NTC hosts forum for US transport students

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has continued to showcase Australia’s transport reforms on an international stage following a roundtable discussion with visiting students from the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI) Master’s Program in March.

NTC Chairman Greg Martin said the roundtable was a good way to share information about Australia’s transport reforms and to learn about the United States and Canada’s transport sectors and the challenges they face.

“The students were particularly interested to learn about our world-leading Performance-Based Standards scheme and modular B-Triple framework, given such concepts aren’t in operation within their transportation systems,” he said.

The interactive forum involved a range of presentations by the NTC’s Acting Chief Executive George Konstandakos and Acting Executive Member Jeff Potter, as well as Infrastructure Australia’s John Austen and Powell Managing Director Des Powell, who discussed the National Ports Strategy; and NHVR CEO Richard Hancock, who spoke to the students about the recent establishment of Australia’s first ever National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

The session formed part of the program’s travel seminar where students travel as a cohort to one or more cities to engage with regulators and operators of both passenger and freight facilities and services.

Seventeen students and two faculty members visited Sydney and Melbourne as part of their chosen cities for 2013. The Masters Program comprises students in senior or executive positions in private freight and transport organisations across the USA and Canada.

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