MENA Transport Report 2019


In its 5th version, the MTR 2019 features 14 countries and 35 cities in the MENA region. Each country and city chapter gives an overview of the relevant public transport authorities and strategies before looking into the existing public transport services and the ongoing and planned projects.


Additionally, the progress of MENA is summarized on regional overview maps and benchmarked against international cities. Work on the MTR concluded in 2018, and the report was published in early 2019.



MENA Economics of Public Transport


The UITP MENA Centre for Transport Excellence is working on a study of the “Economics of Public Transport” with an aim of understanding the various business models, funding, financing, pricing, and other relevant schemes in MENA.


Based on in-depth case studies, interviews have been conducted with public transport authorities and/or operators in Casablanca, Muscat and Cairo. In order to get a representative assessment across the MENA region, more interviews are planned in Amman, Dubai and Riyadh.


A report with the findings will be published in 2019.



CTE-RTA Research residency

Research and innovation are key in today’s fast moving and digitalized public transport industry. However, for R&I to succeed, there has to be an environment within organizations and authorities that nurture research, especially among young staff. MENA CTE and RTA are partnering on an initiative to promote research habits among young RTA staff.

After receiving more than 10 applications from various RTA agencies, three RTA staff were selected to work together with CTE researchers on the following topics:

  • Economics of Public Transport
  • Attracting talents and skills in Public Transport
  • Women in Public Transport
MENA CTE conducts research and case studies in the field of public transport and sustainable mobility in the MENA region. 

User-Oriented Public Transport (UOPT)


This study aims to understand the perceptions of users and non-users of public transport services using five case studies in Algiers, Amman, Beirut, Casablanca and Muscat. User characteristics (gender, age, and other socio-economic attributes) are mapped to mobility preferences. Understanding and meeting users’ requirements are key to enhancing the customer experience; and ultimately increasing public transport ridership. The research was completed in collaboration with academic partners in MENA. Key-findings and recommendations will be included in the final report which will be released in the first half of 2019.



Informal Transport


As more focus is shifted towards developing public transport services in MENA cities, Informal Transport is often viewed as direct (and unfair) competition to the more formal and organized public transport services. Their mode of operations (large fleets on extensive and unformal routes) presents serious challenges to the implementation of new public transport schemes. In addition to the organization issues, there is also a socio-economic dimension as this sector employs a large number of individuals as well as provide livelihood for a large number of families. As such, attempts to organize the sector must strike a balance in order to sort out these tough constraints.


This report approaches the subject of Informal Transport through in-depth case studies in four MENA cities: Amman, Beirut, Cairo and Dubai. The aim of the case studies is to provide examples and illustrate various experiences to better understand Informal Transport in the region and propose how it can be integrated into efficient and sustainable urban mobility plans for the region’s cities.