The NSW Government says the system — using predictive technology — will help the city’s Transport Management Centre make faster, more informed decisions, making passenger journeys more reliable and reducing the cost of congestion.
It says Sydney will lead the world in intelligent transport management with deployment of the new system.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said, “Technology is rapidly changing the way people move around Sydney, driverless Metro trains will start carrying customers next year and driverless cars are already being tested on NSW roads.
“It makes us more responsive to incidents by automating current manual processes using data. The goal is to predict 30 minutes into the future and act in 5 minutes – this helps to divert traffic, co-ordinate public transport and provide real-time information to customers about any disruptions or alternative routes.”
The NSW Government has said the system would be delivered in 2020 and will also include auto-generated congestion alerts that quickly point operators to where unusual conditions exist on the road network, leading to faster detection and clearance of crashes and other incidents.
Part of the program includes a contract 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.
“This announcement is the continuation of a strong collaboration with Cubic, which already operates the Opal smartcard network. This ongoing relationship will ensure we receive continuous product enhancements and upgrades, while minimising additional investment, to deliver innovation for many years,” Constance said.