Ongoing Research


MENA CTE conducts research and case studies in the field of public transport and sustainable mobility in the MENA region. 

Ongoing Research Projects

User- Oriented Public Transport in MENA
This project aims to identify public transport user profiles in the MENA region and understand their travel behavior with a specific focus on gender mobility and mobility habits of young people. This is to help operators and transport authorities improve customer experience and develop efficient customer centric strategies.  The project also analyses public transport safety practices in MENA, and draws on solutions from international case studies, to  improve taxi and bus driving behavior and facilitate safe interaction between the diverse transport modes in urban space. Finally, the project will showcase developments in smart mobility solutions in MENA such as delivering multi-modal and real time information, integration of automatic ticketing systems and use of big data to provide user-oriented public transport systems.
Informal Transport in the MENA Region

There is a significant gap in knowledge and research on informal transport in the MENA region. Nevertheless, it is the most used and accessible mode of transport in several MENA cities such as Cairo, Beirut, and Algiers, and presents a complicated dilemma to formal public transport operators and authorities. The study aims to provide policies and solutions for integrated transport policies that reorganize, formalize, control or incorporate paratransit into existing transport plans. It is an attempt to show whether, how and when this reform should happen. This will be done through situation analysis which describes: the types of informal transport, modal split, ridership for informal transport compared to formal transit, users travel behavior, mobility patterns and fare structures for several MENA cities. It will examine and extract best practices and lessoned learned from cities from MENA, Asia, Latin America and Africa with successful track records in dealing with informal transport to come up with comprehensive and tailored solutions for operators and public transport authorities in dealing with different modes of informal transport across the region.


Ongoing Publications

MENA CTE Compilation 2017

This annual publication combines the most interesting research results and articles published by MENA CTE and its members during the year. The short easy to read articles will feature reactions and analysis of news, events related to transport developments covering 13 countries in the region. New trends driving the public transport sector will be summarized with analysis and insights from the experienced CTE team and UITP members including transport experts, policy makers and the professionals from the region’s leading universities, public transport authorities and top transport firms in manufacturing, operations and industry. 

MENA Transport Report 2017
This report will be an update of the MTR 2016 (see publications) with some improvements in the structure of the chapters to provide better, city and country- level, transport intelligence and data to UITP MENA members. New cities will be covered in this year's edition and additional information will be added for some cities already existing in the report. The overall objective of this project is to become a reference document for public transport actors in the region to gauge market development and understand transport challenges in the cities which they operate. It helps our members understand the degree of maturity of cities to implement and lead public transport innovation in the region.
MENA Mobility in Cities Database (MCD) 2017
This quantitative project is the follow-up of the MCD MENA 2016 and aims at gathering and analyzing urban transport indicators in additional cities and urban areas in MENA. Indicators of public transport performance in MENA cities will be benchmarked against regional and global counterparts. This project aims at creating, year after year, a MENA urban transport database and aims to become an international reference for academia, operators and local authorities for the MENA region.