Metros & Light Rail


CoMET and Nova Metro Benchmarking Groups

The TSC facilitates two groups of international metropolitan railway (metro) benchmarking. The benchmarking programme has been continuous since 1994 and the TSC has managed both groups since their inception.

The first group CoMET, the "Community of Metros", is a benchmarking consortium of eighteen of the world's largest metropolitan railways (metros) - Beijing BMTROC, Berlin BVG, Delhi DMRC, Guangzhou GMC, Hong Kong MTR, London Underground Ltd, Mexico City STC, Metro de Madrid, Moscow MoM, New York NYCT, Paris Metro (RATP), Paris RER, Seoul Metro Inc., Metro de Santiago, Singapore SMRT, Shanghai SSMG, São Paulo MSP and Taipei TRTC - each of which transport more than half a billion passengers per year. For more information visit the CoMET website.

The second group Nova is made up of a consortium of twenty-one medium sized metro systems from around the world - Buenos Aires Metrovías, Barcelona TMB, Bangkok BEM, Brussels STIB, London DLR, Istanbul Ulaşim, Dubai RTA, Kuala Lumpur Rapid KL, Lisbon ML, Montréal STM, Newcastle Nexus, Nanjing Metro, Oslo Sporveien,  Ottowa OC Transpo, San Francisco BART, Rio de Janeiro Metro Rio, Sydney Trains, Shenzhen Metro, Toronto TTC, Washington WMATA and Vancouver Skytrain. For more information visit the Nova website.

The four main objectives of the Metro benchmarking groups are:

1. To build measures to establish metro best practice

2. To provide comparative information both for the metro board and the government

3. To introduce a system of measures for management

4. To prioritise areas for improvement

Each group’s activities are determined by the member organisations. A senior manager from one of the members is elected annually as Chairperson and a work programme is developed to accomplish the group’s objectives. The Transport Strategy Centre (TSC), at Imperial College London, acts as the administrator, facilitates the process and provides the research resources.

Each Metro Benchmarking Group activities are carried out within a framework of confidentiality. Any information that is released is generally anonymised. No confidential information is allowed to be released to third parties without the expressed permission of the members. All member metro organisations are required to sign and adhere to a confidentiality agreement.


GOAL Benchmarking

Benchmarking Group of North American Light Rail Systems

The Benchmarking Group of North American Light Rail Systems (GOAL) is a consortium of light rail agencies in North America that was established in 2016 to benchmark performance and share experiences and best practices.

For more details about the group, including current members and contact information visit the GOAL Benchmarking website