And we have a winner! This week I attended the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) New Zealand Rail 2018 conference. Alex Van Der Voorn, Planning & Performance Coordinator, presented his idea about dynamic real-time disruption management at the conference as part of the Young Rail Professional Pitching Competition. His pitch blew everyone away and I am excited to say, he caught the attention of the judges and was announced the winner! Now we have to find ways to see how we can build on his idea.
The ARA Rail Conference is a key opportunity to meet up with industry leaders. We had speeches from the Mayor, The Minister for Transport the Hon. Phil Twyford and Shane Ellison, the CEO of Auckland Transport. It is good to hear their views as it determines how we will manage our business in future. There is a lot of exciting stuff happening, so plenty to do.
There are a couple great events happening next week. On Monday, 18 June, Transdev Auckland will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr is a festival of breaking the fast at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid is about gathering of family and friends, enjoying a good feast, gift-giving and helping the poor. We will be delivering baklava to all Book-Ons and Head Office to join in the sharing spirit.
From Monday, we will also be collecting donations to support The Auckland City Mission. As part of their event, Two Can, we encourage you to drop off non-perishable foods at your nearest Book-On. There will be collection boxes until the Friday, 29 June. If you are keen to give a little bit more, register with the TDAK Spirit team and join us volunteering at one of the Mission’s community centres. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lastly, from Monday, 18 June, AT Transport Officers will begin issuing infringement notices to fare dodgers. A fine of $150 can now be issued on the spot to anyone not travelling with a valid ticket or tagged-on AT HOP card. Something we wanted for a long time is now happening and I am sure it will deter more people from travelling without paying.
Ma te wa/Bye for now,