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  • This e-course has run and moderated during the indicated timeline in the course description. At the moment the content of this course is still available in a self-paced format for all participants who wish to access. The course is no longer moderated and therefore, there is no possibility to get a certificate from this course. In case there any updates regarding this course, it will be published here.

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    The Mobility Academy team.

    • This course, Creating a metropolitan public transport authority, was originally offered as a 4-week moderated course in spring 2014 as part of the EU TIDE project. While we can no longer provide expert moderation, we are happy to make the course material open for you to learn from.  If you have any questions about this course or about the TIDE project, please contact

  • Unit 1: Introduction

    Increasing suburbanisation has created a need for neighbouring authorities to collaborate in providing public transport by forming metropolitan public transport authorities. This course will address the potential scope of MPTA activities, including alternative  approaches and voluntary vs. obligatory PTAs. It will provide examples of successful MPTAs and address potential legal barriers and political obstacles.

  • Unit 2: Background and context

    This unit talks about some of the reasons why it may become necessary to re-think the organisation of the public transport in your city, as well as some of the challenges that are associated with doing so. It also describes several success stories.

  • Unit 3: Roles of an MPTA

    This unit explains the scope of MPTA activity and alternative approaches to creating a well-functioning MPTA.

  • Unit 4: Legal background

    Public transport authorities operate within different legal contexts. The legal back-story of your local PTA can fundamentally impact the way you go about creating an MPTA.

  • Unit 5: Different legal forms of a MPTA

    Successful MPTAs are owned and operated under a variety of legal statuses and configurations. This unit takes a look 'behind the scenes' to explain the various legal forms of MPTAs.

  • Unit 6: Financing MPTAs

    This unit explains financing and revenue allocation schemes, and offers insights into lessons learned from a case in the Poland.

  • Unit 7: Decision making schemes and public participation

    Strategic and operational decision-making in a MPTA should always be carried out with the ultimate goal of delivering quality service to the public. As such, MPTAs need to take steps to ensure an efficient and well-informed decision-making process. This unit explains why and how this should be achieved.

  • Unit 8: Conclusion

    What have you learned and what else can you learn from the TIDE project?

    • Review of the key messages and resources of this course

    • A few more resources that may be useful