THE Northern Territory Government last week said it is continuing to explore a range of options to help improve the public transport network in Darwin, with consultants appointed to undertake a comprehensive network review of the Greater Darwin Public Transport Network.
In a statement announcing the appointment of transport planning consultancy MRCagney and international transit consultant Jarrett Walker, Transport Minister Peter Styles said the government is committed to fully exploring the Darwin public transport network to enhance the service for all commuters.
"The review aims to achieve our Government's commitment to improve the public transport network and forms a key component in the development of a Public Transport Strategy for the Territory," Mr Styles said.
"Darwin's public transport network has not been properly reviewed for many years and this is a project that our government believes is a high priority.
"There are more than 5.2 million passenger trips per year on the greater Darwin public transport network and we want to be able to continue to offer them the most efficient, cost effective mode of traveling.
"This review is part of our government's plan to provide safe, reliable and comfortable public transport and we want to continue to provide this to our community," the Minister said.
Government representatives, and Darwin, Litchfield and Palmerston councils and the community will have the opportunity to input to the review in the latter half of the year following preliminary data analysis, according to the government.
Mr Styles said public transport networks in rapidly developing cities such as Darwin need periodic review to ensure the system fits the city and reflects evolving best practice in efficient and effective network design and city planning.
"It is vital this study looks at all the challenges and issues together to ensure the best design is employed to address them," he said.