Missing the bus
It’s a curious thing how the design and geography of a city can have such a large impact on its residents’ uptake of public transport, writes RandallJohnston
Queenslanders are more likely to still own a car in 10 years’ time than any other Australian, according to new research undertaken by the Tourism and Transport Forum.
Australian Capital Territory drivers are using less fuel per 100 kilometres than motorists in other areas, if you ask the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
While the two ndings above do not relate speci cally to public transport use, they do show that people in some cities and towns still cling to private transport over public transport.
I would con dently say that it’s easier to get around Sydney and Melbourne via public transport than it is in Brisbane or Canberra.
In my view this comes down to the fact that there are more options. In Sydney, if the train can’t take you, then a bus or a ferry might get you closer. In Melbourne, if the tram isn’t an option, then a bus or a tram probably is.
Where I come from, the rst thing you do when you turn 15 is get your learners licence. Christchurch is a city of just 300,000 people in the South Island of New Zealand, but it is sprawling. Bus is the only form of public transport and the most popular destinations are shopping centres in the outer suburbs rather than the CBD.
Read about the study that shows how attached Brisbane people are to their cars on page 8.
Contributing journalist Ian Porter sits down with Mikael Jansson, who will be steering Scania Australia through a period of impending legislation and testing of emerging autonomous bus technology ( p35).
Technical writer Paul Aldridge checks out the B8RLE Euro 6 CAT bus, which is one of 32 replacement buses Volgren is in the process of delivering in Perth ( p38).
We sit down for a chat with Whitmores Bus Lines director Jamie Whitmore about his purchase of Castlemaine Bus Lines, a 20-bus operation in regional Victoria. We speak about what this means for him, his team, and the big plans that he has to boost services in the area ( p46).
As the only bus door manufacturer in Australia, SMC Australia-New Zealand has managed to nd a niche market for its Japanese pneumatic control systems. Initially, SMC Australia was an agent for imported brands of bus doors but, to offer their customers more exibility, a quicker turnaround and an improved product, the company took the bus door manufacturing inhouse ( p52).
ABC has partnered with this year’s event organisers and hosts Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) to produce and present the Australasian Bus & Coach Expo 2017 of cial program, including a oor map, full exhibitor list and information from industry suppliers that have a tonne of new products and services to showcase at the Expo (see inside). If you are attending; enjoy the show! If you can’t make it – don’t stress – we will bring you full coverage over the next two editions of ABC magazine.
“People in some cities and towns still cling to private transport over public transport”