Smart travel project launched

The NTC plans to rope public transport reform into their scope of work through the launch of a ‘Smart Travel’ project

February 17, 2011

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has launched a project to identify the regulatory and operational passenger transport reforms required to tackle challenges such as population growth, congestion, accessibility and climate change.

The ‘Smart Transport for a Growing Nation’ project will involve the NTC working closely with government and industry stakeholders to identify future reforms.

NTC CEO Nick Dimopoulos says the Smart Transport project aligns strategically with NTC’s strengthened focus on holistic transport reform.

"If we are going to make serious inroads into addressing the transport challenges Australia is facing, we must look at the transport system holistically," Dimopoulos says.

"This means that both passenger and freight transport need to perform safely and efficiently.

The NTC will conduct research to inform a discussion paper for public consultation and then a position paper which will guide the NTC’s future strategic plan and work program.

"Our stakeholders have a critical role to play in helping NTC develop this work, and we want governments, industry and the community to help us shape NTC’s future role in land passenger transport reform," says Dimopoulos.

The NTC claims to have already played a successful role in passenger transport reforms including the Australian road rules, vehicle standards rules and rail safety regulation.

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