2014 Sessions

In total, there were 24 fantastic TransportCamp sessions that were proposed during 'agenda setting'. You can take a look at the final agenda matrix.

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Designing a High-speed Multimodal Network for Melbourne

Session coverage by guest blogger Ian Lo

Session Details 

  • Presented by Patrick Sunter (LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Location: Room One
  • Time: Session #5 (2:20pm - 2:55pm)
  • Number of Attendees: 18
  • Format: Workshop, presentation and Q&A

Patrick is a Transport & Urban Researcher, Software Engineer and Phd Candidate at The University of Melbourne. He is also affiliated with Beyond Zero Emissions.

Key session points:

  • Multimodal networks - one stable, easy-to-use network for all at all times
  • Map-based visualisations - isochrones - comparing mobility across different modes - green represents long travelling time, red represents short travelling time
  • Advanced technology is required: desktop GIS and spatial data, high-level programming languages, algorithms such as A* and Djikstra’s algorithm
  • OGC
  • OpenStreetMap
  • GTFS developers.google.com/transit
  • Melbourne’s network needs to be improved so that it’s like the NZE ‘clean slate’ bus redesign
  • Learning from other cities with similar urban forms - Toronto, Canada
  • OpenTripPlanner - analyses all possibilities and informing you the best possible method of travel
  • *** bus costs increase as frequency increases
  • *** bus costs decrease as speed increases
  • Walking is crucial - but this aspect is often neglected
  • Over a large area, these might be necessary:
    • Some smaller buses with a feeder role
    • Some demand-responsive buses, in outer suburbs as a primary mode of transport, and as a supplement in inner suburbs
    • Some levels of walking might be good for public health (and it’s better than driving!)
  • Will it be difficult to get people to use multimodal transport, and will people prefer to take a single mode per trip (e.g. bus only, or train only)
  • Maybe we can have bicycle racks in front of buses (like in New Zealand) so that people can bring their bikes along?
  • Fiona - I prefer trains because buses are less reliable, or at least, marketed and perceived as less reliable
  • Visual improvement - can bus route maps be better represented (colour coded ) like rail maps so that it’s more user friendly?
  • e.g. in London, each bus stop has a map which shows the bus connections