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Reviewing our progress

Future Transport Strategy

Using advanced data analytics to measure performance

As data capture and analysis advances, we will continue to develop more sophisticated performance measures to better understand changing patterns of movement for people and goods, particularly in areas where many data gaps exist. We are using this smart data and advanced analytics, as well as new technologies to rapidly adapt our work and accelerate benefits across our passenger transport and freight networks.

Initiatives that are improving the way we collect, analyse and use data include:

  • Partnering with industry and making transport data sets available through the Open Data Hub, to support innovative solutions, including performance measurement.
  • Making real-time data available to app developers, with over eight million unique downloads by customers in total to date.
  • Analysing rich Opal and telecommunications data to explore customers’ travel patterns and improve transport planning decisions.
  • Creating the real-time Digital Twin with Transport’s intelligent systems and decision engines, which will use artificial intelligence to better predict anomalies and customer movements across the day.
  • Generating automatic congestion alerts for Transport Management Centre (TMC) operators, using machine learning to quickly identify unusual traffic conditions, detect breakdowns, crashes or other incidents faster, and minimise traffic impacts.

Transport for NSW is using more and more of the increasing volume of data becoming available to help us plan and improve how we deliver services and infrastructure. This is an evolving process as Transport continues to collect and analyse data and develop innovative methods to model and test future scenarios.

Events since 2018, especially COVID-19 and the 2020 bushfires, have fundamentally impacted how we live, work and travel. Their cumulative impacts to transport, employment and other forecasts cannot be quantified meaningfully at this point in time. However, data capture around travel demand during these events, and during the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, will provide valuable insights for scenario testing other potential ‘shocks’ to the network.

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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