Green light: Road congestion and growing transport networks have boosted revenue

Increasing road congestion and expanding transport networks have driven growth in the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport industry over the past five years. Commuter transport services dominate the industry, with charter services accounting for a smaller portion of industry activity. Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 2.8% over the five years through 2018-19, to $6.6 billion. This includes an anticipated revenue increase of 2.7% in the current year. Strong growth in demand for commuter transport and investment in new services, infrastructure and rolling stock capacity have underpinned the industry's performance over the period.In commuter bus and tram markets, industry participants run services under operating contracts funded by state more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Population growth and investment in network expansions have supported the industry
  • Industry revenue has grown as the scope of public transport networks has expanded
  • The industry’s dependence on state government funding is expected to continue
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry is characterised by high barriers to entry, with routes and services heavily regulated through licensing. Entrants must convince authorities of their superior service and competitive pricing levels when tenders are called for new routes, or existing tenders are being renegotiated. This tender process ensures that incumbent firms, with higher capital and greater resources are likely to dominate the industry over smaller firms with less resources. New entrants over the past five years have been dominated by international public-transport providers. These firms typically already have substantial resources and industry knowledge from their home markets, allowing them to be highly competitive when new routes are put out to tender...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport are:

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to take advantage of government subsidies and other grants
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Capital expenditure by the government and Number of motor vehicles in the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry?

    Industry firms primarily operate urban buses and tramways for passenger transport over regular routes on set schedules, mainly in metropolitan areas.

    Industry Products
  • Private scheduled bus services
  • Public scheduled bus services
  • Urban charter and tour bus services
  • Tramway services
  • Industry Activities
  • Airport bus service
  • Metropolitan charter bus service
  • Metropolitan bus service
  • O-Bahn bus service
  • School bus service
  • Short distance bus service
  • Tramway passenger transport service
  • Urban bus service
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Capital expenditure by the government
  • Number of motor vehicles
  • Retail petrol prices
  • Total employees in the labour force

  • Current Performance
  • Public transport
  • Profitability and structure
  • Bus rapid transit
  • International tourists
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand and revenue
  • Profit and subsidies
  • Investment
  • Table: Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Electrical Services
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing and Repair
  • Tyre Retailing

  • Products & Services
  • Private scheduled bus services
  • Tramway services
  • Urban charter and tour bus services
  • Public scheduled bus services
  • Chart: Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commuters
  • Schools, clubs and associations
  • Tourists
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Urban Bus and Tramway Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Keolis Downer Pty Ltd, Department of Transport NSW, Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd, ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia Pty Ltd, Brisbane City Council,
  • Table: Keolis Downer Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Department of Transport NSW - financial performance
  • Table: Transdev Australasia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Brisbane City Council - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Urban Bus and Tramway Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Charter Services
  • Privately booked and scheduled services.
  • Light Rail
  • Light rail networks involve electric-powered vehicles that run on purpose built tracks, similar to trains. Light rail systems use lighter engines and fewer carriages than rail networks.
  • O-Bahn
  • A busway that runs on specially designed tracks combining elements of both bus and rail systems. Adelaide's O-Bahn was introduced in 1986.
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