This coursework is designed to give you a practical perspective to your studies in public transport. Although there is only one option, the assignment gives considerable scope for you to use your own initiative when undertaking this assignment. Ultimately however, you should produce a report of between 2500 and 3000 words (not including references) that, to a greater or lesser extend depending on context,covers all of the points outlined below.In your report, you may wish to consider the use of appendices, as in this assignment these will not be included in the word count, however note that essential material should be contained in the main body of the text. You will be marked primarily on the degree to which the content of your report fulfils the requirements of the coursework specification. However, a proportion of the marks will be given for good presentation, report structure, appropriate referencing, spelling and grammar. The use of maps and other illustrations, where relevant, will also be viewed favourably.
Hand-in dates and assistance
For this module, you are only required to submit an electronic copy through the Moodle page. This should enable me to actually mark your assignment and give you visibility to it, but I am still experimenting with this form of assignment submission, so please retain an electronic copy for yourself.
The Task: Improvements in Public Transport (incl. Rural Public Transport)
You are asked to consider putting forward a proposal to your local Council based upon some form of infrastructure improvement which will benefit an aspect of public transport in your local area. You have been charged with making the case to the Council, or the relevant Governmental agency in your country, for funding for your proposed new public transport improvement scheme (which may possibly be in collaboration with neighbouring Council/s). In order to increase the chances of your scheme being funded by the Council, you should attempt to illustrate how it ties in with respect to the relevant LTP/LTS, or where more relevant (i.e. outside the UK), more general local or regional economic development goals or plans.
For this coursework you must produce a report that covers the following:
A clear outline of the problem. You should clearly outline the nature of the problem that your scheme is designed to address. Whilst this does suggest a problem focused approach, these can also be considered as constraining factors.
A detailed description of the scheme. You should provide fairly detailed descriptions of what your enhancements involve. A map and photographs may be of use, both of the area as it is at present, and of similar schemes elsewhere.
The cost of the scheme, both capital costs, and likely operating costs should be detailed. Note however that this proposal is not to fund operating costs, but only capital costs, although this may include some start up costs. Your scheme should also be of a significant nature i.e. the capital cost should be greater than 500,000. NOTE you should use some kind of objective measure to estimate these costs, however you will not be assessed on the accuracy or otherwise of your estimates.
Likely usage of the scheme. You will have to find out usage by considering similar schemes, which like the costs above, should be based on some form of objective estimate, although again like above, these will only be considered as rough estimates. Further sources of information may include Local Transport Today, Modern Railways, Light Rail and Modern Tramway, Buses magazine, www.eltis.org, www.centro.gov.uk, www.tfl.gov.uk, www.wymetro.com and www.spt.co.uk, amongst others, some of which offer some interesting case studies, but there is a real mixed bag on some of these.As regards this aspect of the coursework, you may want to consider, as supplementary or as an alternative, likely usage in the form of a profile of the likely types of users.
The funding of the scheme. Your Council is more likely to view your proposal favourably where it is not being asked for 100% of the cost of the scheme. You should therefore identify potential additional sources of funding and the extent to which these other sources would fund the proposal. Such sources may include the private sector (which would be viewed particularly favourably) or other public bodies.
As stated above, you may want to consider some of these in an appendix, although this should only be done where it supports material in the main text.
CRITICAL REVIEW in an appendix, you are asked to provide a critical review of your proposal, in which you are asked to discuss the potential outcomes of your proposal. This should be up to 500 words in length and does not count in the word count given above. This could be in the form of a SWOT analysis (just google it).
PLAGIARISM Plagiarism, i.e. copying large segments of text from other sources, will be heavily penalised and will almost certainly result in failure as such practices apart from anything else (i.e. contravene university regulations!) show very little evidence of learning or understanding. If you require guidelines on referencing practices and on how to avoid plagiarism I am happy to provide this.You are also referred to the universitys Be Wise, Dont Plagiarise initiative (again, just google it, or you will also find it on Youtube).
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