Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 17 August 2017) . . Page.. 3031 ..
(Question No 327)
Mr Coe asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 9 June 2017:
(1) Why was it necessary for a delegation to travel to North America to learn about public ticketing systems.
(2) Was consideration given to studying ticketing systems in Australian jurisdictions.
(3) When was the decision made that a delegation should travel to North America and who made that decision.
(4) When did the delegation travel and what was the composition of the delegation which travelled to North America.
(5) What was the total cost of the delegation travel to North America to learn about new ticketing systems.
(6) What was the total cost of the delegation travel to North America including (a) international airfares, (b) travel costs within North America, (c) accommodation, (d) sustenance, (e) hospitality, (f) travel allowances, (g) meeting costs and (h) other costs.
(7) Did any members of the delegation meet their own travel costs; if so, how many of the delegates paid their own costs and what was the amount paid.
Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) The lnternational Association of Public Transport (UITP) held its Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal, Canada, from 15 to 17 May 2017. It is a unique, premier international event with a long history covering all urban transportation modes. Immediately following the summit, UITPANZ co-ordinated an eight day North American study tour covering rail, bus, light rail, road transport, and other relevant modes. It also covered a wide range of issues, including technology, systems, operations, maintenance, strategy and policy matters.
The delegation attended the UITP Global Public Transport Summit and subsequent UITPANZ Study Tour. I intend to make remarks regarding the summit and study tour in due course.
(2) TCCS continues to assess both national and international ticketing systems in preparation for the proposed procurement of a new ticketing system for Transport Canberra.
(3) A decision was made in February 2017. The travel of myself and my transport advisor followed consultation with the Chief Minister. I approved the travel of the accompanying TCCS official.