Public Transport Operations and Policy (ITLS6104)


Public transport is of central importance for the future sustainability of modern cities. Understanding the complexities of, and potential solutions using public transport means this unit is of significance to all areas of transport, urban planning, public administration and passenger logistics. The unit investigates the different characteristics of public transport systems as a basis for creating a framework to analyse public transport performance. Within this framework the unit considers topics relevant to an understanding of public transport operations and the role of public transport in the overall transport 'offer'. Focussing on the issues and impacts of public transport on urban centres and for rural areas, the unit builds an appreciation of the importance, the drivers and the problems of achieving efficient operation of transport systems. The role of the institutional framework and the financial environment are explored with key learnings for public transport operations and policy identified to explain explaining why countries/states have different levels and types of public transport. The unit provides an interactive environment to explore issues and takes current day policy concerns as case study examples. A field trip in Sydney highlights and consolidates issues considered in the unit.

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12 x 3.5 hour interactive sessions, 1 day field trip. Refer to timetable for full details.


News diary (20%), critical literature review (40%), take home exam (25%), field trip report (15%)


HiTrans (2005) HiTrans Best Practice Guides, Five volumes: 1. Public transport and land use planning 2. Public transport: planning the networks 3. Public transport and urban 4. Public transport: mode options and technical solutions 5. Public transport

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ITLS5100 or TPTM6241

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