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A journey from adversary to partnership bus reform in NSW


  • Mellish, Darryl
  • MacDonald, Ian
  • Dwyer, Peter


This paper continues to debate the importance of understanding in the NSW Bus reform process of the relationship between central agencies, service providers, the academic community, key consultants and contractors within the setting of the transport service organisation framework. Sydney is a modern city with heavy rail, light-rail, monorail and an extensive Harbour, with bus services owned by Government as well as private interests. The paper addresses the case for reforms, the approach taken, competition policy, the subsequent development of partnerships, performance of the regulator, passenger benefits, growth and the differences between Metropolitan/Outer Metropolitan and Regional and Rural bus services.

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  • Mellish, Darryl & MacDonald, Ian & Dwyer, Peter, 2008. "A journey from adversary to partnership bus reform in NSW," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 137-145, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:retrec:v:22:y:2008:i:1:p:137-145

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    1. David A. Hensher & Ian P. Wallis, 2005. "Competitive Tendering as a Contracting Mechanism for Subsidising Transport: The Bus Experience," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, University of Bath, vol. 39(3), pages 295-322, September.
    2. van de Velde, D. M., 1999. "Organisational forms and entrepreneurship in public transport: classifying organisational forms," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 6(3), pages 147-157, July.
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    1. Emerson, David & Mulley, Corinne & Bliemer, Michiel C.J., 2016. "A theoretical analysis of business models for urban public transport systems, with comparative reference to a Community Franchise involving Individual Line Ownership," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 368-378.

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