Niels van Oort

Niels van Oort works as an assistant professor Public Transport at Delft University of Technology and is co-director of the Smart Public Transport Lab. Via previous jobs as consultant and transport planner he has been involved in several public transport projects for over 15 years. His main fields of expertise are public transport planning, data-driven design, with special interest in the passenger perspective, service reliability and multimodality. In addition to teaching, Niels often presents his work at conferences and he frequently publishes articles in (international) journals.

Niels studied traffic and transport at Delft University of Technology and finished his Master on Public Transport in 2003. He started to work as a researcher at HTM, the public transport company of The Hague. During this job, he started a PhD on service reliability in public transport. He performed his research part time at Delft University of Technology and in 2009 he joined the public transport research group of Professor Wilson at MIT. In 2010 he changed jobs and started to work as a public transport consultant at Goudappel Coffeng mobility consultants. He finished his PhD in 2011 and started to work parttime at Delft university of Technology in 2012 as an assistant professor. He is involved in several studies concerning network and timetable optimization, thereby applying his research into practice. Since 2018, he manages the Smart Public Transport Lab.

Alonso-Gonzalez M.J., Cats O., van Oort N., Hoogendoorn-Lanser, S. and Hoogendoorn S. (2019). Willingness to share rides in on-demand services for different market segments. The 16th International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo 16), Singapore.


Arendsen, J. (2019). "Shared mobility for the first and last mile". MSc thesis TU Delft


Boor, S. Impacts of 4th generation bike-sharing: Case study city of Delft MSc Thesis http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:0ac0d41a-5d86-430a-b6c4-af6b44371f8c


Brands T., Dixit M. and van Oort N. (2019). Impact of a new metro line on ridership, travel times, reliability and societal costs and benefits. Transportation Research days, 23-24 May 2019, Gent, Belgium.


Bronsvoort, K. (2019) Exploring alternative public transport in rural areas: What are the preferences of bus users in rural areas of the Netherlands for a demand responsive transport service and a multimodal alternative that combines express bus and bike-sharing? MSc Thesis http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:b64b3429-c521-430b-93bf-148944260281


Coutinho F., van Oort N., Christoforou Z., Alonso-González M.J., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2019). Impacts of Replacing Fixed Transit Lines by a Demand Responsive Transit System”. International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo), Singapore. August 2019.


Coutinho, F. (2019). "Evaluation of the impacts coming from the transformation of fixed bus lines into demand-responsive systems". Master Thesis ParisTech Foundation Renault and TU Delft.


Dixit M., Brands T., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2019). Impact analysis of a new metro line in Amsterdam using automated data sources. Transit Data 2019, Paris.


Dixit M., Brands, T., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2019). Passenger Travel Time Reliability for Multi-Modal Public Transport Journeys. Proceedings of the 98th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


Imran A.M., van Oort N., Cats O., Hoogendoorn S., van der Pot P. (2019). Combining Speed Adjustment and Holding Control for Regularity-based Transit Operations. IEEE proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS2019), Cracow, Poland.


Kapetanović, M., van Oort, N., Nunez, A., & Goverde, R. (2019). Sustainability of Railway Passenger Services: A Review of Aspects, Issues, Contributions and Challenges of Life Cycle Emissions. In A. Peterson, M. Joborn, & M. Bohlin (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis: Rail Norrköping 2019 


Ma, X., Y. Ji, Y. Yuan, N. Van Oort, S.P. Hoogendoorn (2019), Effects of Docked Bikesharing Fleets, Urban Land Uses, and Socio-Demographic Characteristics on Dockless Bikesharing User Demand, Proceedings of the 98th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


Ma, X., Y. Yuan, N. Van Oort, Y. Ji, S.P. Hoogendoorn (2019), Understanding the Difference in Travel Patterns Between Docked and Dockless Bikesharing Systems: A Case Study in Nanjing, China, Proceedings of the 98th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


Narayan J., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2019). Does Ride-Sourcing Absorb the Demand for Car and Public Transport in Amsterdam? IEEE proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (MT-ITS2019), Cracow, Poland.


Rijsman, L., N. van Oort, D. Ton, S. Hoogendoorn , E. Molin, T. Teijl (2019), Walking and bicycle catchment areas of tram stops: factors and insights, Proceedings of IEEE MT-ITS conference, Krakow.


Seerden, M. (2019). “Quantifying the impact of in-vehicle crowding on customer satisfaction in Public Transport”. MSc thesis TU Delft


Shelat, S., O. Cats, N. van Oort, J.W.C. van Lint (2019), Calibrating Route Choice Sets for an Urban Public Transport Network using Smart Card Data, Proceedings of IEEE MT-ITS conference, Krakow.


Triggianese, Cavallo, Baron and Kuijper (2019). Stations as Nodes exploring the role of stations in future metropolitan areas, from a French and Dutch perspective. TU Delft Open. EAN: 9789463661409


van der Werff E., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2019). Robust Control for Regulating Frequent Bus Services: Supporting the Implementation of Headway-based Holding Strategies. Proceedings of the 98th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


van der Werff, E., van Oort, N., Cats, O., & Hoogendoorn, S. (2019). Robust Control for Regulating Frequent Bus Service: Supporting the Implementation of Headway-Based Holding Strategies (No. 19-01091).https://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/6PCT9WJW4NFUKHRBZDWS/full


Wiercx, M., N. van Oort, R. Huisman (2019), Impacts of charging methods and mechanisms of zero emission buses on costs and level of service, Proceedings of IEEE MT-ITS conference, Krakow.


Wiercx, M., R. Huisman, N. van Oort, B. van Arem (2019), Operations of zero-emission buses: impacts of charging methods and mechanisms on costs and the level of service, 98th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


Willer, S. (2019) Tram-train: when is it a suitable mode?: Development of a model to determine applicability of tram-train MSc Thesis http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:70eacb8c-bcbb-4e13-9cce-3a110572ca93


Yap M., Luo D., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2019). Where Shall We Sync? Clustering Passenger Flows to Identify Urban Public Transport Hubs and Their Key Synchronization Priorities. Transportation Research Part C, 98, 433-448.


Alonso Gonzalez M.J., Durand A., Harms L., van Oort N., Cats O., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S. and Hoogendoorn S. “Will Car Users Change Their Mobility Patterns with Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Microtransit? – A Latent Class Cluster Analysis”. 7th European Symposium on Quantitative Methods in Transportation Systems (hEART), Athens, Greece, September 2018.


Alonso-Gonzalez M., Liu T., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2018). The Potential of Demand Responsive Transport as a Complement to Public Transport: An Assessment Framework and an Empirical Evaluation. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 36119811879084. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118790842


Alonso-Gonzalez M.J., Hoogendoorn-Lanser S., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. “Value of Reliability for the Waiting Stage, In-vehicle Stage and Transfer Stage of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) Services”. Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia. July 2018.


Brands, T., N. van Oort, M. Yap (2018), Automatic bottleneck detection using AVL data: a case study in Amsterdam, Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia.


Degeler, V., L. Heydenrijk-Ottens, D. Luo. N. van Oort, H. van Lint (2018), Unsupervised approach to bunching swings phenomenon Analysis, Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia.


Durand, A., N. van Oort and S. Hoogendoorn (2018). Assessing and Improving Operational Strategies for the Benefit of Passengers in Rail-Bound Urban Public Transport Systems. Transportation Research Record. (No. 18-00524).


Durand, A., N. van Oort and S. Hoogendoorn (2018). Assessing and Improving Operational Strategies for the Benefit of Passengers in Rail-Bound Urban Public Transport Systems. Proceedings of the 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


Durand, A., van Oort, N., & Hoogendoorn, S. (2018). Assessing and Improving Operational Strategies for the Benefit of Passengers in Rail-Bound Urban Transport Systems. Transportation Research Record, 2672(8), 421–430. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198118786671


Heydenrijk-Ottens, L., V. Degeler, D. Luo, N. van Oort, H. van Lint (2018), Supervised learning: Predicting passenger load in public transport, Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia.


Leferink, T., J. van Mil, J.A. Annema, N. van Oort (2018), Cycling as access and egress mode of public transport: what are the factors affecting the combination?, European Transport Conference, Dublin


Narayan J., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. “Passenger Route Choice and Assignment Model for Combined Fixed and Flexible Public Transport Systems”. Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia. July 2018.


Roelofsen D., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2018). Assessing Disruption Management Strategies in Rail-bound Urban Public Transport from a Passenger Perspective. Proceedings of the Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia.


Roelofsen D., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2018). Assessing Disruption Management Strategies in Rail-Bound Urban Public Transport from a Passenger Perspective”. Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia. July 2018.


Roelofsen, D., O.Cats, N. van Oort, S. Hoogendoorn (2018), A passenger-oriented framework to assess disruption management strategies in rail-bound urban public transport, European Transport Conference, Dublin


Scheltes, A., B. Govers, N. van Oort (2018), Automation in urban public transport systems; the way forward to create better and more liveable cities; a rotterdam case study, European Transport Conference, Dublin


Shelat, S., Huisman, R., & van Oort, N. (2018). Analysing the trip and user characteristics of the combined bicycle and transit mode. Research in Transportation Economics.


Van der Bijl, R., N. van Oort, B. Bukman (2018), Light Rail Transit Systems: 61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development, Elsevier.


Van Hagen, M., N. van Oort (2018), Improving railway passengers experience: two perspectives, Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia. July 2018.


Van Mil, J.F.P., T.S. Leferink, J.A. Annema, N. van Oort (2018), Insights into factors affecting the combined bicycle transit Mode, Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia. July 2018.


Van Oort, N. and Yap, M.D. (2018). AI-technieken winnen terrein. OV Magazine 2018-3.


Yap M., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. “Controlling the propagation of passenger disruption impacts in multi-level public transport networks”. OR 2018: International Conference on Operations Research, Brussels, Belgium. September 2018.


Yap M., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. “Controlling the Propagation of Passenger Disruption Impacts in Multi-level Public Transport Networks”. 7th European Symposium on Quantitative Methods in Transportation Systems (hEART), Athens, Greece, September 2018.


Yap, M., N. van Oort (2018), Driver schedule efficiency vs. public transport robustness: A framework to quantify this trade-off based on passive data, Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport and TransitData (CASPT), Brisbane, Australia.


Yap, M.D., Nijenstein, S. & Van Oort, N. (2018). Improving predictions of public transport usage during disturbances based on smart card data. Transport Policy, 61, pp. 84-95.


Yap, M.D., Van Oort, N., Van Nes, N., Van Arem, B. (2018). Identification and quantification of link vulnerability in multi-level public transport networks: a passenger perspective. Transportation. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11116-018-9892-5


Alonso Gonzalez M., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2017). Flexibility or Uncertainty? Forecasting Modal Shift Towards Demand Responsive Public Transport. International Choice Modelling Conference, Cape Town.


Alonso-Gonzalez M.J., van Oort N., Cats O. and Hoogendoorn S. (2017). Urban Demand Responsive Transport in the Mobility as a Service Ecosystem: Its Role and Potential Market Share. The 15th International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo15), Sweden.


Brand, J., N. Van Oort, S.P. Hoogendoorn, B. Schalkwijk (2017), Modelling Multimodal Transit Networks, Integration of bus networks with walking and cycling, Proceedings of IEEE MT-ITS conference, Napoli.


Brethome, L., Bouvet-Agnelli, C., Chevrier, R., Van Oort, N., Rodriguez J. (2017), Optimization of a passenger railway transportation plan considering mobility flows and service quality, 6th International Seminar on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis, Lille.


Brethomé, L., C. Bouvet-Agnelli, R. Chevrier, N. van Oort, J. Rodriguez. (2017) Optimisation d’une desserte ferroviaire tenant compte des flux de voyageurs et de la qualité de service.18e Congrès de la société Française de Recherche Opérationnelle et d’Aide à la Décision (ROADEF), February 2017, Metz, France.


De Regt K., Cats O., van Oort N. and van Lint H. (2017). Investigating Potential Transit Ridership by Fusing Smartcard Data and GSM Data Transportation Research Record, 2652, 50-58.


De Regt K., Cats O., van Oort N. and van Lint H. (2017). Investigating Potential Transit Ridership by Fusing Smartcard Data and GSM Data. Proceedings of the 96th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC.


Keizer, B. de, M. Peeters, N. van Oort (2017), Finding rail potential: methodology to predict rail ridership based on socio economic developments, European Transport Conference, Barcelona.


Lee, A., Yap, M.D. & Van Oort, N. (2017). Overstappen en onbetrouwbaarheid in het OV: Een methode voor kwantificering van reizigerseffecten in een netwerkcontext. Tijdschrift Vervoerwetenschap, 53(1), pp. 36-53.


Möhring, R., N. van Oort (2017), Spatial impacts of autonomous vehicles compared to railways, European Transport Conference, Barcelona.


Narayan J., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hoogendoorn S. (2017). Performance Assessment of Fixed and Flexible Public Transport in a Multi Agent Simulation Framework. EWGT2017 (20th Euro Working Group on Transportation), Budapest, Hungary.


Performance assessment of fixed and flexible public transport in a multi agent simulation framework. Narayan, J., Cats, O., van Oort, N., & Hoogendoorn, S. (2017). Transportation Research Procedia27, 109-116.


Scheltes, A.F., Yap, M.D. & Van Oort, N. (2017). Reizigerspotentie en –voorkeuren ten aanzien van zelfrijdende voertuigen op de last-mile in een openbaar vervoer reis. Tijdschrift Vervoerwetenschap, 53(2), pp. 3-8.


Shelat, S., R. Huisman, N. van Oort (2017). Understanding the Trip and User Characteristics of the combined Bicycle and Transit Mode. Thredbo conference Stockholm.


Van Oort, N., A. de Koning, S. van der Drift, M.D. Yap. (2017). Insights into door-to-door dynamics of public transport riders by app, survey and AVL data; case of Amsterdam metropolitan area. TransitData, 3rd Internatonal workshop and symposium, Santiago de Chile.


Van Oort, N., Cats, O., Yap, M.D. (2017). Vervoer op afroep is niet meer te stuiten (in Dutch). OV Magazine.


Van Oort, N., R.A.J. vd Bijl, F.C.A. Verhoof (2017), The wider benefits of high quality public transport for cities, European Transport Conference, Barcelona.


Yap, M.D., Cats, O., Van Oort, N. & Hoogendoorn, S.P. (2017). Robust transfer inference: a transfer inference algorithm for public transport journeys during disruptions. Transportation Research Procedia, 27, pp. 1042-1049.


Yap, M.D., O. Cats, N. van Oort, S.P. Hoogendoorn. (2017). A data-driven approach to infer spatial characteristics and service reliability of public transport hubs. TransitData, 3rd Internatonal workshop and symposium, Santiago de Chile


Yap, M.D., S. Nijensteijn, N. van Oort (2017). Improving predictions of the impact of disturbances on public transport usage based on smart card data. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th annual meeting. Washington DC.


Bagherian M., Cats O., van Oort N. and Hickman M. (2016).  “Measuring Passenger Travel Time Reliability Using Smart Card Data”. The Triennial Symposium on Transportation Analysis (TRISTAN IX), Aruba, June 2016.


Cats, O., M. Yap, N. van Oort (2016) Exposing the role of exposure: Public transport network risk analysis, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Volume 88, pp. 1-14,


De Keizer, N. van Oort, M. Peeters (2016). Slimmer nieuwe treinreizigers vinden. In s.n. (Ed.), Colloquium vervoersplanologisch speurwerk, Zwolle.


De Regt, K.L., N. van Oort, O. Cats (2016). Waar liggen kansen voor OV: datafusie GSM en chipkaart? In s.n. (Ed.), Colloquium vervoersplanologisch speurwerk, Zwolle.


Dorenbos, G., S. Nijensteijn, N. van Oort (2016). Gebiedskenmerken als basis voor herontwerp OV-netwerk Den Haag. In s.n. (Ed.), Colloquium vervoersplanologisch speurwerk, Zwolle.


Scheltes, A.F., M.D. Yap, N. van Oort (2016). Het verbeteren van de last-mile in een OV reis met automatische voertuigen; Een Delftse case studie en stated preference onderzoek gecombineerd. In s.n. (Ed.), Colloquium vervoersplanologisch speurwerk, Zwolle.


Van Oort, N. (2016). Incorporating enhanced service reliability of public transport in cost-benefit analyses. Public Transport, Volume 8 (1), pp 143-160.


Van Oort, N. (2016). Data driven enhancement of public transport planning and operations: service reliability improvements and ridership predictions. Proceedings of 6th Transport Research Arena, Warsaw, Poland.


Van Oort, N., T. Brands, E. de Romph, M. Yap (2016), Ridership Evaluation and Prediction in Public Transport by Processing Smart Card Data: A Dutch Approach and Example, Chapter 11, Public Transport Planning with Smart Card Data, eds. Kurauchi F., Schmöcker, J.D., CRC Press.


Cats, O., Yap, M.D. & Van Oort, N. (2015). Exposing the role of exposure: identifying and evaluating critical links in public transport networks. 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability (INSTR), Nara, Japan.


Van Oort, N., Drost, M., Brands, T. & Yap, M.D. (2015). Data-driven public transport ridership prediction approach including comfort aspects. Conference on Advanced Systems in Public Transport, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


Yap, M.D., Van Oort, N., Van Nes, R. & Van Arem, B. (2015). Robustness of multi-level public transport networks: A methodology to quantify robustness from a passenger perspective. 6th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability (INSTR), Nara, Japan.


Yap, M.D., Van Oort, N., Van Nes, R. & Van Arem, B. (2015). Robuustheid van multi-level openbaar vervoer netwerken: Een methodologie om (on)robuustheid te kwantificeren vanuit een reizigersperspectief. Tijdschrift Vervoerwetenschap, 51(1), pp. 82-99.


Yap, M.D., Van Oort, N. (2014). Robuust OV, uitgedrukt in euro’s (in Dutch). OV Magazine.


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