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Public Transport Victoria – Invicta Intermodal Coordination Project
Phillip Boyle & Associates undertook an extensive service revision project to support PTV’s aims of improved timetable quality and enhanced intermodal connectivity.The Invicta bus network covers much of Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs and operates over four million annual bus kilometers across a network of 22 bus routes, supplemented by numerous school special services. Of significant interest to this project was the inclusion of the well-known Telebus demand-response services.
Project tasks included:
- A complete systemwide ridecheck, utilizing PBA’s sophisticated iPad data collection tools
- Revised running times using the HASTUS ATP running time optimization module
- Network revisions
- Revised integrated timetables developed using the advanced HASTUS NetPlan module
- Vehicle blocking and crew scheduling
- Operational and costing advice
- Extensive implementation support inclusive of stop timetable development, data exports, project management
PBA’s revised operating plan provided a 25 percent increase in effective bus/train connections through optimized timetabling.
In the first twelve months ridership increased by over 15 percent. This was achieved with less than four percent additional service kilometers. Furthermore the number of passengers connected increased significantly, in some cases by over 20 percent.
We are excited to be working with the Makkah Mass Rail Transit Company in Saudi Arabia to develop a greenfield BRT and local bus network. The network of an initial 300 buses (expanding to 800 over five years) will serve the entire population of Makkah and will integrate with the city’s new metro system.
We are also supporting the government to plan and manage the Request for Proposal for the operations contractor, and will be on the evaluation panel.
This has capped off two other interesting international projects we have been recently working on. In Singapore we have undertaken a review of the current operational planning approach of SMRT, a major multimodal transport operator. Our proposed range of measures to improve operational efficiency will help prepare SMRT’s network of 1000 buses for potential future contestability.
In Hong Kong, we have brought our scheduling expertise to develop innovative approaches to maximising labour efficiency for routes within KMB’s extensive bus operations.
Southeast Queensland Bus Review – Network planning, Scheduling & Implementation Support
Phillip Boyle & Associates supported the planning and implementation across four operators as part of the 2013 Southeast Queensland Bus Review project. The operators we undertook this project for were:
- Logan City Bus
- Thompsons Bus Services
- Park Ridge Transit
- Westside Bus Service
These successful long-term private bus companies operate over 2,100 daily trips – providing over 12 million service kilometres annually. Services are provided by over 250 buses. In addition to extensive urban route networks each operator provides a comprehensive network of school special services.
Phillip Boyle & Associates undertook a range of activities to support these projects including:
- route/network planning
- initial operating cost and passenger impact estimates
- detailed timetabling and scheduling
- implementation support including production of operating reports
- operational advice covering many aspects of operations planning
Implementation of three operators occurred on the same day as part of one of Australia’s largest simultaneous multiple-operator network changes. Our ability to support this task reflects the substantial in-house resources we are able to provide our clients.
We are pleased to report highly successful implementation for all four operations. In all cases we have helped deliver substantial efficiency gains while improving timetable quality. In particular the focus on clockface headways and improved intermodal connectivity has delivered substantial passenger benefits.