Student and Teacher teamed up for transport benchmarking survey

25.01.2018

Being proactive is the key to getting assignments like this, says mr. Iqbal

Transport markets are opening up for free competition in Finland. New transport policy aims at creating fair competition in passenger and freight transport. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is being introduced. Hence, there is need to gain more information about the reporting mechanisms and indicators used in other countries.

International reporting mechanisms of transport markets conducted by student Tayyab Iqbal and lector Kaija Haapasalo from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences for Trafi, was to produce additional information with help of international benchmarking studies.

Here are some insights from mr Tayyab Iqbal, from Pakistan, studying for his final year in International Business and Logistics at Metropolia University of Applied sciences.

How did you get this assignment?

"By being proactive! In spring semester of 2017, students from Metropolia and Saarbrücken (Germany) did an Innovation Project for City Logistics with Kaija Haapasalo as our supervisor. When that project was over and pretty much most of the students had left for vacations or had stopped reading school emails, I still used to read emails and i was working in vacations to save up for autumn semester. In May of 2017, I received an email from Kaija Haapasalo regarding a paid thesis project for National Transport Agency of Finland and I wasted no time to contact Kaija and over the subsequent weeks after some discussions between Trafi and Metropolia, I was given the project."

How the process went?

"The process was fairly conventional. I started under Kaija’s supervision and worked up a plan to initiate, work-through, conclude and finalise the whole project. The project assignment was divided into 2 phases. One of them ended earlier already in mid August and 2nd one ended in December. The 2nd assignment based on “International reporting mechanisms of transport markets” was the most demanding and kept me hooked to my work computer even on the weekends.

Kaija and I arranged meetings with Pietari Pentinsaari and Laura Riipinen on periodic intervals to discuss the bottlenecks and the direction of the research if it is heading in proper direction so things won’t go wrong in the last minute. Safe to say that the process went well and smooth."

What did you find in your research?

"The research revolved around benchmarking the information about reporting mechanisms and indicators used to follow up different transport modes, follow up procedures, and pricing of MaaS (Mobility as a Service) services. The information which was gathered from New Zealand, State of California in the USA, Sweden, Norway and Belgium was then compared with the current status of reporting and monitoring in Finland."


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