BEST News Update # 13 - 2011

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BEST News Update # 13 - 2011

In this BEST News Update you will find:
  1. An invitation to participate in BEST 2012
  2. Information about the new Key Figure database - that will make it possible to benchmark hard facts
  3. Info about how you can join BEST on LinkedIn

And you will also find a link to our very short survey about Special topic for 2012. By answering the two questions in the survey, you can help us picking the topic for 2012.


Invitation to participate in BEST 2012
In 2012 the BEST Survey will be conducted for the 11th time. Being a member of BEST gives you the possibility to exchange information about how public transport is performing in the eyes of the citizens and to establish and maintain a network with other public transport professionals. From 2012 it will also be possible to benchmark key figures ("hard facts"), to get a more complete picture.

This year it will be offered three types of membership:
  • Full membership
  • Basic membership
  • Partner
The deadline for signing up is: Friday 27th of January 2012. For more information about the different kind of membership, click the link below.
Invitation to participate in BEST 2012
General information about BEST 2012
Key figures to be included in the BEST web report

In 2012 it will also be possible to benchmark hard facts in the BEST web report. A new web based interface will make it easy to enter key figures directly into to BEST database. Based on the key figures entered, it will be very easy to make benchmarking with other cities in the database. Around 20 key figures will be included, that will be related to:

1. Statistical background information (like no of passengers, no of inhabitants etc)
2. Public Transport (system and capacity)
3. Public Transport Demand
4. Financial key figures
5. Quality
6. Ratios 1 (supply & demand ratios)
7. Ratios 2 (financial ratios)

The data will be validated by the BEST organisation before it is approved and made "official" in the web report. There will also be a made a specific solution for cities that do not want their key figures to be published, but still want to be a part of the key figure benchmarking.
Join us on LinkedIn

BEST has established a closed group on LinkedIn for its members and partners. The objective is to make it easier to create and maintain a relevant network with other PT professionals in Europe.
Join our group on LinkedIn
Special topic 2012 - which one will you prefer?

Each year a so called Special Topic is included in the BEST Survey. They idea is to collect benchmark information about a topic of common interest that is not normally included in the survey. In 2011 the special topic was related to the importance of frequency of service versus walking distance to stations/stops. This year we propose that you help us to select a topic by participating in our short survey where you can choose one or two topics from a list of seven. Or, you can propose a special topic of your choice.
Go to our short survey about special topics 2012
Visit the BEST web site
Log in to the BEST web report
BEST contact persons in participating cities
Jesper Wibrand (e-mail:
Fabrice Etienne (e-mail:
Antti Vuorela (e-mail:
Marit Elin Leite (e-mail:
Johan Willis (e-mail:
Contact us
Suvi Rihtniemi
BEST Chairperson
Executive Director of HSL

Antti Vuorela
BEST Vice Chairman
Tel: +358 40 5044 582

Kjetil Vrenne
BEST Project Manager
Tel: +47 922 53 471
+358 40 5044 582+47 922 53 471
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