Policy Thinkers Series [12]

Moving People > from Workhorse to Thoroughbred: Review of bus rapid transit and branded bus service performance in Australia and future opportunities

A major public policy debate has surrounded the relative success of bus priority and branding measures as compared with generic route services in attracting patronage. In this paper, a gross performance ratio is presented, to quantify the success for each of 7 Bus Rapid Transit and 20 Branded Bus Service systems as compared with regular route buses across six Australian capital cities.

The paper identifies the distinctive locational characteristics of various bus priority and brand identity initiatives as a way of controlling for influences that are not under the control of the offered services, so that various systems can be meaningfully compared, giving a net performance ratio. This allows an informed comparison between systems and cities, controlling for operating environment and other service characteristics. The results reinforce the merits of upgraded bus services both as standalone initiatives and also as an alternative to expensive, rail-based infrastructure investment.

The Paper provides 6 key recommendations to support a progressive commitment to positioning bus-based services within the broader remit of government to provide value for money investment in public transport in our cities and regions throughout Australia.

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Bus Safety Initiatives Paper

On 28 August 2023, the BIC presented a Bus Safety Initiatives Paper at a Bus Safety Ministerial Roundtable hosted by Senator Carol Brown – Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The Paper provides 8 key recommendations to further enhance bus safety – the vehicle, the passenger and other road users. Download the Paper. The Paper broadly captures 3 main outcomes: Uptake of new technologies Educate the community about bus safety through national campaigns Enhance the ability to background check drivers. Key …

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BIC Submission on the National Electric Vehicle Strategy Consultation Paper [November 2022]

The purpose of this document is to provide a response to the National Electric Vehicle Strategy Consultation paper released in September 2022.  The BIC supports the intent of the National Electric Vehicle Strategy Consultation paper which covers a range of goals and although the bus and coach industry are broadly supportive of these goals, highlighting two main concerns with the strategy.  The bus and coach industry in Australia is uniquely placed to be an exemplar of how to transition heavy vehicles to zero …

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BIC Submission to the Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement [June 2021]

This submission responds to the NTC consultation paper, Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination: Consultation Regulation Impact Statement, June 2021 (NTC 2021).  The NTC paper develops three alternative heavy vehicle charging options, in addition to the status quo, and is seeking feedback on those alternatives and on their derivation. Taking feedback on the paper into account, the NTC intends to develop a heavy vehicle charges determination that will form the basis for setting heavy vehicle road use charges to apply for 2022-23. It …

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BIC Submission for the Federal Budget March 2022

The Australian Government in its Budget report for 2022 will aim to create jobs, guarantee the essential services, and build a more secure and resilient Australia. The BIC has provided a submission to Treasury outlining key recommendations to assist covid-recovery and covid-resilience efforts of the bus and coach industry. Our report also seeks funding to support net zero heavy vehicle safety and the necessary skilled and resilient workforce we need. Summary of key recommendations Zero Emission Fund the development of …

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BIC Submission to the NTC’s Heavy Vehicle Charging Determination

The Bus Australia Network (with significant input from BusVIC and Professor John Stanley), submitted its response to the NTC’s public consultation on its heavy vehicle charging determination for 2022-2023. The cost allocation methodology proposed by the NTC included significant changes from the previous approaches of the NTC. The BAN identified 2 particular high impact changes in the charging principles put forward: changes in the assessment of equivalent standard axle (ESA) impacts of different vehicle classes on HV road costs and …

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