al Jouf region in the northern part of the country. The project’s owner is the national Transport General Authority (TGA, based in Riyadh), and the most important stakeholders are the local authorities in Al Jouf. The project is part of a national strategy to bring public transport to all intermediate cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Arjen developed a vision for the new Public Transport System in close collaboration with the other project team members and the end client. Taking into account the results of the transport model, he subsequently designed three options for the new system: a system based on regular buses, a system with Bus Rapid Transit as its backbone and a system with Tram as its backbone. Furthermore, he led the development of an Investment Strategy (CAPEX), an Operational Plan (OPEX) and a Contract of Operations for the selected public transport option: a system based on Electric Buses. In addition to the results of the transport model (with a forecast for 2040), he developed a Backcasting Excel Model to predict ridership and revenues for 2024-2040 on an annual basis. Arjen also served as the project team’s representative in the country for three months on this 16-months project (as a Deputy Project Manager).
3 – Economic Evaluation of Public Transport Systems
country: Saudi Arabia
As a Transportation Planning Expert, Arjen was part of a multidisciplinary team — led by global engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV — which developed an integrated national tool to measure the Economic Benefits of urban public transport in the country. The project’s owner is the national Transport General Authority (TGA, based in Riyadh) and the most important stakeholders are the five largest cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA): Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, and Dammam. This project is part of a national initiative to streamline and professionalise the assessment and prioritisation of large mass transit schemes. Arjen took part in kick-off meetings at the beginning of this 15-month project as well as several stakeholder sessions.
4 – Support to Public Transport Operator
client: not disclosed (end client: not disclosed)
During a short assignment, Arjen gave advice to a European Public Transport Operator about possibilities of bidding for a Bus Service Contract in the MENA region.
5 – Plan of Approach for Bus Rapid Transit Lines
As a tender strategist, Arjen was hired by Movares – a leading Dutch consulting firm – to assist in the development of a Plan of Approach to solve infrastructural problems for four Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines in the vicinity of Amsterdam. This Plan of Approach was required as part of a Bid for a large framework contract to provide consultancy services for the Transport Region Amsterdam. Arjen wrote the main text for the Bid. Some weeks after submission, Movares was announced as one of the three winners of the tender.
6 – Public Transport Saad Al Abdullah City
year: 2018 – 2019
As a sub-consultant to Transmotion – a Kuwait based traffic and transportation consultancy – Arjen developed an Integrated Public Transport Plan for the Saad Al Abdullah City Master Plan Project. In cooperation with South Korean partners, South Saad Al Abdullah City will be developed as a smart green city for 250,000 people. The Integrated Public Transport Plan includes a BRT system as the backbone of the public transport system for the city.
7 – Urban Mobility Plans Izmir and Kocaeli
year: 2018 – 2019
As a sub-consultant to ITP – a pioneering UK consultancy – Arjen was part of a team of experts assisting Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality with streamlining and updating their Urban Mobility Plans. As a Task Leader, Arjen was responsible for the analysis of the Economic and Financial sustainability of current and proposed public transport investments (mainly bus priority schemes and metro line extensions).
8 – Dubai Government Excellence Program
country: United Arab Emirates
As a Subject Matter Expert (SME), Arjen conducted assessments at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai to prepare the organisation for the 21stedition of the prestigious Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP) in 2019. The assignment involved two assessments: Financial Sustainability (with RTA’s Sustainability Committee) and Buses and Public Transportation (with RTA’s Public Transport Agency).
9 – Consultations on Electric Buses
year: 2017 – 2018
client: GLG (end clients: not disclosed)
As an advisory council member of GLG – the world’s leading platform connecting business to insight – Arjen regularly gives advice about the effects of the rise of Electric Buses and other mobility trends to Bus Manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers.
10 – Public Transport Link to Cruise Terminal
client: City of Amsterdam
As a Public Transport Specialist, Arjen was part of a team of experts conducting an integrated study for the City of Amsterdam to identify the best location for a new cruise terminal (due to the planned closure of the current cruise terminal). As part of this integrated study, Arjen carried out a feasibility study for the development of a BRT link to provide tourists on cruise ships easy access to the Amsterdam city centre.
11 – Setting up New Public Transport Operator
year: 2013 – 2015
client: Go! Groen ov
Petra and Arjen were two co-founders of Go! Groen ov, a Dutch start-up that aimed to become a fossil-free Public Transport Operator. Together with a third co-founder, they prepared a long-term business plan based on the deployment of Electric Buses running on electricity from renewable resources. They carried out extensive market research and had talks with electric bus manufactures, venture capital investors and other strategic partners. Petra also developed several financial scenarios for the business plan and a risk management framework for the company. Arjen also led the setting up of Bus Service Bids for two contracts in the Netherlands: Southeast Brabant (€ 50 million yearly turnover) and Almere (mainly BRT, € 30 million yearly turnover).
12 – Position Paper Electric Buses
year: 2014 – 2015
As a sub-consultant to Fimotions – a boutique consulting firm in sustainable transport – Arjen took part in the writing of a Position Paper aiming to increase the share of Electric Buses in urban areas. The paper was financed by the European branch of BYD – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric vehicles – and includes a detailed calculation of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for diesel and electric buses. Arjen’s main role in the research phase of this project was to develop an Operational and Financial Case Study of the Amstelland-Meerlanden Bus Contract (mainly BRT with a fleet of around 270 buses).
13 – CO2 Emissions Public Buses
year: 2013 – 2014
client: Knowledge platform CROW
Arjen and his colleague were hired by CROW – the Dutch technology platform for transport, infrastructure and public space – to conduct a research project on CO2 emissions of the national fleet of 5000 public transport buses in the Netherlands. We collected data regarding the bus vehicle fleet, fuel consumption, bus depot energy efficiency and passenger numbers for the different Public Transport Authorities. Based on this, model calculations were made resulting in an average CO2 emission (in grams per passenger kilometre) for every Public Transport Authority in the country.
14 – Zero Emission Plan North Brabant
As an electric bus specialist, Arjen was hired by Keolis – a global Public Transport Operator – to participate in their Bid Team for two bus contracts in the province of North Brabant (with a total € 100 million yearly turnover). Arjen prepared the deployment plan of Electric Buses, dubbed as a zero-emission plan, for the Bid.
15 – CO2 Emissions Metro Stations
Arjen and his colleague were hired by RET – the Public Transport Operator of the City of Rotterdam – to execute several tasks for the EU project Ticket to Kyoto. In this project, five large European operators joined forces to reduce CO2 emissions from their public transport systems. We assisted RET with its role in a workgroup responsible for energy savings in metro stations, represented RET during a project meeting in Manchester and contributed to the final report of the EU project.
16 – Policy Paper Public Transport
year: 2011 – 2013
client: Transport Region Amsterdam
Arjen and his colleagues were hired by the Public Transport Authority in the Amsterdam region to develop an extensive Policy Paper which gives a framework for a sustainability transition for the public transport systems in the Amsterdam region (metro, tram, BRT and conventional bus lines). As a Project Leader, Arjen was responsible for the final deliverable of this project.
17 – Restructuring Plan for Public Transport Operator
client: EBS Public Transportation
As a strategic advisor, Arjen was hired by EBS Public Transportation – a national Public Transport Operator – to take part in the development of an integrated Restructuring Plan for a Public Transport Operator with, at that time, a negative profit margin.
18 – Bid Team Preparation for Bus Tenders
client: EBS Public Transportation
As a strategic advisor, Arjen was hired by EBS Public Transportation – a national Public Transport Operator – to select an upcoming bus tender and to prepare a Bid Team for the actual bidding process. The assignment included SWOT analyses of several bus tenders, forecasting profit margins and detailed planning and division of tasks for the Bid Team.
19 – Public Transport Service Tender Arnhem Nijmegen
year: 2010 – 2011
Arjen and his colleague were hired by Keolis – a global Public Transport Operator – to collaborate on their Bid for the multimodal concession Arnhem Nijmegen (two cities in the Eastern part of the country). As members of the Bid Team, we developed and wrote the Public Transport Vision, the social safety plan, the participation plan and the plan to deploy a large fleet of biogas buses.
20 – Bus Service Tender Waterland
Arjen and his colleague were hired by Keolis – a global Public Transport Operator – to collaborate on their Bid for the bus concession Waterland (a suburban area north of Amsterdam with many BRT lines). As members of the Bid Team, we developed and wrote the Public Transport Vision, the integrated sustainability plan and the bus fleet deployment plan.
21 – Khujand Transport Project
As a sub-consultant to Corporate Solutions – a UK consultancy – Arjen was part of an international team which conducted a Public Transport Study funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As a Public Transport Specialist, Arjen contributed to the main components of the study: (i) development of a new bus routes network; (ii) upgrading of the bus fleet; (iii) developing a new governance framework with Public Service Contracts between government and existing bus operators.
22 – Bus Rapid Transit Kampala
year: 2009 – 2010
As a sub-consultant to ITP –a pioneering UK consultancy – Arjen was part of a team of experts carrying out a pre-feasibility study for the development of a BRT system in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area. The result of the study was a plan for eight potential BRT corridors.
23 – Rail and Bus Service Tender Achterhoek Rivierenland
As a transport specialist, Arjen was hired by Keolis – a global Public Transport Operator – to assist Keolis’ tender team with the development of a Bus Routes Network Plan for Achterhoek Rivierenland (a multimodal public transport concession in the central part of the country).
24 – Public Transport Concession Monitoring
As a sub-consultant to inno-V – a Dutch consultancy in public transport – Arjen assisted the Province of Friesland to improve the monitoring of its Bus Service Contracts. Arjen developed a new framework to award bonuses and maluses to the Public Transport Operators running the transport concessions.
25 – Bus Rapid Transit Commission
As a sub-consultant to Keypoint Consultancy, Arjen was member of a Commission assessing several design principles (width of bus lanes, locations and designs of bus stops, etc.) for a new BRT line.
26 – Public Transport Strategy Dubai Waterfront
country: United Arab Emirates
Arjen was hired by Nakheel – a large property developer based in Dubai – to assist their Waterfront Company with the design of Dubai Waterfront, a city with 1.4 million inhabitants. Arjen developed the Public Transport Strategy for the planned city, including a network of several metro and bus lines.