On 27 August 2015, we had academic visitors from South Korea, namely Yong Geol Kim (Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting), Jonghak Han and Bongman Seo (both from the Incheon Development Institute). The purpose of their trip was to investigate the operation of DRT services in Melbourne for the development of possible DRT services in Ganghwa County, Incheon. Currently, some regular bus lines in Ganghwa County are experiencing very low uptake, which sparked their interest of implementing DRT in those low-demand areas away from the city centres. They were particularly interested in the operations of PTV’s Telebus in Lilydale and Flexiride in Yarrawonga. and the government’s approach to handle legal controversies of DRT services. In addition, during the meeting we presented the progress of the project, ideas, and preliminary findings. We will keep in touch with them for future possible collaborations.
Stephen Roddis recently started his Research Fellow position, working on the FMS Victoria project. This project is jointly funded through a Carlton Connect Initiative grant and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), and will contribute fine-grained transport demand data for our investigation of the feasibility of demand-responsive transport. For the last 11 years Stephen has worked on a wide range of transport policy and research projects within the Victorian Government, including management of the Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity (VISTA). He will now bring his expertise to the Mobility Survey Victoria project, focusing on the data analysis aspects of the smartphone-based travel survey.