This year in Novem­ber, it will be 1 year on from our con­fer­ence held in Perth last year which in­cluded an in-depth look at pub­lic trans­port fu­tures tech­nol­ogy - ride-sourc­ing, Uber, shap­ing con­sumer use of trans­port and emerg­ing trends.

In Hobart Novem­ber 12-15, we will take this con­ver­sa­tion fur­ther and fo­cus specif­i­cally on Mo­bil­ity as a Ser­vice (MaaS) and the role of buses and coaches in the ever com­pet­i­tive door-to-door pub­lic mo­bil­ity chain.

MaaS is well doc­u­mented as an emerg­ing global mega­trend which means the Aus­tralian bus and coach in­dus­try need to be or­gan­ised and par­tic­i­pate in the de­sign of the role and place of buses and coaches for the mo­bil­ity fu­ture; a fu­ture where the con­sumer can have mul­ti­ple choices for their whole-of-jour­ney ex­pe­ri­ence.

I be­lieve that Bus has a role to play in the de­liv­ery of fu­ture mass and so­cial tran­sit ser­vices and can also have a role in de­liv­er­ing on de­mand, “last mile” and other ride shar­ing and emerg­ing in­no­va­tive and in­tel­li­gent mo­bil­ity ser­vices.

The BIC is con­duct­ing its an­nual “On the Road” In­dus­try Campaign in July/August and will be tak­ing a clear mes­sage to fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments that Bus, can in fact, be the cor­ner­stone of fu­ture pas­sen­ger trans­port with its ex­per­tise, as­sets and un­der­stand­ing of the task. It is my be­lief that the bus in­dus­try work­ing closely with gov­ern­ments could path the way to de­liver fully in­te­grated pas­sen­ger mo­bil­ity ser­vices for the fu­ture.

I strongly en­cour­age any­one in­volved in the mo­bil­ity chain – be it op­er­a­tor, man­u­fac­turer or sup­plier – to at­tend the con­fer­ence in Hobart and ac­tively en­gage in the dis­cus­sions on how we as an in­dus­try should shape our pub­lic and so­cial tran­sit ser­vices into the MaaS fu­ture.

I look for­ward to wel­com­ing you to the BIC Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Hobart.

Wayne Patch BIC Chair­man

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