Since 2002, Nic has worked on a variety of international projects. As NGPT, Nic developed a National Urban Mobility Plan, as well as supporting the Thai Common Ticket Office with the development of multi-operator and multi-modal ticketing. Whilst working at ITP, Nic spent a number of years supporting the Department of Transportation in the Philippines to develop a road transit rationalisation programme. Nic has also worked in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia and New Zealand. 

Project experience

On behalf of GIZ, Nic developed a National Urban Mobility Plan (NUMP) for Thailand. The NUMP provides an inventory of urban mobility systems in Thailand and an inventory of national and urban mobility planning. This report acts a repository of data and information that sets out the existing national urban mobility situation. This  then presents a diagnostic assessment of urban mobility and how it is planned to identify an urban mobility programme that should overcome many of the urban mobility issues faced in Thailand today.

A second aspect of the project involved providing expert advice on the development of a common fare and common ticketing Nic presented to stakeholders international best practice in multi-operating ticketing and fare structures – building on his experience managing the Robin Hood Scheme – and acted as a critical friend when reviewing a consultancy report into further development of a common fare structure in Bangkok. Nic also supported the thinking of the Common Ticketing Team, exploring how a common fare can be delivered across Bangkok when there are competing operator interests.

Nic was project manager for the Metro Manila Road Transit Rationalisation Study. This involved documenting existing transit supply (previously there was no formal, publicly accessible record of where transit and para-transit services operated) and identifying passenger demand in order to assess how supply could be better designed to meet demand. Nic developed a comprehensive plan to develop 16 core transit corridors, alongside secondary and local services to meet the needs of users and make more efficient use of existing road space.

Following that study, Nic was employed as an independent expert by the Philippines Government (DOTC) to further develop the 16 mass transit corridors and develop deliverable actions in order to implement the recommendations. This was completed and presented to the highest tiers of government. 

Nic was involved in a study (ITP) that appraised and documented the implementation of BRT in Lagos, Johannesburg and Jakarta. This formed part of a World Bank handbook documenting good and bad examples of BRT implementation and operation in different conditions, including Delhi and Ahmedabad. Key responsibilities included undertaking a quantitative assessment of BRT performance together with a qualitative review of its ability to meet user expectations and address policy/strategic issues whilst in-country.

In Kumasi, Ghana, Nic set out to understand the transport needs of local people in order to guide the development of the Kumasi Transport Plan. Nic used ethnographic research techniques to understand the issues that local transport users face on a daily basis and used the findings from the research to guide the transport plan to ensure it met the needs of users. Nic also contributed to a series of focus discussion groups in addition to overseeing roadside interviews and classified vehicle counts.

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