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BUS BUZZ
ISSUE 3, MARCH 2011
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ISSUE 3, MARCH 2011
WELCOME TO BUS BUZZ
Welcome to Issue 3 of Bus Buzz, the quarterly newsletter from the public transport team at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) in The University of Sydney Business School (formerly 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
No car lanes or bus lanes: which gives public transport the better priority?
Restricting bus lanes to buses only is not always the best use of roadspace. Corinne Mulley provides evidence from the UK that 'no car lanes', which commercial vehicles can also use, provide a better outcome for buses, commercial vehicles and cars and can reduce the environmental impact. Outcomes are transferable to areas where the mix of traffic is such that the priority lanes, if restricted only to buses, would have spare capacity.

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Learning from Bogotá - Bus Rapid Transit Seminar
On Friday 11 March, Enrique Peñalosa, the former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia and now President of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy in New York, presented a seminar on his experiences in transforming Bogota into a world leading example of how buses can improve a city's mobility, quality of life and equity. During his tenure as mayor, Mr Peñalosa cancelled plans for highway networks throughout the city and created the Transmilenio Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system which has been an inspiration to many cities. The seminar was a joint venture with Across Latitudes and Cultures - Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence (of which ITLS is a partner), the Bus Industry Confederation, the Major Cities Unit of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, and Infrastructure Australia.

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Current research
Professor Mulley and Dr Daniels have recently received Faculty research grants for several public transport research projects including:
  • Understanding variations in travel time to access key activities such as work, education, health care, and shopping.
  • Understanding how the changes in accessibility with the opening of the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway in 2003 are related to house prices in the surrounding area using the Geographically Weighted Regression methodology.
Professor Mulley appointed to NSW Taxi Advisory Group (TAG)
Professor Mulley was appointed to the NSW Taxi Advisory Group (TAG) in December 2010, recognising her UK experience on the role of taxis.

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OTHER RESEARCH NEWS
Survey of Sydney Metropolitan Bus Users 2010
The NSW Government released its annual survey of bus users' satisfaction with bus services.

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Metropolitan Plan for Sydney 2036
The NSW Government's Metropolitan Plan released in December 2010 continued the theme of the previous Metropolitan Strategy of integrating transport and land use and encouraging development close to centres with 80% of new housing to be within the walking catchment of a strategic or local centre.

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World Transit Research database
World Transit Research is designed to provide easier access to quality research in the field of public transport planning. The site is developed and run by the Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University. Sign up for the free quarterly enewsletter.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT EDUCATION
Public Transport field trip
Students in the Summer School subject Public Transport Policy and Planning had first hand experience of public transport interchanges, transport and land use integration, and travel planning with their one day field trip to western Sydney on public transport on 1 February 2011 - the hottest day of the summer.
Certificate of Transport Management 22-25 June 2011
Enrolments are now open for our 4 day professional development course for staff in the bus and coach industry including operators, suppliers and consultants. The course provides knowledge and skills in management, planning and policy areas that are central to the success of this industry.

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Winter School - Railway Planning and Operations
Dr Nigel Harris from the UK will be offering Railway Planning and Operations over 8 days in Winter School from 28 June to 22 July. Enrol as a non-award student and count the subject towards future programs at ITLS.

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IN THE NEXT ISSUE
The June 2011 issue of Bus Buzz will include news from the ITLS Awards night on 7 May.

CONTACT US
Editors: Dr Rhonda Daniels and Professor Corinne Mulley

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