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Cubic sees high tech jobs 'export' potential of Sydney transport contract Featured

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US-based transport systems company Cubic has secured a contract valued at $50 million as part of the project to provide Sydney’s claimed world-first intelligent transport management system.

And Cubic has said the project will create a whole new stream of high tech jobs in NSW, producing “ground breaking innovations” that can be exported to the world.  

As reported by iTWire, the NSW Government announced the planned project on Tuesday with Cubic Transportation Systems Australia to collaboratively build an advanced multimodal transport platform to replace the current traffic management system, which was built for the Sydney Olympics 2000.

The government says its $123 million investment in the project will future proof Sydney’s transport management system so it can better manage congestion and respond to incidents faster, as well as preparing for new transport infrastructure in the pipeline.

Cubic’s Intelligent Congestion Management Program contract is for a term of five years and seven months, with options for two three-year extensions.

Cubic says the new system will enhance monitoring and management of the road network across NSW, co-ordinate the public transport network across all modes, improve management of clearways, planning of major events and improve incident clearance times, while providing real time information and advice to the public about disruptions.

“This landmark project will position Sydney as a global leader in multimodal transport management operations,” said CTS president Matt Cole.   

“Today’s announcement will enable Cubic to commercialise this new technology and bring additional innovation to Transport for New South Wales, enabling the organisation to remain at the forefront of transport management technology.

 “It will also create a whole new stream of high tech jobs in NSW, producing ground breaking innovations that we can export to the world.”

Cubic and its partners, including WSP, PTV Group, Mentz and Microsoft, will provide and support a technology platform integrating the operational management systems for all modes of transportation in the Sydney area, coupled with the most up-to-date data, statistics and intelligence on transport operations.

Cubic says the project will see New South Wales’ Transport Management Centre transformed into a true multimodal operation across the state’s entire transport network to address congestion, improve safety and increase public transport usage.

“Cubic has been involved in traffic management in Sydney since prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympics,” said Tom Walker, senior vice-president and managing director of CTS AsiaPacific.

“This new project is exciting and strategic because it is the first contract anywhere in the world for Cubic’s next-generation, fully multimodal Transport Management Platform.”  

“The world’s cities have become far more complex in the last 20 years and transportation planners now need to deal with a range of new opportunities and challenges while preparing for a hybrid future, which will likely include the introduction of autonomous vehicles.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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