ISSUE 11, MARCH 2013
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ISSUE 11, MARCH 2013
WELCOME TO BUS BUZZ
Welcome to Issue 11 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
INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS STUDIES NEWS
ITLS PhD student Chinh Ho wins innovation grant from WCTRS
ITLS PhD student Chinh Ho has won the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) Innovation Grant for his paper titled: Inter-Personal Cooperation in Tour-based Mode Choice: the Role of Household Resources and Spatial Setting. The paper will be presented at the upcoming 13th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2013 Rio) to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 15 to 18 July 2013.
92nd Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
The public transport team presented research papers at the 92nd Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC, the United States on 13-17 January 2013. The presentation slides for each of the papers can be accessed by clicking the hyperlinks below:
Including health outcomes for car-based and public transport infrastructure projects
Professor Mulley and A/Professor Greaves, together with colleagues from the School of Public Health and Exercise and Sport Science) have received a grant from the Business School to carry out a pilot project to examine whether a dollar value can be put on the health outcomes of travelling by public transport as compared to by car.
Integrating Health, Active Transport and Land Use Planning, 7th February 2013
Professor Mulley spoke at a forum at NSW Parliament House giving a transport case study presentation. For the presentations and videos from this forum click here.
Sydney's Rail Future 2013, 28 February 2013
Professor Mulley presented at the Sydney's Rail Future 2013 Event on 'How can we encourage public transport use and alleviate Sydney's congestion problem?
ITLS in its new home in the Sydney CBD
ITLS is now well ensconced in its new home. The leadership and policy seminar series is now held in Phillip Street. A public transport related seminar was presented on March 5th by John Morandini, author of 'Watch the Road'. For further information and to see the presentation slides click here.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT EDUCATION
Certificate of Transport Management 3-6 July 2013
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.
Certificate of Transport Management Refresher Course 3-5 July 2013
Enrolments are now open for our 3 day professional development course for participants who have previously completed the Certificate of Transport Management course. The refresher course provides updated knowledge and skills in management, planning and policy areas that are central to the success of this industry.
NEW! Certificate in Railway Planning and Operations
ITLS will be offering a new Certificate in Railway Planning and Operations. To successfully complete the Certificate, participants must attend the 3 day course on 11th, 12th and 15th July 2013 and successfully complete two assignments. The course will be taught by Dr Nigel Harris from the UK.
Winter School - Railway Planning and Operations
ITLS will be offering the unit of study in Railway Planning and Operations again following its success in the last 2 years. The course will be taught by Dr Nigel Harris from the UK and will be held over 7 days (6 full days and 2 half days) in Winter School from 8th July to 22nd July. Participants can enrol as a non-award student and count the subject towards future programs at ITLS.
Summary of public transport network planning on 15 February 2013
Nearly 40 participants attended the public transport network planning for communities course in February. Participants had lectures on the theory and practice of network planning before undertaking a practical exercise.
Opal card starts trial from 07 December 2012
Passengers using Sydney's eastern suburbs line, running between Bondi Junction and the city, will be the first to use Sydney's new Opal public transport card from the middle of 2013. Passengers will initially be able to use the card to get on and off at any station on the city circle and on the eastern suburbs line, but not beyond using an Opal card. Manly is the next ferry route to gain access to the Opal card. All trains, buses and ferries should be upgraded for Opal card use by the end of 2014.
New apps with real time bus information in Sydney
Real time information of Sydney Buses can now be tracked by using one of three new free apps, TripView, TripGo or Arrivo Sydney. The apps determine the location of buses and estimated arrival times based on GPS tracking and historical data made available by Transport for NSW. These apps allow tracking beyond what has been available by texting for bus arrival times once at the stop. The apps also provide information about bus stops, routes and ticket sales locations.
Transport concession improvements for NSW tertiary students
Transport for NSW has announced changes to the eligibility criteria for tertiary student travel concessions on 21 February 2013. Students attending evening classes or working part-time are now eligible for travel concessions. This announcement follows the NSW Government's recent decision to offer travel discounts for international students who can now save up to 35% on MyMulti passes offering periodic unlimited travel on public transport in Sydney.
North-west buses into Sydney CBD rerouted via Cahill Expressway
Sixty peak buses from Dural, Cherrybrook and West Pennant Hills in the North-West of Sydney to Sydney CBD are now rerouted via the Cahill Expessway to relieve congestion on the Harbour Bridge and York Street.
Highly obese truck drivers have higher crash risks - could the same apply for public transport drivers?
New research by Stephen Burks shows that commercial truck drivers in the United States are much more likely than their normal weight colleagues to have a crash in their first two years in the job. Should public transport operators be concerned that the same might be true for public transport drivers?
IN THE NEXT ISSUE
The June 2013 issue of Bus Buzz will include an update on research projects and the other activities of the public transport team.
Editors: Professor Corinne Mulley, Dr Geoffrey Clifton, Patrick Tsai
Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies
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