Monday, May 18, 2009
ADELAIDE'S next Thinker in Residence will put the city's public transport system under the microscope.
Transport Minister Patrick Conlon today announced Fred Hansen, the general manager of transport provider TriMet in Portland, Oregon, will begin in October.
Mr Conlon said Mr Hansen's experiences would help South Australia implement its next phase of public transport projects and would influence the state's first transport-oriented development at Bowden.
"Mr Hansen's home town of Portland is internationally recognised as one of the finest exponents of a sustainable and integrated public transport system," he said.
"In particular we are looking to benefit from Mr Hansen's expertise in the provision of higher-density development along transport corridors as we pursue a more liveable and sustainable city."
Last week's Federal Budget announced support for extensions of the Gawler and Noarlunga rail lines and another $61 million to gives O-Bahn buses priority in the city.
Mr Hansen will take over from Professor Laura Lee, who has focused on the integrated design of cities.