Premier's Innovation initiative: Big data to help manage congestion

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Transport for NSW today announced National ICT Australia (NICTA) has partnered with the NSW Government to compile data from Opal, GPS…

Transport for NSW today announced National ICT Australia (NICTA) has partnered with the NSW Government to compile data from Opal, GPS devices, traffic signals, and buses to provide better information for the Transport Management Centre to alert road users of congestion incidents and provide information about alternatives.

“This real-time data that is being compiled by the data experts and will help us improve congestion-management initiatives and prioritise programs that lead to more reliable travel times on the road and transport network,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said. 

“With congestion costing Sydney about $5 billion each year, this partnership is a great example of the private sector coming up with bright ideas to tackle the increased pressure on the road network and on public transport using some out of the box thinking.”

Sydneysiders currently make 16 million road trips on an average weekday and 15 million at the weekend. 

Almost 70 per cent of weekday trips are taken by car during peak periods. This leads to increased pressure on the road network and public transport.

The NSW Government is committed to delivering an efficient and effective transport system and to make travel times more reliable around Sydney. We aim to improve travel times during peak travel periods and grow patronage on public transport.

Major expansions of the public transport network has begun, this includes:

  • Sydney Metro Northwest.
  • Sydney Metro City & Southwest.
  • CBD and South East Light Rail Project.
  • Major road expansions including WestConnex covering the M4, M5 and connecting corridors, and NorthConnex.

The NICTA and NSW Government data collection project is funded under the Premier’s Innovation Initiative which put the callout to industry for innovative solutions to key issues such as congestion.