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 November 2019, the International Bus Benchmarking Group is comprised of 15 bus organisations. Together, these organisations manage around 43,000 buses transporting over 8 billion passengers each year.
The group is administered and facilitated by TSC, a research centre at Imperial College London. The TSC 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 TSC 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 TSC since 1994 and 1998 respectively.