Global Trends In Public Transport


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Presented by: David Anglin at the 2009 Railways and Harbours Conference in Cape Town.

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Global Trends In Public Transport

  1. 1. Global Trends in Public Transport – and the Impact for South Africa David Anglin, Director Business Development March 2009
  2. 2. The Importance of Public Transport <ul><li>Choices about public transit are choices about a city’s or region’s future </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will there be congestion? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will there be high levels of noise and air pollution? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will transport be affordable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will be able to use the public transport? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building more roads does not reduce traffic </li></ul><ul><li>New roads = more cars = more traffic! </li></ul><ul><li>The only way to reduce cars on the roads is to offer an alternative </li></ul>
  3. 3. How Big is the Difference?
  4. 4. What about Rail? =
  5. 5. It Matters Now, More than Ever <ul><li>Commuter rail transportation is gaining in popularity worldwide, partly due to the economic downturn and higher fuel prices. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not just high fuel prices, even with the massive drop in fuel costs over the past year, commuter rail usage is still increasing </li></ul><ul><li>Privatization to increase efficiency has been used by governments to improve services without massive initial investments </li></ul><ul><li>The current global financial climate makes it extremely difficult to implement projects with private financing </li></ul><ul><li>There is still a need for the investment of private industry expertise in partnership with Government </li></ul>
  6. 6. It Matters HERE, More than Ever <ul><li>In South Africa, most people live long distances away from their workplace, relying on taxis and buses to get to work. </li></ul><ul><li>For most South Africans, traffic congestion means they must travel to work very early in the morning and can only return home late at night. </li></ul>No Car No Mobility No Job
  7. 7. Current Global Trends - Environment <ul><li>Recent studies have shown that more energy is used to transport goods than to produce them in the first place </li></ul><ul><li>Trains have become dramatically more energy- efficient, with major improvements every year </li></ul><ul><li>Electric trains are the best replacement for noisy, polluting, and dangerous automobiles </li></ul>
  8. 8. Current Global Trends - Performance <ul><li>The biggest impact on effectiveness of a rail system is the reliability of the service </li></ul><ul><li>Reliability comes from two sources: </li></ul><ul><li>Optimised fleet management & maintenance planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality design integration & manufacture </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Current Global Trends – Technology Transfer <ul><li>Gradually developed over the past decades, this is an important continuing trend </li></ul><ul><li>The transfer of modern technology to developing regions provides a long-term local capability that supports: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building Staff Expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building locally creates jobs, strengthens a sustainable industry and develop a strong export business potential </li></ul>
  10. 10. Current Global Trends – Partnership <ul><li>Long-term Partnerships between operators and OEMs is proving extremely effective in reducing costs and increasing performance </li></ul><ul><li>Standardization of products has a huge impact on maintenance costs, including spare parts, facilities, tooling, and training </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships enable tailor-made solutions without the pricetag! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lessons for South Africa – Build NOW <ul><li>“ When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle… </li></ul><ul><li>… I'm sure it made the work seem that much more urgent.” George Carlin, Comedian </li></ul><ul><li>The need for investment in the South African rail infrastructure – and the rail industry - has never been more desperate or more urgent </li></ul>
  12. 12. Lessons for South Africa – Build HERE <ul><li>Modern trains, built in South Africa will develop skilled jobs to support a permanent rail industry – that can export to the world </li></ul><ul><li>The existing commuter rail fleet was built here, there is no reason why the replacement fleet should not also be created by a home industry </li></ul><ul><li>What is needed is a strong commitment from Government to invest in this industry – large contracts that will support investment in facilities and training </li></ul><ul><li>This investment must be focused on the long-term, not just 2-3 years of production, but 20 to 30 years or more! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Lessons for South Africa – Build TOGETHER <ul><li>Commuter Rail in South Africa needs a massive fleet replacement effort, but the money is not necessarily there for an immediate contract award for this full project </li></ul><ul><li>There is no currently existing product in the world that is suitable for the South African market </li></ul><ul><li>A framework agreement that incorporates all of the local industry, as well as a global partner, would allow a customized solution with a dependable long-term price structure – a high quality train from South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term partnerships between suppliers provide a win-win solution in which the best product is delivered but profitability is still maintained for suppliers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Lessons for South Africa <ul><li>Build NOW </li></ul><ul><li>Build HERE </li></ul><ul><li>Build TOGETHER </li></ul><ul><li>Build for the FUTURE </li></ul>