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THE FU­TURE BUS

As Monash Univer­sity’s part­ner­ship with the bus in­dus­try starts to bear fruit, we sat down with ‘fu­ture bus’ de­sign stu­dent Sarah Roberts to dis­cuss her find­ings thus far. Uni re­search into bus rapid tran­sit sys­tems is set to gain pace with re­newed fi­nan­cial back­ing for the bus and coach in­dus­try. We spoke to Roberts, whose PhD in in­dus­trial de­sign is be­ing spon­sored by Trans­dev Mel­bourne and Monash Univer­sity. While the PhD won’t be com­plete un­til 2019, her in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how the phys­i­cal de­sign of buses cur­rently used in Mel­bourne might not be the most con­ducive to at­tract­ing new users is gain­ing mo­men­tum.

NZ BUS PRI­OR­ITY

Land will be se­cured be­tween Auck­land’s CBD and air­port for the cre­ation of a bus pri­or­ity lane, with a view to con­vert­ing this into a tram line over the next few decades. The NZ Trans­port Agency (NZTA) and Auck­land Trans­port Boards will work to­gether with Auck­land Coun­cil to de­ter­mine an in­te­grated ap­proach that en­ables a pro­gres­sion from the cur­rent bus ser­vices and bus lanes to im­proved bus ser­vices in the short term.

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