About

2013 Great Transport Race

The GTR is a fast-paced event where students learn about the benefits of public transport while exploring the city they live in. There are great prizes to be won, fun to be had and of course, the glory of being crowned 2013 Great Transport Race champions!

Please note that all students and supervisors are required to use their own myki with enough value to travel during the race. For more information on myki visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight daily.

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About the race

The Great Transport Race (GTR) is an action-packed race around metropolitan Melbourne where participants use trains, trams and buses to reach mystery destination points and explore Melbourne.

Teams of four year 7 – 10 students and an adult supervisor race against schools from across Victoria. Time bonuses are accumulated by visiting pit stops, answering questions, taking photos, participating in activities and arriving back at race headquarters before the deadline.  

The GTR is a event with all teams receiving the following:

  • Carman’s muesli bars – help ensure team members keep up their energy levels by providing gourmet muesli bars to all participants during the day at every heat.
  • Melway street directories – Melbourne’s much loved street directory helps guide each team during their GTR adventure.  
  • GTR backpack with t-shirts, drink bottles and caps for the entire team.

 

Four qualifying heats are held in Melbourne’s east and south, giving students the opportunity to explore Melbourne. The top five teams from each heat progress to the CBD-based grand final. A limit of 35 teams per heat applies.

2013 race dates

The 2013 GTR takes place in term two.

        Heat    

               Date                

1

Race 1 - Thursday 18 April - Headquarters Box Hill Town Hall

2

Race 2 - Tuesday 23 April - Headquarters Box Hill Town Hall

3

Race 3 - Tuesday 7 May - Headquarters St Kilda Town Hall

4

Race 4 - Thursday 9 May - Headquarters St Kilda Town Hall

Grand final

Tuesday 21 May

Each school can register a maximum of two teams of four students from year 7 – 10. Teams must be supervised by a teacher or school approved adult supervisor i.e. parent. 

Please note that all students and supervisors are required to use their own myki with enough value to travel during the race. For more information on myki visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight daily.


Learning outcomes

The race teaches students to confidently use public transport. Knowing how and when trains, trams and buses operate and where to go for information about their journey, helps students learn how to travel around Melbourne safely and independently.

Students gain skills in navigation and map-reading while exploring Melbourne from a whole new perspective. The race helps participants use all public transport services available, letting them discover how easy it is to travel within their local area to places they may choose to visit on weekends or holidays. 

The race gives students the chance to be active, to strategise, work in teams, be leaders, represent their school and meet other students.

Winning team ACEG from St Catherine’s said that travelling fast and planning was the key to their success.

“Our motto and race strategy was to keep calm and go to the furthest pit stops first, then travel back to the CBD pit stops. We are now much more confident travelling on public transport in our local area and the CBD”

Team ACEG
St Catherine’s School 2012

 

Race information

  • Race heats all start and finish at the same location, known as race headquarters (HQ).
  • On race day, teams receive a guide with pit stop information, a Melway directory, public transport maps and a digital camera.
  • The event is time based so your team’s objective is to reach as many pit stops as possible, in the best time and in no particular order. All pits stops are accessible by public transport and include a variety of destinations.
  • At each pit stop, teams must answer a question, complete a photo activity or undertake a physical challenge.
    • Time advantages are awarded for correct pit stop answers, photos and completing challenges.
    • Time penalties are given for any incorrect photo locations, pit stop answers or incomplete challenges (including the absence of a team member) and for not following the race schedule.
  • There may not be enough time to visit all the pit stops, so it is important team supervisors encourage students to think strategically. 
  • Pit stops can be visited in any particular order.
  • Planning time is provided at the beginning of each heat. Use this time wisely. Make sure your team decides on a strategy. Will they visit the pit stops that offer the most bonus time or will they travel along the main train, tram or bus routes and visit as many pit stops as they can along the way?
  • Use maps and timetables to plan your journey.
  • A compulsory lunch pit stop will be open from 12 – 1pm. Teams must check in and stay for a minimum of 20 minutes. Teams that do not turn up or stay for the required time duration will be penalised.
  • Make sure you allow enough time to get from the public transport service you are catching to the locations on the map. Getting out of stations, walking a block or crossing busy roads all add time on to your journey.
  • All teams must return to race HQ by 2.30pm sharp, otherwise time penalties will be incurred.
  • Scores are tallied between 2.30 – 3pm while teams rest and at 3pm the winners are announced and the event ends.
  • The top five teams from each heat progress to the CBD-based grand final.
  • Photographers will be at the race to capture students’ adventures as they compete. After the race, photos will be uploaded to the GTR Facebook page. The photos may also be used in PTV's media, marketing and online materials. A media consent form (PDF) will need to be completed by each student prior to the race.
  • Encourage your students to practice using the Melway street directories before the race and familiarise themselves with local attractions and public transport routes. They can use journey planner to test their knowledge.
  • If you get stuck during the race and need some route advice you can always call the Public Transport Victoria call centre on 1800 800 007. Simply tell them your location and where you’d like to go and they’ll direct you to the nearest services and explain the best route.
  • The race has been created for students and all the decision-making, planning and strategising should be left to them. Adult supervisors should only step in when necessary.
  • Let students lead the way and make decisions. Working through problems as a team is enjoyable, satisfying and part of their challenge.
  • Be prepared for wet and cold weather. A compact raincoat and fold-up umbrella are ideal. Wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet most of the day.
  • Water and healthy snacks will be available at race HQ in the morning. Lunch will be provided at the nominated lunch pit stop. It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the race.
  • Please note that all students and supervisors are required to use their own myki with enough value to travel during the race. For more information on myki visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight daily.

For more information see the Great Transport Race frequently asked questions.

Alternatively contact the GTR team on phone 9753 2562 or email greattransportrace@ptv.vic.gov.au

 


Race rules

  • All participants in a team must register on the morning at race HQ together, by 8.30am. If a team is late, they will be penalised.
  • Stick together. Teams must be together at all times. Teams splitting up will be disqualified.
  • Information sharing between teams is not permitted. Keep your answers confidential until they are collected at race HQ.
  • If a team or team member needs to pull out of the race, the team supervisor must contact the race coordinator immediately. The contact mobile number will be provided to you on race day.
  • Teams must travel by foot or approved local public transport – trains, trams and buses. Any team seen using another form of transportation will be disqualified.
  • No running or jogging is allowed on train station platforms, at tram and bus stops or at any stage between pit stops. Any team members seen running or jogging will receive a time penalty.
  • Each adult supervisor must have a fully-charged mobile phone. The number will be recorded by event organisers to contact them if necessary.
  • All road and pedestrian rules and signals must be followed. Always use pedestrian crossings where available. Team members must behave responsibly and cautiously around roads and traffic. Time penalties will apply for risky behaviour.
  • No bad language. Time penalties will apply for bad language. GTR staff can disqualify or penalise teams that behave inappropriately.
  • Keep your public transport ticket on you at all times.
  • Be polite to the GTR photographers. Photographers may follow your team.
  • Listen to and follow the instructions of staff at race HQ and pit stops.
  • Students must follow team supervisors’ instructions at all times.
  • Students must wear the provided GTR t-shirts as a form of identification.
  • Students must remember that they are representing their school and it is important to show courtesy to others. This means offering seats to pregnant, elderly and disadvantaged passengers on trains, trams and buses. Keep doorways clear both on public transport and at location entrances.
  • All rubbish must be disposed of responsibly or taken away with you from race HQ, pit stops, trains, trams and buses.
  • The judges’ decision is final. The top five teams from each heat will advance to the grand final.
  • Please note that all students and supervisors are required to use their own myki with enough value to travel during the race. For more information on myki visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight daily.

 


Supervisor's role

Adult supervisors are very important to the Great Transport Race - indeed the event could not go ahead without you!

Each team of four students requires an adult supervisor to accompany them on their Great Transport Race adventure. The adult supervisor can be a school appointed teacher or school approved parent or adult guardian.

It is important that students are given as much opportunity to lead, make decisions and independently navigate their way around Melbourne as possible. To achieve this, the adult supervisor should not participate in decision making, but may support the team as necessary.

A range of supervisor resources are available to help you and your team get the most out of the Great Transport Race.

“Many thanks for yet another GTR! As in the past, we enjoyed the race and felt that the students learnt a lot about public transport and getting around. We’re looking forward to 2012.”

Karyn Murray
St Catherine’s team supervisor 2011


 

Supervisor resources

You can download a range of resources to help you and your team prepare for the Great Transport Race. Please take the time to read through the resources to guide your team on their path to victory! 

Photographers will be at the 2013 Great Transport Race to capture students' adventures as they compete. The photos will be used in media and marketing materials. Please make sure that all your students' consent forms are completed and returned by Friday, 29 March 2013.


Frequently asked questions

How do I register?
Only teachers can register teams. If you are a student, please notify your teacher to register your involvement.

If you are an interested student or parent, contact your school and encourage them to take part.

Registrations are now open for 2013.

Who can participate?
The Great Transport Race is open to all Victorian secondary school students in years 7 – 10.

Teams are made up of four students and one supervising adult. The team supervisor can be a teacher, parent or adult guardian.

Two teams from each school can register.

How do I organise a team?
Students should speak to their teacher about organising a team with class or club mates. Once you have permission from your school and they can provide an adult supervisor, teachers can fill out the online registration form

Do supervisors take part in the race?
Teachers or school approved supervisors are required to follow students throughout the race. The race is designed for students to lead, make decisions and navigate their way around Melbourne. The adult supervisor should not participate in decision making but may support the team as necessary.

What is race headquarters (race HQ)?
Race HQ is the starting and finishing point for the day. 

When teams arrive at race HQ they register with event officials and receive a race guide listing all the pit stops on offer.

Teams are given a full event and safety briefing. Upon return to race HQ, the scores are tallied and finalists announced.

Teams can return to race HQ at any time throughout the day to rest and use the facilities. 

How long does the race take?
Teams must register at race HQ by 8.30am, before setting off on trains, trams and buses with five hours to complete the race.

Teams must return to race HQ by 2.30pm sharp or time penalties apply. Schools will be free to leave by 3pm.

What will I get if I participate in the race?

  • Lunch
  • Carman’s muesli bars – help ensure team members keep up their energy levels by providing gourmet muesli bars to all participants during the day at every heat.
  • Melway street directories – Melbourne’s much loved street directory helps guide each team during their GTR adventure.  
  • GTR backpack with t-shirts, drink bottles and caps for the entire team.
  • Spot prizes will be awarded during the heats and grand final winners receive individual and school prizes.

What should I wear or bring on the day?
Wear comfortable shoes. You will be on your feet a lot – high heels are not recommended.

Be prepared for all seasons. Bring along a compact raincoat, fold-up umbrella and sunscreen just in case.

Each team supervisor must have a fully-charged mobile phone. The number will be recorded by event organisers to contact you if necessary. Also remember that you will need a myki with enough value to travel to and from race HQ, and during the event. For more information on myki, visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007.

T-shirts, caps, backpacks and drink bottles are provided on the day. Students must wear the provided t-shirts as a form of identification.

How are finalists chosen?
The top five teams from each heat advance to the grand final, based on the number of time bonuses they accumulate during the day. Teams gain time bonuses for correct pit stop answers, photos and activities completed. Remember, GTR is not necessarily a game of speed but strategy. 

All teams must return to race HQ by the race finishing time. Late teams receive time penalties.

What are the benefits of taking part in the Great Transport Race?
The race teaches students to confidently use public transport. Knowing how trains, trams and buses work and where to go for information about their journey gives students the chance to travel around Melbourne safely and more independently.

Students gain skills in navigation and map-reading. It’s an opportunity for them to see Melbourne in a way not experienced before. They discover interesting new places in their local area – places they would choose to visit on weekends or holidays.

The race gives students the chance to be active, to strategise, work in teams, represent their school and meet students from other schools.

Teams that reach the grand final have the chance to win individual and school prizes.

Where can I find more information about public transport?

Public Transport Victoria is your central stop for information on public transport. Visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight daily for information on public transport.

Or visit the PTV Hub located at Southern Cross Station, near the corner of Spencer and Collins streets.  

Are toilets located on the race course?
Teams can use the toilets and rest at race HQ at any time. Many pit stops have water, toilets and sheltered rest areas.

When will I receive my pre-race information pack?
An information pack will be sent to your school two weeks before your race. It will include the race HQ address, start and finish time and important safety information.

Do I need to purchase a ticket to travel during the race?

All students and supervisors are required to use their own myki with enough value to travel during the race. For more information on myki visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight daily.