All happening in February
“There is increasing demand for private school bus services to be tracked via GPS” Passenger transport is changing rapidly and bus operators must move with the times in order to ensure success, writes Randall Johnston
You don’t have to be Einstein to see that the bus and coach industry is evolving at a fast pace. What bus and coach businesses will be doing differently 10 years from now is anyone’s guess, but you can be sure that those who stubbornly cling to doing things the way that they used to be done will have a hard time of it.
Uber, autonomous vehicles, ondemand transport – the list goes on. While no one can be 100 per cent sure how this will all play out, there can be no denying the fact that consumer habits are changing and that people are not going to wait for your route bus service to reach or suddenly become a more attactive option for them. The same goes for school and charter work.
There is increasing demand among private schools for their school bus services to be tracked via GPS in real-time and for parents to be able to see where their children are at all times and plan their pick-ups accordingly. While this is more about safety than anything, it does show that what was considerered an acceptable level of service ve years ago no longer cuts the mustard.
We have a cracker of an issue for you this month – featuring a modern new design and layout, and the pace at which things are moving in the bus industry in 2017 has to be seen to be believed!
BCI is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style with a double-decker that will no doubt be a strong competitor in an expanding Australasian market. While double-deckers are not suitable in many operating environments, they are ideal for others. Articulated buses are surely the way to go where you have a large number of passengers needing to get on an off at regular intervals.
But for express airport services and the like, the high-risers can be the perfect soultion (p.36).
With bus re prevention on everyone’s lips at the moment, the industry is increasingly turning to technology. We speak to LSM Technologies business development manager Brendan Villiers, who is seeing more operators take up tyre monitoring systems (p.42).
Bus operations tend to be family businesses but usually the bigger they get, the less family-oriented they become. Not so in the case Brisbane Bus Lines (BBL). We speak to BBL’s Ian Mitchell about the ins and outs of running one of Brisbane’s biggest operations and the challenges faced by operators in Queensland’s capital city (p.30).
So strap yourself in as we step into the wild unknown!