Transport Short Courses
Certificate of Railway Planning and Operations
Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Monday 15 July 2013, 9am to 5pm
The Certificate of Railway Planning and Operations is a professional development course for staff in the railway industry including policy-makers, operators, suppliers and consultants. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills in planning, policy and management areas that are central to the success of this industry.
There has been increasing interest in railways in recent years as a transport solution for both passengers and freight, and rail's modal share has been rising in many key markets. Problems of inadequate capacity and financial self-sufficiency are arising, and these problems require a good understanding of what solutions are available and why and where these solutions might be appropriate.
The Certificate of Railway Planning and Operations is an important industry qualification for middle and senior management and is an excellent opportunity for career development.
The three day program examines concepts relevant to railway management, economics and planning and explains how these are applied in practical situations. The course content is reinforced by three assignments completed as part of the course requirements.
The course is presented by Dr Nigel Harris. Nigel is amongst Britain's leading railway planners, with a reputation based initially on technical advances in fares policy research (at Newcastle University) and network modelling (during eight years at London Underground). In addition, he has expertise in service planning, operational simulation, demand forecasting, scheme appraisal and railway business planning, making him a leader in the field of practical railway economics. Since 1995, he has managed The Railway Consultancy, and has undertaken projects on every continent except Antarctica. He has co-authored/edited key texts on 'The Privatisation of British Rail' and on both Planning Passenger Railways and Planning Freight Railways, as well as having published over 50 other papers.
The total fee for the per course is $1,200.
Where four or more persons from the same organisation attend, a 10% discount per attendee will be granted.
Places are strictly limited; book early to guarantee a place.
The course will be held in Lecture Theatre 13 on Level 13 of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney Business School, St James Campus at 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney CBB, NSW 2000.
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Understanding Public Transport Planning for Communities
15 February 2013
The aim of this one day course on network planning was to better understand the principles, guidelines and the trade-offs for public transport planning in NSW. The course was presented by Professor Corinne Mulley, NSW Chair in Public Transport, Dr Geoffrey Clifton and Clayton Davidson from Busways. The course benefited state and local government planners, community representatives and transport operators. The course was designed to assist participants to work with transport operators with a better understanding of how operators plan their services and what the trade-offs and constraints are in planning services. The course also benefited operators and their staff who are new to the industry in NSW or who have not recently undertaken professional development programs such as the Certificate of Transport Management.
Understanding Bus Network Planning
28 October 2011
The aim of this one-day course on network planning was to better understand the principles of bus network planning, guidelines for planning in NSW, and trade-offs in planning bus networks. The course benefited state government planners, local government, bus operators, and community representatives. The course was presented by Professor Corinne Mulley and Dr Rhonda Daniels from ITLS and Clayton Davidson from Busways.
Knowing Your Costs in Community Transport
22 August 2011
The aim of this one-day course was to help community transport operators to better understand the costs of providing community transport services and to better understand how to make financial decisions. Knowing their costs helps operators plan for the future. The course was of benefit to managers and other staff of community transport organisations who make decisions about vehicle purchases, user donations, and vehicle hire out rates to other organisations. The Board of Management of community transport organisations who make decisions about strategic directions would also have benefitted. The course is based on the Knowing your costs module in the long-running Certificate of Transport Management program for bus operators, but with content tailored to community transport operators. The course was presented by Professor Corinne Mulley and Professor David Hensher from ITLS, with industry input and support from Easy Transport Northern Sydney.
Innovations for Public Transport in Low Demand Areas
7 July 2011
ITLS Visiting Professor John Nelson and Professor Corinne Mulley (ITLS Chair in Public Transport) presented a one-day course on innovations for delivery of public transport in low demand areas, including the role of technology developments, with a focus on buses and community transport.The course was of benefit to operators, suppliers, and public transport planners and policy-makers who wished to gain a better understanding of the role of technology in delivering more efficient services which meet customer, operator and government needs.
Download the course presentations:
- The context for public transport in low demand areas: Australia | UK and Europe
- The Legal and Funding Framework for Flexible Transport Services: Recent experience in UK and Europe
- Technology innovations and pathways for Flexible Transport Services
- Daniels R and Mulley C 2010 'Overcoming barriers to implementing Flexible Transport Services in NSW', Proceedings of the 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum ATRF 2010, Canberra , Australia, 1st October 2010
Bus Rapid Transit: State-of-the-art in Performance and Benefits
29 June 2011
BRT is delivering high quality public transport efficiently in cities around the world. How can Sydney benefit from this innovative form of public transport?
ITLS Visiting Professor John Nelson presented a half-day short course highlighting recent developments in BRT including state-of-the-art in performance and benefits. Professor David Hensher, Director of ITLS, introduced the short course by showcasing the Volvo Foundation Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit development, of which ITLS is a partner.
Download the course presentations:
- Performance and benefits of Bus Rapid Transit
- Case Study 1. Beijing, China
- Case Study 2. Buses with a High Level of Service
Transport Investment Appraisal
16-17 February 2010
The aim of this short course was to give an overview of the application of cost benefit analysis to transport investment appraisal, drawing particularly on recent developments in European research and practice. Key topics covered were: Principles of project appraisal, financial appraisal and cost-benefit analysis; Decision criteria, choice of discount rate; choice between alternative options; capital rationing; deferment; Valuation of costs and benefits: travel time; user benefits; safety and environmental impacts; Wider economic benefits; Particular issues of public transport project appraisal
Examples - urban rail; high speed rail; and Conclusions - key problems in appraisal and how to avoid them!