SHOROC Bus Rapid Transit proposal - NSW Transport Infrastructure Summit October 2011


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A presentation outlining the proposed Bus Rapid Transit system for Sydney's Northern Beaches, given by SHOROC's Executive Director to the 2011 NSW Transport Infrastructure Summit on 5 October 2011,

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  • Integrated Bus Rapid Transit as a solution for Sydney’s Northern BeachesAssessing different solutions to enhance connectivity between suburbs in Northern SydneyCouncils’ partnership approach to integrating transport and land use planning
  • SHOROC is a partnership between Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah Councils – working together to make our region and our councils even strongerWe do a range of things but basically we collaborate and coordinate regional matters to deliver better outcomes for the community – and help make our councils stronger through costs saving and efficiency measures and resource sharing.
  • We’ve only got three major routes to and from the region – the choked Warringah and Mona Vale Roads to the East West and the Spit Military Road corridor to the North/South, which was shown in a recent study to be the slowest commute in Australia, a fact comfirmed by the auditor generals reports on congestion.
  • Buses plus Manly ferriesMorning city commute times (to the city - 28kms)Mona Vale: 1hr25minCronulla: 50minWentworthville: 31minConsidered unreliable, slowNot seen as an alternative to private car travel
  • Shaping Our Future is the regional strategy agreed by all four councils that outlines our major policy directions for transport, health, housing and jobsThe major objectives of this regional strategy are to: Address our major issues now which are undoubtedly transport and health. Meet the major challenges to come– population growth and climate change - which will only compound the pressures on our region. And do this while maintaining and enhancing our way of life, our outstanding natural environment and our contribution to global Sydney. To come up with this strategy our councils have worked with a consortia of planning experts to analyse the opportunities and constraints for our region using the core values of our community. It includes practical and evidence-based strategies for transport, health, housing and jobs, underpinned by a clear policy of sustainability and liveability.
  • Shaping Our Future includes the major directions for housing and jobs together with the priorities for transport and health.A crucial element is that it ties the housing and jobs directions with the major transport routes and new planned infrastructure to seek to create jobs close to home and to minimise transport use and the need for further transport investment. Health prioritiesImmediately build Northern Beaches HospitalRetain & upgrade Mona Vale Hospital
  • Transport Now, in my opinion transport is the biggest issue for our region. The biggest concern for our residents.We’ve done significant thinking about the options for our major routes in conjunction with experienced transport consultants as obviously we wanted to come up with practical solutions not pie-in-the-sky ideas. The core priorities for investment based on our analysis are:A Bus Rapid Transit system for faster public transport from Mona Vale to Chatswood and the CBD. Upgrades are needed to Mona Vale Road – making it dual lane carriageway along its length Important also is grade separation at the intersections of Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road, a critical part if the construction of the Northern Beaches Hospital, as well as upgrades to Wakehurst Parkway to provide flood free access to the hospital. Go into further detail on these shortly
  • BRT is defined as rapid transit that combines the quality of rail with the flexibility of buses. BRT can deliver similar or even superior service capacity to rail, with capacity for 9-30,000 people per hour. The focus for BRT should be a system, not just trunk routes, with key issues connectivity, frequency, visibility, accessibility. Usual cost for BRT is between $5-15 million per km. Light rail typically ~$35 million/mile, Metro ~ $168 million/mile. As a cost comparison for $US 1 billion could build 43kms BRT, 14kms elevated rail, 7kms subway. BRT can be operational in less than 18 months, including feasibility, construction, trial and then operation. It can be constructed in phases to show early progress without major budget.
  • Median/dedicated busways to provide both a dedicated priority route for the buses and a clear signal to passangers that this is a significant public transport system
  • Enhanced & high quality metro-style stationsIntegrated ticketing (off-board fare collection)
  • Advanced fleet (often appears to be light rail with wheels)
  • Service design & system management (eg. buses every 1-5min, light priority & tracking, maps look like rail network)Strong marketing- to gain support for system, then to drive patronageKey here is that a BRT system can provide the capacity of light rail at a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time. BRT Examples:New York: 30% patronage increase, 20% time savingsLA Metro: 39% ridership increase, 29% time savings, 33% new riders
  • The priority for North/South is a Bus Rapid Transit system for faster public transport to the city from Mona Vale with a dedicated peak hour median bus lane.This system would then link with a new underground interchange at Neutral Bay to service buses from Sydney’s North West and our region, located below ground to not impact on the amenity of the local area. This modal interchange – which also serves North West buses – then links to a metro-style rapid transit service to Wynyard using the Harbour Bridge and redundant tram tunnels – effectively removing the issue of buses queuing across the bridge as they’re doing in peak hour now. Greatest population & commuter movements with over 20,000 people commuting along this route every day Focus on modal shift – providing a real alternative to private cars
  • The NSW Government is now undertaking a feasibility study into Bus Rapid Transit for the Northern Beaches. The Bus Rapid Transit Pre-Feasibility Study is being managed by the Department of Transport and a Project Control Group of key stakeholders including SHOROC and the major public transport and road agencies.The feasibility study will assess the performance of existing bus corridors, analyse corridor constraints, and identify opportunities to improve travel speed and reliability, including infrastructure options. The findings of the investigation will be documented in a draft report which is expected to be presented later in the 2011.SHOROC understands the NSW Government’s feasibility study will involve a strategic assessment of the Bus Rapid Transit options for the region, including potentials costs, alignment options, integration, environmental impacts and traffic and patronage studies.The NSW Government allocated $3 million for studies into a bus rapid transit system on the Northern Beaches in the 2011 Budget.
  • SHOROC Bus Rapid Transit proposal - NSW Transport Infrastructure Summit October 2011

    1. 1. Integrated Bus Rapid Transit as a solution for Sydney’s Northern Beaches<br />Ben Taylor, SHOROC Executive Director<br />2011 NSW Transport Infrastructure Summit 5 October 2011<br /><br />
    2. 2. SHOROC is a partnership of…<br />Working for a stronger region & stronger councils <br />@ourshoroc<br />
    3. 3. SHOROC region <br />
    4. 4. Three roads. Slowest commutes in Australia<br />Mona Vale Rd<br />Warringah Rd<br />Pittwater/Military Rd<br />
    5. 5. Public transport now<br /><ul><li>Buses plus Manly ferries
    6. 6. Morning city commute times
    7. 7. Mona Vale: 1hr25min
    8. 8. Cronulla: 50min
    9. 9. Wentworthville: 31min
    10. 10. Considered unreliable, slow, packed
    11. 11. Not seen as an alternative to private car travel</li></ul>@ourshoroc<br />
    12. 12.
    13. 13. Shaping our FutureDirections for transport, health, housing and jobs for a vibrant sustainable SHOROC region. <br />
    14. 14. Shaping Our Future<br /><ul><li>Major directions for housing & jobs - accommodate NSW Govt housing & employment targets
    15. 15. Major priorities for transport & health infrastructure investment</li></ul>@ourshoroc<br />
    16. 16. Transport priorities<br />
    17. 17. Transport<br /><ul><li>Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Dee Why to Chatswood
    18. 18. BRT Mona Vale to City.
    19. 19. Road upgrades:
    20. 20. Mona Vale Road
    21. 21. Grade separations around the Northern Beaches Hospital
    22. 22. Flood-free Wakehurst Parkway
    23. 23. Unclog pinch points</li></ul>@ourshoroc<br />
    24. 24. What is Bus Rapid Transit?<br />Rapid transit that combines the quality of rail with the flexibility of buses<br />
    25. 25. Median/dedicated busways<br />San Francisco<br />Curibitha, Brazil<br />@ourshoroc<br />
    26. 26. Enhanced & high quality stations, integrated ticketing<br />Brisbane<br />Curibitha, Brazil<br />
    27. 27. Advanced fleet<br />Las Vegas<br />Bogota<br />@ourshoroc<br />
    28. 28. Service design & system management, Strong marketing<br />Istanbul<br />
    29. 29. SHOROC’s Bus Rapid Transit proposal<br /><ul><li>Realistic & achievable
    30. 30. Affordable
    31. 31. Improve reliability
    32. 32. Cut travel times
    33. 33. Modal shift to public transport</li></li></ul><li>BRT East - West<br /><ul><li>Fast public transport Dee Why to Chatswood
    34. 34. Initial focus on priority median-strip bus corridor
    35. 35. Attractive for jobs & take pressure off North-south
    36. 36. Major new Hospital to be started in next 3 years
    37. 37. Greatest population increases in this corridor
    38. 38. Could be upgraded to light rail in future </li></ul>@ourshoroc<br />
    39. 39. BRT North -South<br /><ul><li>Mona Vale to city
    40. 40. Co-located median-strip bus corridor
    41. 41. Alt. to Neutral Bay interchange connecting to Metro across the Bridge - also benefits the North West
    42. 42. Greatest population & commuter movements
    43. 43. Focus on modal shift </li></li></ul><li>@ourshoroc<br />
    44. 44.
    45. 45. @ourshoroc<br />
    46. 46.
    47. 47.
    48. 48. Current status<br /><ul><li>Adopted policy of all four councils
    49. 49. NSW Government conducting pre-feasibility studies
    50. 50. Committed pre-election to ‘urgently seeking expressions of interest to establish a Northern Beaches BRT’
    51. 51. $3M allocated in NSW budget to feasibility studies in 2011
    52. 52. Working closely with SHOROC</li></ul>@ourshoroc<br />
    53. 53.<br />Find out more <br />and get involved<br />
    54. 54. Ben Taylor<br />SHOROC Executive Director<br /><br />(02) 9905 0095<br /> <br />Twitter: @ourshoroc<br />