Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Director/Head of Metro Benchmarking



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Alex Barron is an Associate Director of the Transport Strategy Centre (TSC) at the Centre for Transport Engineering and Modelling within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.  He is the Head of Metro and Light Rail Benchmarking, overseeing the Community of Metros (COMET), the TSC's oldest and largest benchmarking group now consisting of 45 metro systems in 41 cities across the world, as well as the Benchmarking Group of North American Light Rail Systems (GOAL), consisting of 16 light rail systems across the United States and Canada and the International Light Rail and Tram Benchmarking Group (BOLTS).

In his time at Imperial College, Alex has co-founded the International Suburban Rail Benchmarking Group (ISBeRG) in 2010, the American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG) in 2011, as well as GOAL in 2016 and BOLTS in 2022. He previously served as project manager for ISBeRG in 2012 and ABBG from its inception in 2011 until 2016. His key areas of research include public transport planning, operations, and management. 

Alex's background is in transportation planning, with a Master of City and Regional Planning concentrating in Transportation Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Transportation Studies from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (USA).  There he received the Outstanding Student Academic Achievement Award.  He subsequently lectured in "Planning and Budget Development for Transit Managers" at John Jay College of the City University of New York.  

Alex also has real-world public transport experience and a strong knowledge of the industry after spending more than three years working at MTA New York City Transit, the metro and bus operator in New York, with a focus on strategic operations planning and service planning. 



Ait Bihi Ouali L, Graham D, Trompet M, et al., 2020, Gender differences in the perception of safety in public transport, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A: Statistics in Society, Vol:183, ISSN:0964-1998, Pages:737-769

Morse L, Trompet M, Barron A, et al., 2020, A benchmarking framework for understanding bus performance in the U.S., Benchmarking: an International Journal, Vol:27, ISSN:1463-5771, Pages:1533-1550

Canavan S, Barron A, Cohen J, et al., 2019, Best Practices in Operating High Frequency Metro Services, Transportation Research Record, ISSN:0361-1981

Barron A, Canavan S, Cohen J, et al., 2018, Operational impacts of platform doors in metros, Transportation Research Record, Vol:2672, ISSN:0361-1981, Pages:266-274

Canavan S, Graham D, Anderson R, et al., 2018, Urban metro rail demand: evidence from dynamic generalised method of moments (GMM) estimates using panel data, Transportation Research Record, Vol:2672, ISSN:0361-1981, Pages:288-296

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