Thredbo 16 Conference Program

Sunday 25 to Thursday 29 August 2019

Nanyang Executive Centre at 60 Nanyang View, Singapore 639673 (located in Nanyang Technological University)


Sunday 25 August

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Delegate registration

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome reception
NTU ADM Building


Monday 26 August

All plenary sessions will be held in The Auditorium.

8:00am

Delegate registration
Education Wing Atrium

9:00am

Opening of conference
Opening Remarks by Professor Lam Khin Yong, Vice President (Research), NTU

9:10am

Welcome
Professor David Hensher International Conference Chair

9:20am

Keynote address
by Guest of Honour Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore

10:00am

Morning tea break

10:30am

Operator and Regulator Roundtable
Didier van de Velde (Chair)
Ian Wallis and Jeremy Yap

Innovating Policies and Regulations for an Evolving Transport Ecosystem
With the goal of having a public transport ecosystem that is responsive to commuters’ needs while remaining sustainable for Operators, Singapore’s policies and regulatory framework would have to continually adapt to meet our evolving transport objectives. The presentation would provide a few key examples of what had been done to innovate our policies and regulations so as to allow for greater Government oversight, without compromising the competitive efficiencies of the market. Such are implementing the Bus Contracting Model, operating the new Thomson-East Coast Line on contracting model and restructuring our regulations for new mobility providers (e.g. licensing of Bike-Sharing Operators, new regulatory regime for Private-Hire Cars).

11:45am

Public transport fare affordability benchmarking
Professor Michael Li

12:15pm

Workshop rules
Professor David Hensher International Conference Chair

12:30pm

Lunch

1:45pm

Workshop sessions

Workshop sessions run concurrently and delegates remain with their workshop throughout the conference.

Workshop 1. Models of mainstream public transport provision
Large Lecture Room 1

Workshop 2. Practical considerations in implementing different institutional regimes
Large Lecture Room 2

Workshop 3. Emerging business models and implications for the transport ecosystem
Small Lecture Room 1

Workshop 4. Realising the potential benefits of demand-responsive travel
Small Lecture Room 2

Workshop 5. How much regulation should disruptive transportation technologies be subject to?
Small Lecture Room 3

Workshop 6. Better service delivery through modal integration
Small Lecture Room 4

Workshop 7. Assessing the wider benefits of public transport projects
Seminar Room

Workshop 8. Beyond the farebox: sustainable funding of public transport by better understanding service values
Seminar Room

3:45pm

Afternoon tea

4:15pm

Workshop sessions

6:00pm

Close

Tuesday 27 August

9:00am

Workshop sessions

10:00am

Morning tea

10:30am

Workshop sessions

12:30pm

Lunch

1:45pm

Workshop sessions

3:45pm

Afternoon tea

4:15pm

Workshops sessions

5:30pm

Close

6:45pm

Dinner Under the Stars
Land Transport Authority’s Hampshire Office

Taste for yourselves why Singapore’s unique hawker culture deserves to be recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO as you embark on a culinary discovery @ LTA with live stations providing a selection of Singapore’s top favourite hawker dishes. Continue your adventure with a visit to LTA’s SG Mobility Gallery, which will be opened beyond usual hours, to take a look at how LTA plans, designs and builds Singapore’s transport system. Have loads of fun with the multi-sensory exhibits using augmented and virtual reality and challenge each other in our interactive activities and games. Finish off by picking up a souvenir or two from our Knackstop which features quirky merchandise celebrating milestones in Singapore’s land transport industry. Proceeds go to the LTA Cares Fund, a charity fund that helps with the transport needs of financially and physically disadvantaged students and working adults.


Wednesday 28 August

9:00am

Workshop sessions

10:00am

Morning tea

10:30am

Workshop sessions

12:30pm

Lunch

2:00pm

Singapore Bicentennial Experience (Optional social tour)
Join us on this journey back in time to witness key moments in Singapore’s transformation from as far back as 1299 in a multimedia sensory experience.

6:00pm

Conference banquet dinner

  • Recognition of Tower Transit Award winners
  • Announcement of Thredbo 17 hosts

Thursday 29 August

9:00am

Presentation
Professor Kara Kockelman University of Texas

9:30am

Presentation
The regulation of point-to-point transport services
Professor Julian Wright National University of Singapore

Abstract
Taking into account the different matching technologies for point-to-point transport services (street hailing and ride hailing), and the economics of multi-sided platforms like Uber’s, we propose a unified regulatory framework. The approach distinguishes drivers and operators based on the type of matching technology used rather than whether they have traditionally been labelled as “taxis” or not. We argue, regulation around the availability and transparency of metered fares should apply to street hailing. For ride hailing, we argue exclusive clauses that prohibit drivers from driving for rival operators should be banned, while multihoming by drivers and riders should be facilitated.  

10:00am

Morning tea

10:30am

Reports from Workshops 1-4
Auditorium

12:30pm

Lunch

1:45pm

Reports from Workshops 5-8
Auditorium

3:45pm

Afternoon tea

4:15pm

Michael Beesley Award

Presentation of shortlisted papers
Early career transport professionals

Presentation of award
Associate Professor Wijnand Veeneman (Michael Beesley Award Chair)

5:50pm

Conference close
Dr Leong Wai Yan (Conference Chair) and Professor David Hensher (International Conference Series Chair)

6:00pm

End

Friday 30 August

9:00am - 2:00pm

Technical tour of Singapore Bus Academy’s Bus Technical Specialist Certification Centre (BTSCC), Ulu Pandan Bus Depot (optional)

The BTSCC supports the training needs of technicians by providing a conducive environment for technical training and certification, with specialised training facilities that use innovative technologies such as augmented reality and tablet devices to provide an interactive learning experience.

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