Monday, August 16, 2010

Closing the Accessibility Gap for the Bus System

At the WSPTU Transport Symposium 2010, Dr Rhonda Daniels and Professor Corinne Mulley from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) at Sydney University presented a paper called "Closing The Accessibility Gap". This refers to the distance to the nearest bus stop that is specified in the Bus Planning Guidelines in NSW.

You can see the full Powerpoint presentation here.

The suggestions which came from this workshop were to lobby government to:

› Measure the distance properly
– actual 400 m, not straight line

› Increase resources to meet the Govt’s 90% of households
within 400 m criteria in all metro bus contract regions

› Improve all aspects of the accessibility gap:
spatial, timing, cost, physical access, information

› Encourage more flexible transport services
– trial integrated approach in one bus contract region

› Increase funding for community transport and broaden

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