Niels van Oort

Niels van Oort works as an associate professor Public Transport at Delft University of Technology and is co-director of the Smart Public Transport Lab. He has been involved in public transport projects and research for over 15 years. His main fields of expertise are public transport planning and (data-driven) design, looking at the passenger perspective and societal impacts, related to for instance inclusiveness, land-use and sustainability. His application inspired work also involves shared mobility and first/last mile solutions. In addition to teaching, Niels is a frequently invited speaker and he published numerous articles in (international) journals and general media. 

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 parttime PhD research in Delft on service reliability, including joint work with Professor Wilson at MIT. In 2010 he changed jobs to work as a public transport consultant at Goudappel Coffeng mobility consultants. He finished his PhD in 2011 and started to work at Delft university of Technology in 2012 as a parttime assistant professor. Since 2018, after founding the Smart Public Transport Lab, he is fulltime employed. Since 2020, he has been involved in small projects via his company Van Oort Mobility Consultancy.

Dixit, M., Cats, O., van Oort, N., Hoogendoorn, S.P. (2023). Validation of a multi-modal transit route choice model using smartcard dataTransportation.

Geržinič, N., Cats, O., van Oort, N., Hoogendoorn-Lanser, S., Bierlaire, M., Hoogendoorn, S. (2023). An instance-based learning approach for evaluating the perception of ride-hailing waiting time variability. Travel Behaviour and Society, 33, 100616.

Geržinič, N., Cats, O., van Oort, N., Hoogendoorn-Lanser, S., Hoogendoorn, S. (2023). What is the market potential for on-demand services as a train station access mode? Transportmetrica A: Transport Science

Alberts, G. (2021). Standing e-scooters, what to expect: micro-mobility with micro effects? MSc thesis TU Delft

Bloemendal, L. (2021). Improving international rail connections. MSc thesis TU Delft

Ouchan, A. (2021). Ranking of potential multi-modal water hubs to facilitate Seabubbles. MSc thesis TU Delft

Van Der Heide, N. (2021). Implementing station-based bike-sharing in strategic transport models. MSc thesis TU Delft

Van Gerrevink, I. (2021). Ex-post evaluation of neighbourhood mobility shared mobility hubs. MSc thesis TU Delft

Van Hees, Simon. (2021). Multi-operator smartcard data to analyse OD-changes after introduction of NZ line. MSc thesis TU Delft

Van Oort, N. (2021), "Service reliability: a planning and operations perspectivein: Ed. Graham Currie, Handbook of Public Transport Research, Chapter 13, Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 252-277

Vennapusa, V. (2021). Influence of Built Environment Characteristics and Proximity at Both Trip Ends on the use of transit. MSc thesis TU Delft

Witte, L. (2021). Analysis of travel planner use, route choice behaviour and passenger predicitions on the Dutch railway. MSc thesis TU Delft

A. Van Marsbergen (2020). Bicycle sharing programs: a complement or substitute of urban public transport?: A case study of a bicycle sharing program in The Hague. MSc thesis TU Delft.

Geurts (2020). Designing an integrated bicycle-transit network: Development of a design approach and a network design for the case study Binckhorst, The Hague. MSc thesis TU Delft.

Overkleeft, I. (2020). Assessing policy efficiency to reduce peak demand in trains. MSc thesis TU Delft

R. Knijn (2020). MaaS for commuting trips: Potential for success or deception?. MSc thesis TU Delft

Ramsing (2020). Stopping patterns of train services: An integral approach in network design. MSc thesis TU Delft.

Schuiling (2020). Booking and Payment Integration of Air- and Public Transport for First/Last Mile Airport Trips: A Conceptual Framework and Business Model Canvas. MSc thesis TU Delft.

Tzouras, P.G., Farah, H., Papadimitriou, E., van Oort, N., Hagenzieker, M. (2020), Tram drivers perceived safety and driving stress evaluation. A stated preference experiment, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 7, art. no. 100205

van Mil, J.F.P., Leferink, T.S., Annema, J.A., Van Oort, N. (2020). Insights into factors affecting the combined bicycle-transit mode. Public Transport

Volberda (2020). Analyzing citizens’ views on new spatial-infrastructure projects: From the average view towards various clusters within the Participatory Value Evaluation Method. MSc thesis TU Delft.

Z. Wang (2020). Predicting Short-term Bus Ridership with Trip Planner Data: A Machine Learning Approach. MSc thesis TU Delft.

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

Bottema A.M., “Apologies for any inconvenience caused”, MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

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

Claessens, R. Multimodal network with the bicycle as core. MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

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.

De Lanoy, J., Estimating elasticities for predicting ridership in bus transportation based on a before-after study. MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

Gaspardo, A. The BRT-LRT dilemma. MSc thesis TU Delft.: THESIS

Huisman, R., W. Knol, N. van Oort (2019), Operations of E-buses: a challenging trade-off in finding optimal charging locations, European Transport Conference, Dublin

Huisman, R.,  N. van Oort (2019), Bicycle and transit: a powerful combination, including emerging modes, European Transport Conference, Dublin

Janmaat, I. (2019) Assessing the potential of automated buses in a public transport network from an operator perspective, MSc Thesis:

Kuhlmann, T., Sustainable urban mobility practices, MSc thesis MADE AMS.

Lehka, E. Short Term Delay Prediction in Passenger Railways. MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

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.

Reinders, A. Evaluating the usefulness of including flexibility in public transport network design and planning. MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

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

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

Tzouras, P. Implications of mixed urban tram operations on the safety of vulnerable road users. MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

Van der Mheen, S. The spatial impact of autonomous vehicles as access and egress mode on train stations. MSc thesis TU Delft

Van Gorp, E. Bus preference and usage amongst elderly in urban areas of The Netherlands. MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

Van Roosmalen, J.,N. van Oort, C. Amrit, E.(2019), Forecasting bus ridership with trip planner usage data: a machine learning application. Transit Data 2019, Paris.

Warmelink, A., Raising frequencies on a high-frequency metro network and how new technologies can improve timetable reliability: a case study in Rotterdam.  MSc thesis TU Delft. THESIS

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.

Willer, S. (2019) Tram-train: when is it a suitable mode?: Development of a model to determine applicability of tram-train MSc Thesis

Hoekstra, G. (2018) Push Back The Boundaries: The potential of multimodal concessions to make the modal boundaries in public transport disappear. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

Imran, A.M. (2018). “Combination of Headway Control Strategy for Regularity-based Transit Operation”. MSc thesis TU Delft.

Krantz, J. (2018). Mobility-as-a-Service from a health perspective: Exploratory research into the potential health impacts of MaaS. MSc thesis TU Delft.

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

Luthfiana Khairu Nisa, R. (2018) Scrutinizing Consumer-Citizen Duality Towards Safety and Travel Time Trade-Offs: A Case Study of On-Demand Motorbike Taxi in Jakarta. MSc thesis TU Delft.

Rijsman, L. (2018) Walking and bicycle catchment areas of tram stops in The Hague. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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

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.

Wiercx, M. (2018). The operations of zero-emission bus transport: How different charging methods and mechanisms at bus stations affect the level of service of public bus transport. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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.

Brispat, P. (2017) Perception Based Decision-making for Public Transport Investments. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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.

Leferink, T.S. (2017). Why Cycle To The Railway Station? A station scanner based on factors that influence bicycle-rail use. With a study on stakeholders in Scotland. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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

Schornagel, C. (2017) Wayfinding information: A study about the relationship between the improvement of multimodal transfers and customer travel experience at large railway stations. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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 der Werff, E. (2017). “Regularity Control Bus Services: Feasibility Analysis for R-net Line 400”. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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.

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

De Regt, K. (2016). “Deducing mobility patterns and public transport usage by fusing smartcard and GSM data”. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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.

Durand, A. (2016) Real time control from a passenger perspective. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

Roelofsen, D. (2016). “Managing disruptions in rail-bound urban public transport from a passenger perspective”. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

Van den Toren, J. (2016). Design of security checks at railway stations from a passenger perspective. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

Van Mil, J. (2016) Station choice behaviour of cyclists. MSc Thesis TU Delft.

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 & R. van Leusden (2015). Reizigerseffecten van onbetrouwbaar ov in maatschappelijke kostenbatenanalyses. Tijdschrift Vervoerswetenschap, 51(1), pp.67-81.

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