The International Bus Benchmarking Group was established in 2004, to provide a forum for a number of medium sized and large bus organisations from different parts of the world to share experiences, compare performance, identify best practices and learn from one another.
As of August 2013, the International Bus Benchmarking Group is comprised of 15 bus organisations. Together, these organisations manage around 35,000 buses transporting over 6 billion passengers each year.
The group is administered and facilitated by RTSC, a research centre at Imperial College London. The RTSC was set up in 1992 as a centre of excellence serving the transport industry on strategic, technology, economic and policy issues and as a research and teaching unit in the Centre for Transport Studies. The RTSC is active in both applied and formal research, and has developed around three key research themes
- Urban public transport
- Benchmarking & performance measurement
- Urban transport economics & policy
The bus benchmarking group builds upon the years of experience in the CoMET and Nova metro benchmarking groups facilitated by RTSC since 1994 and 1998 respectively.