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The University of Sydney BUS BUZZ



Welcome to Issue 10 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. 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 Geoffrey Clifton | Lecturer in Transport and Logistics Management
Patrick Tsai | Senior Research Analyst in Public Transport


ITLS is moving!

As from the middle of December, ITLS will be located in the City at the St James' Campus, 173-175 Philip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.

Multiple prizes for public transport research at ITLS

Both prizes at the Australasian Transport Research Forum were awarded to public transport research. Chinh Ho and Corinne Mulley were awarded the "John H Taplin Prize" for the best paper of the conference. Patrick Tsai was awarded the "David Willis Memorial Student Prize" for the best paper submitted by a student or new professional. For more details about ATRF and links to these prize winning papers, see below.

Professor Corinne Mulley and Claudine Moutou attended the International Association of the History of Transport Traffic and Mobility in Madrid in November 2012. One of their papers (Mulley and Moutou) 'The transport success in providing for the Olympics in Sydney, Australia: Why was this not captured in future policy for public transport.' won the Dr Cornelis Ley Prize for the best paper combining history and policy. This prize is sponsored by the Dutch agency Rijkswaterstaat, related to the Ministry for Infrastructure and Sustainability, and honours the three-times Waterstaat minister and drainer of the Dutch Zuiderzee, civil engineer Dr. Cornelis Lely. The other paper (Moutou and Mulley) 'Exhibits of business power: Case-studies of business reactions to projects designed to enhance intermodal connectivity of their trading locations'.

For the Olympics paper click here.
For the exhibits of business power paper click here.

35th Australasian Transport Research Forum

The public transport team presented research papers at the 35th ATRF conference in Perth, Western Australia on 26-28 September 2012. Papers presented by the public transport team are listed below:

All papers included in the proceedings of ATRF 2012 are available at:

Transport Opinion Survey: Australians complain about overcrowding on trains

The September 2012 results of the ITLS-Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS) found that nearly half of Australian's train travellers complain that the level of crowding on local train services at peak times is 'intolerable' with 40 percent of train users being forced to stand for between 60 percent and 100 percent of their journey.
For more information click here.

Research into public transport policy formulation - making the connections

Professor Brian Collins (Engineering Policy, University College London), Ms Carolyn McNally (Deputy Director General, Planning and Programs for Transport for NSW) and Professor Mulley spoke at a breakfast meeting organised by ITLS, 40 participants discussed the barriers to more use of research in policy formulation and discussed how these could be overcome in NSW.

Accessible Bridge Services

Professor Mulley has been elected to the Committee of Management of Accessible Bridge Services (ABS), a regional community transport organisation covering the 11 local government areas making up the Northern Sydney Region. ABS provides the opportunity to provide cross-regional services serving needs that go beyond the boundaries of the individual Community Transport groups.


Summer School: Public Transport Policy and Planning

Enrolments are closing for the subject Public Transport Policy and Planning in Summer School over 7 days in January-February 2012 at ITLS. Summer School provides an opportunity for external students to undertake ITLS units of study outside of a degree program.
For more information click here.

One day course on public transport network planning on 15 February 2013

Understanding Public Transport Planning for Communities in Sydney is a one day short course that will outline principles, guidelines and the trade-offs for planning public transport in NSW. It is aimed at both public transport professionals and people who work with transport professionals such as local governments and community organisations.
For more information click here.


Opal card starts trial from 07 December 2012

Sydney's new Opal smartcard ticketing system started a customer trial on the Neutral Bay Ferry service on 07 December 2012 and will be rolled out to the rest of Sydney's public transport network between 2013 and 2015. Initially fares are capped at $15.00 per day on Monday to Saturday (down from $21.00 for the current MyMulti Day Pass) and $2.50 for Sundays (currently only available to families travelling with children) with free travel after eight paid trips in a week.
More information (http://www.opal.com.au).

New bus contracts for Sydney and Melbourne

Tenders for the first four Sydney Metropolitan bus contract regions closed on 27 August 2012. The regions are in the Northern and Western suburbs covering around 690 buses serving 17.5 million passengers per annum. The next four contracts will be put out to tender in mid 2013. More information.

A short list of five companies tendering for a Melbourne Metropolitan bus contract was released on 24 August 2012. The contract mostly covers services in the East of Melbourne and cross regional 'SmartBus Orbital' routes with around 500 buses travelling 32 million kilometres per annum. More information.

Electric buses to replace diesel buses in Milton Keynes, UK

Diesel buses on a bus route in Milton Keynes are to be replaced by new electric buses. These new electric buses are wirelessly charged 10 min before and after each service, and each bus is expected to save £12,000 and £15,000 to run per year. More information.

'Black Spots' in Sydney's public transport coverage

The Sydney Alliance commissioned the preparation of maps showing the areas of Sydney within 400 metres' walk of a bus stop, train stop or ferry wharf where there is an average 15 minute frequency or better between 5am and midnight. The maps show the strength of public transport on arterial routes but also the way coverage/frequency drops away in the less built up areas.
For the article click here.

New motorways must consider BRT corridors during construction, says NSW Transport Minister

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berjiklian has said that NSW must consider developing BRT corridors alongside new motorways. This would build on the success of the M2 Busway, built at the same time as the Hills Motorway and is in line with ITLS' Professor David Hensher's arguments over recent years.
Click here for the report of Minister Berijiklian's talk.
Click here for Professor David Hensher's 'Food for thought'.


The March 2013 issue of Bus Buzz will include on research projects and the Certificate of Transport Management and Certificate of Railway Planning professional development courses in June and July 2013.


Editors: Professor Corinne Mulley, Dr Geoffrey Clifton, Patrick Tsai

Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies
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