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12-15-2004
Sydney and Athens Olympic Transport Experts Join Paris 2012
 
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Paris 2012 today announced the appointment of two senior international transport consultants who will be responsible for the augmentation of the Strategic Transport Plan on behalf of Paris’s bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The two experts, Stephen McIntyre, of Australia, and Panos Protopsaltis, of Greece, both worked on the highly successful Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympics, respectively.

Mr. McIntyre was Director of Strategic Planning for the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority (ORTA) of the Sydney Games. He served in that position for three and a half years. Mr. Protopsaltis served as General Manager of Transport for the Athens Olympic Committee for five years.

Following the submission of its Candidature File, Paris 2012 is determined to continue to strengthen its bid and develop its technical aspects. Both Mr. McIntyre and Mr. Protopsaltis will help the French public authorities, Paris 2012 and its transport partners to review and improve the proposed Strategic Transport Plan for the Paris 2012 Olympics.

Philippe Baudillon, Chief Executive Officer of Paris 2012, said: "Paris 2012 is delighted to welcome to its team two highly regarded transport professionals who greatly contributed to the success of the Sydney and Athens Games. Their expertise is an invaluable asset to Paris 2012."

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to offer Paris 2012 the knowledge and experience I gained through my work on the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Paris has a world-class transportation system, which provides an excellent foundation for Olympic transport operations to support an International event of this scale and importance," said Mr. McIntyre.

Mr. Protopsaltis added: "Paris 2012 appreciates the vital role of transport in any major event and, certainly, in any major city. This level of commitment, coupled with support from partners and one of the best existing public transport systems in the world, offers an auspicious beginning to this project. I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and look forward to helping take further this excellent transport proposal."
 
Biographies
 

Stephen McIntyre, of Australia, was Director of Strategic Planning for the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority (ORTA) of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games for three and a half years. During that time, he was a member of the executive team that oversaw all transport issues surrounding the Games, including responsibilities for planning, coordination and transport modeling. With a background in engineering and management, Stephen is currently a senior executive at the Roads and Traffic Authority of News South Wales, Australia. For the Paris 2012 team, Stephen consulted on all
transport aspects of the Candidature File and is preparing for the upcoming International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission visit. He will focus primarily on the needs of accredited groups, such as athletes, media and officials, as well as on the development of integrated command and control systems.

Panos Protopsaltis, of Greece, was General Manager of Transport for the Athens Olympic Committee (ATHOC) for five years. His primary role was to develop the strategic transport plan of Athens, as well as full operational plans for all transportation systems, design transport venues, and build a strategic transport and communications program. Mr. Protopsaltis also organized and managed the transport organization consisting of more than 10,000 staff. During the Athens Games, he was a senior member of the Main Operation Centre (MOC) and the head of the Olympic Transport Operations Centre (OTOC). Mr. Protopsaltis was responsible for delivering transport services to all accredited groups, the operation of the Olympic fleet and facilities, and coordination of the public agencies on transport and traffic issues. For Paris 2012, he will provide expert counsel on all transport-related matters, including facilities, command centers and shuttles. He is expected to continue in his role until the final assessment of the Paris bid.
 
Notes to Editors about Paris 2012 Strategic Transport Plan

The Paris 2012 Strategic Transport Plan (STP) has the objective of providing safe, efficient, reliable and punctual transport services to all constituent groups during the Games period. This will be guaranteed by:

· the "one Village, two clusters" concept;
· the creation of a unique dedicated governance structure: the Olympic Transport Organisation (OTRO);
· the implementation of "Olympic Lanes" (dedicated and regulated lanes) and "Optimised Traffic Routes" (traffic flow managed by regulatory personnel and remote - controlled
systems) for all accredited vehicles to minimize travel times;
· the provision of free 24-hour public transport services and free access to park-and-ride facilities for ticketed spectators;
· systematic integration of security measures into all transport planning and operations.

Respect for the environment is also a fundamental objective of the Strategic Transport Plan. This includes:

· 100% of transport shuttles using low-emission vehicles;
· maximising the use of low-emission vehicles for the accredited constituents;
· reduction of road traffic by 20% during the Games period;
· the use of low- impact transport such as walking, cycling and ferries.

The STP incorporates the following operational principles:
· a single command, control and communication structure including coordination with public authorities for airports, roads, public transport systems and traffic management;
· a strategic plan to facilitate traffic flow;
· flexibility and contingency planning to allow unexpected needs to be addressed rapidly;
· recruiting and training a large workforce, notably drivers;
· appropriate testing of all transport systems;
· coordinated, efficient communication with all client groups;
· proven emergency plans to cope with accidents, incidents and other unplanned events.

The French government, the Ile-de-France Region and the City of Paris will be responsible for all transport activities in the Ile-de-France Region during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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