Evolving futures for Australian and international passenger rail

Hale, Chris (2011). Evolving futures for Australian and international passenger rail. In: Proceedings of the 34th Australasian Transport Research Forum 2011. Australasian Transport Research Forum 2011, Adelaide, Australia, (1-16). 28-30 September 2011.

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Author Hale, Chris
Title of paper Evolving futures for Australian and international passenger rail
Conference name Australasian Transport Research Forum 2011
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 September 2011
Convener Peter Tisato, Lindsay Oxlad, Michael Taylor
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 34th Australasian Transport Research Forum 2011
Journal name ATRF 2011 - 34th Australasian Transport Research Forum
Place of Publication Adelaide, S.A., Australia
Publisher University of South Australia; The South Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A discussion of prevailing mass transit business models in Australia and further afield – and a look at future prospects for evolution and refinement.

Across Australia, each capital city has a unique mass transit business model in place. These models are often the result of slow evolution from historic precedent, or sometimes the consequence of sharp changes in direction and policy.

A progressive view of the mass transit business would take in lessons from high-performing exemplars overseas. In the United States, certain transit agencies perform strongly on cost recovery and planning, while also being subject to rigorous requirements for open reporting and accountability. The privatised UK market offers an interesting insight into future prospects for franchising arrangements in Australian markets. In East Asia, a property-centric rail business model produces outstanding outcomes in operator profitability, strategic license, and land-use integration.

This paper engages observationally with the business strategies, strategic approaches, and commercial performance of selected urban rail industry frameworks. Growth-oriented, commercially responsive business postures seem to offer an opportunity for positive change in the Australian industry.
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Created: Wed, 02 Nov 2011, 13:21:01 EST by Mr Chris Hale on behalf of School of Civil Engineering