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BUS BUZZ
ISSUE 2, DECEMBER 2010
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ISSUE 2, DECEMBER 2010
WELCOME TO BUS BUZZ
Welcome to the second edition of Bus Buzz, the new quarterly newsletter from the public transport team at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) in the Faculty of Economics and Business. We'd like to share with you the latest data and research on bus issues at ITLS and beyond. Please forward this newsletter to other people who may be interested.

Professor Corinne Mulley  |  Chair of Public Transport
Dr Rhonda Daniels  |  Senior Research Fellow in Public Transport
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INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS STUDIES NEWS
Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) 2010
At the 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum held in Canberra on 29 September-1 October 2010, over 100 papers were presented on a range of transport research, policy and planning issues. Professor Corinne Mulley and Dr Rhonda Daniels presented two papers.
  • "A proposal for accessibility planning in NSW: research and policy issues" discussed setting accessibility targets and how a formal process to implement targets and improve accessibility by public transport could be implemented in Australia.
  • "Overcoming barriers to implementing flexible transport services in NSW", based on interviews with a range of stakeholders, identified five sets of barriers and possible solutions including policy, legislation and regulation; economic issues; operational issues; attitudes and culture; and information and education.
Click here for all ATRF papers.
Challenges for more flexible transport
Our recent research on flexible transport services has been reported to stakeholders in several ways. In addition to the ATRF paper,
  • Professor Corinne Mulley gave the keynote speech at the NSW Community Transport Organisation Conference in Albury on 18-20 October 2010 titled "The future of community transport - Directions for change in NSW" which addressed challenges for the community transport industry.
  • Professor Mulley, together with Dr Rhonda Daniels, gave a presentation to the NCOSS Transport Policy Advisory Group on 24 November 2010 on barriers to flexible transport services in NSW, based on the ATRF paper, and directions for future research in accessibility.
Click here for the CTO presentation.
Bus tickets: cash or prepay?
Master of Transport Management student Peter Graham investigated why bus passengers sometimes choose to pay cash for their fare, even when a discounted prepay fare is available. Based on surveys of bus passengers in northern Sydney before and after the introduction of the new MyZone ticket system in April 2010, the study found that prepay use is influenced by travel frequency, whether or not interchange between modes was needed, journey purpose and socio-economic status as well as the traveller's attitudes to travel.

Click here for the report.
Congratulations Dr Geoffrey Clifton
ITLS student Geoffrey Clifton has completed his PhD titled "The role of frequency and connectivity in delivering enhanced bus systems in urban areas: developing a network of corridor services". Geoffrey has now joined the public transport team.
Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Research (CAITR) 2010
PhD student Patrick Tsai, who commenced his studies at ITLS in February 2010, presented a review paper on the relationship between public transport demand elasticities and land use at CAITR in September 2010.

OTHER RESEARCH NEWS
Australasian Transport Research Forum - other papers
Other bus related papers presented at ATRF included:
  • Understanding ridership drivers for bus rapid transit systems in Australia by Graham Currie and Alexa Delbosc
  • City wide bus network restructuring using an inclusive planning approach by Graham Currie and Knowles Tivendale
  • Reliability analysis of bus transit systems using stochastic simulation by Md Kamrul Islam and Upali Vandebona
  • An investigation of institutional arrangements for design and delivery of multimodal public transport in Melbourne by Kathren Lazanas and John Stone
  • Exploring priorities in transit scheduling between small and large bus companies by Brendan Pender and Graham Currie.
Click here for all ATRF papers.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT EDUCATION
Summer School - Public Transport Policy and Planning
Enrol by 10 December 2010 for the subject Public Transport Policy and Planning in Summer School over 7 days in January-February 2011 at ITLS. Summer School provides an opportunity for external students to undertake ITLS units of study outside of a degree program.

Click here for more information.

IN THE NEXT ISSUE
The March 2011 issue of Bus Buzz will include updates on our accessibility-related research projects and the Certificate of Transport Management professional development course on 22-25 June 2011.

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Editors: Dr Rhonda Daniels and Professor Corinne Mulley

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