Key minds for summit

By: Amie Hickland

The Australian Transport Summit later this month will bring together some top transport minds

Key minds for summit
TTF chief executive officer Margy Osmond

Key figures in transport will be bought together later this month to discuss some of the transport challenges Australia faces.

The Australian Transport Summit will bring together senior politicians, transport operators, government agencies, academics and key decision makers to consider the major policy challenges and opportunities in the public transport sector in Australia.

It is a joint event held by the Transport and Tourism Forum (TTF) and International Association of Public Transport Australia and New Zealand (UITPANZ).

TTF chief executive officer Margy Osmond says the summit brings together some of the best minds and brightest leaders in transport policy and delivery.

"Now in its fourth year, we have assembled a stellar line up of local and international speakers who will share their expertise and views on the future of public transport," she says.

"The summit attracts some of the leading players in transport, with around 200 guests expected on the day."

Osmond says the summit is a great opportunity for people working in the transport sector to hear from leaders from government and industry on the future of transport and our cities.

"Key issues that we will considered at the summit include major transport infrastructure projects, managing our CBDs during transport construction periods, the future of bus franchising, opportunities to reform fares and ticketing, and developing value capture models for Australian transport infrastructure projects," she says.

The theme of this year's event will be Public Transport: Maintaining the Momentum, which reflects the current challenge Australia faces when it comes to transport, according to Osmond.

"With our national population to grow to 30.5 million by 2031, our public transport network will face increasing demand. If we are to cope with this pressure, we need to continue to invest in public transport infrastructure as a matter of urgency," she says.

"With a great line up of local and international speakers, we hope delegates will benefit from hearing different views and new ideas on the future of this critical sector."

International and Australian speakers will focus on case studies looking at key public transport projects and best practice in customer service.

Noted speakers at the event will include New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance, MTA New York City Transit’s Andrew Bata and Transport for London’s Vernon Everitt.

The Australian Transport Summit will be held at The Westin Sydney on July 31.  

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