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The Australian Transport Summit returns, this time to Melbourne, and just a week after polling day

By David Goeldner |August 15, 2013

Just days after the September 7 Federal election, Melbourne will host the second annual Australian Transport Summit, featuring the city’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle – a proponent of the controversial east-west tunnel project.

Last year’s inaugural summit, held in Sydney, was an unqualified success, and given the plethora of public transport issues based around planning and infrastructure currently dominating Federal, State and Local politics, this year’s summit is aptly timed.

The second Australian Transport Summit will again be jointly delivered by the Tourism and Transport Forum and UITPANZ, this year held at Crown Casino Melbourne on Friday September 13.

The Summit program includes a range of international and local speakers who will bring their expertise on many of the challenges facing passenger transport in Australia.

The conference program will showcase international speakers including former UK Minister for Transport Steven Norris, Singapore Land Transport Authority executive Choi Chik Cheong, Nextbus USA representative Lawrence Rosenshein, and Transdev’s strategic marketing VP Marielle Villamaux.

Australian speakers include Transdev Australasia CEO Jonathan Metcalfe, PTA WA managing director Mark Burgess, Transport for NSW Deputy Director-General Fergus Gammie, and Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, pictured.

Co-Chairs TTF Chairman Bruce Baird and UITPANZ Chair Vivienne King issued a recent statement pointing to the relevance and affordability of this year’s summit:

“The Summit is ideally suited for those working in the transport sector or who are interested in the future planning of our cities. Once again we have sought to make this an affordable conference at a substantially more reasonable price than many of the commercial alternatives.

“Issues that will be explored at the summit include case studies on public transport projects that are transforming our cities, an examination of the role of light rail and buses, ways to maximise the benefits of franchising transport services and trends in customer service.

“We are particularly pleased that the conference will include four international speakers from Singapore, France, the United States and the United Kingdom who will outline developments in customer service, funding and infrastructure provision. We hope you accept our invitation to join us at this exclusive event.”

This year’s summit is sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems, Keolis, Downer EDI Rail and Serco.

Details on how to register for the Australian Transport Summit are at:

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