Transport for NSW has launched its new Research Hub, a new research engagement model that includes an online platform featuring partnerships and research collaboration. The University of Sydney’s Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies and John Grill Centre for Project Leadership are both featured as research partners.
The Research Hub will facilitate research collaboration with the university sector through the online platform, said Transport for NSW Secretary Rod Staples.
“We want the best brains working together with our experts to co-create and develop better transport outcomes for NSW,” Mr Staples said.
Transport for NSW has also established a dedicated research unit, which will ensure that universities can easily connect with the right people in transport and help facilitate the engagement process.
We want the best brains working together with our experts to co-create and develop better transport outcomes for NSW.
Supporting the work of the research unit, the Institute for Transport and Logistic Studies at the University of Sydney Business School has conducted a peer review of research on flexible transport services in the Western region.
Founding Director of the Institute, Professor David Hensher, said, “One of the big challenges that rural and regional settings face has been poor accessibility, especially to key locations where they need support services.
“We’re able to come up with guidelines that will help define the evaluation frameworks of all future flexible public transport initiatives.”
The research is being conducted within Transport for NSW and is being peer reviewed by Emeritus Professor Corinne Mulley and Honorary Professor John Nelson from ITLS.
One of the big challenges that rural and regional settings face has been poor accessibility, especially to key locations where they need support services.
ITLS is a leading international centre of thought leadership in the crucially linked areas of transport, logistics and supply chain management with a Chair in Public Transport funded by Transport. ITLS also delivers a number of industry training programs that are supported by Transport staff participation.
The University’s John Grill Centre partnership with Transport is also featured on the Research Hub, providing a dual focus on building leadership capabilities for project directors to deliver on the extraordinary vision for the state outlined in Future of Transport 2056.
Transport for NSW funds the Centre’s Better Infrastructure Initiative annually through a four-year partner agreement to 2020. The Initiative is led by Executive Director Garry Bowditch and has a particular focus on project economics, innovation, governance and customer stewardship.