INTEGRATING PASSENGER TRANSPORT
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In 2001 the first Integrated Transport Study
was commenced in the Murray Mallee. This plan has provided a template
for future studies across South Australia. However each plan is
unique and varies according to the local context and needs.
Integrated Transport Plans
In responding to the limited transport options within regional South
Australia, particularly between towns and to the nearest service
centre, the OPT has implemented Integrated Transport Plans. These
are based on Integrated Transport Studies which identify
the major travel needs and propose transport services that coordinate
the available transport resources and needs within the community.
Whilst each study is based on a similar methodology, each plan identifies
solutions appropriate to local needs.
They are based on four principles:
- to encourage the coordination and integration of existing transport
services and infrastructure;
- to promote more efficient use of government resources;
- to support private operators to deliver identified transport
- to encourage strong community involvement in identifying the
transport needs of the region and develop strategies to address
For further information, see:
Integrated Passenger Transport: A Model for Success from Regional
South Australia (477kb PDF)
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The Integrated Transport Plans are based on community transport
needs, therefore they have two phases of community consultation.
The first involves targeted consultation with key groups within
the community to establish specific transport needs such as those
of the youth, elderly, unemployed and indigenous communities. These
are determined by the local councils involved. The second phase
involves open consultations that enable the general community to
view the proposed services and provide feedback. Once the services
are finalised and implemented, they are governed by a local management
committee whose role , together with the service provider, is to
ensure the services are meeting community needs.
Integrated Passenger Services
Each Integrated Transport Plan has a number of services that coordinate
the various sector needs and general community needs into a package
Local health providers, particularly hospitals, have been a key
purchaser of transport services. Rather than the costs of purchasing
their own specific health bus, they have been able to purchase a
block of services for specific needs such as services for day care
and providing access to other health services.
In addition, in acknowledging that not all people can access the
regular bus services that operate to Adelaide, particularly if they
are frail aged or have mobility constraints, specific specialist
services have been developed for those unable to travel by bus.
The service is provided by a commercial operator and funded by the
State Government with contribution from the health sector. Eligibility
and bookings are coordinated through the local Community Passenger
In establishing services to link small centres to the larger centres,
the ITP's have been able to also accommodate the movement of school
children. Public services have been utilised by school children,
for school travel.
Opportunities also exist to partner with local businesses. Wallis
Cinemas has recently partnered with a local provider in the Adelaide
Hills, SouthLink, where people can purchase a ticket that covers
the cost of a movie and transport to and from the Mt. Barker cinema.
Integrating the Needs of the Youth & Elderly:
During the Murray Mallee Integrated Transport Study, youth and the
elderly were identified as two key groups who were transport disadvantaged.
Therefore each Integrated Transport Plan has at least one service
per week for the youth and one for week for the elderly dedicated
for their needs. These unscheduled services may operate at any time
outside of the regular passenger services already provided in the
contract and are to be provided by the operator at the discretion
of the local council. They are based on social inclusion objectives
and generally include outings for the youth and elderly.
Page last updated on
March 23, 2005