recent projects

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Modasti Consulting are Arjen Jaarsma, a Public Transport Expert with more than 20 years of experience in public transport, and Petra van den Boorn, a Risk Management Expert with more than 25 years of experience in finance, auditing, governance and risk management.

Their most recent projects are listed below. These projects were carried out while working for Modasti Consulting and for earlier employers.

1 – Consultations on Electric Buses

year:           2017 – ongoing

region:        EU

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.

2 –  Support to Public Transport Operator

year:           2019

region:        EU

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.

3 –  Plan of Approach for Bus Rapid Transit Lines

year:           2019

country:      Netherlands

client:         Movares

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.

4 – Public Transport Saad Al Abdullah City

year:           2018 – 2019

country:      Kuwait

client:         Transmotion                  (end client: PAHW Kuwait)

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.

5 – Urban Mobility Plans Izmir and Kocaeli

year:           2018 – 2019

country:      Turkey

client:         ITP                                 (end client: World Bank)

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).

6 – Dubai Government Excellence Program

year:           2018

country:      United Arab Emirates

client:         HWTC                            (end client: RTA Dubai)

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).

7 – Public Transport Link to Cruise Terminal

year:           2017

country:      Netherlands

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.

8 – Setting up New Public Transport Operator

year:           2013 – 2015

country:      Netherlands

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).

9 – Position Paper Electric Buses

year:           2014 – 2015

region:        EU

client:         Fimotions                      (end client:BYD Europe)

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).

10 – CO2 Emissions Public Buses

year:           2013 – 2014

country:      Netherlands

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.

11 – Zero Emission Plan North Brabant

year:           2013

country:      Netherlands

client:         Keolis

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.

12 – CO2 Emissions Metro Stations

year:           2013

region:        EU

client:         RET                               (end client: European Commission / ERDF)

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.

13 – Policy Paper Public Transport

year:           2011 – 2013

country:      Netherlands

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.

14 – Restructuring Plan for Public Transport Operator

year:           2012

country:      Netherlands

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.

15 – Bid Team Preparation for Bus Tenders

year:           2011

country:      Netherlands

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.

16 – Public Transport Service Tender Arnhem Nijmegen

year:           2010 – 2011

country:      Netherlands

client:         Keolis

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.

17 – Bus Service Tender Waterland

year:           2010

country:      Netherlands

client:         Keolis

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.

18 – Khujand Transport Project

year:           2010

country:      Tajikistan

client:         Corporate Solutions        (end client: EBRD)

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.

19 – Bus Rapid Transit Kampala

year:           2009 – 2010

country:      Uganda

client:         ITP                                 (end client: World Bank)

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.

20 – Rail and Bus Service Tender Achterhoek Rivierenland

year:           2009

country:      Netherlands

client:         Keolis

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).

21 – Public Transport Concession Monitoring

year:           2009

country:      Netherlands

client:         inno-V                           (end client: Province of Friesland)

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.

22 – Bus Rapid Transit Commission

year:           2008

country:      Netherlands

client:         Keypoint Consultancy     (end client: Municipality of Enschede)

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.

23 – Public Transport Strategy Dubai Waterfront

year:           2008

country:      United Arab Emirates

client:         Nakheel

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.