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Research Report 193 Valuation of travel time savings – market research

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

This project involved market research among motorists in New Zealand to establish unit behavioural values of travel time savings under a range of conditions, for application in the evaluation of transport projects.

Research Report 240 The economics of travel for education in New Zealand

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

A study undertaken in 2001–02 on the economics of travel for education had the following objectives:

Research Report 339 Measurement valuation of public transport reliability

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

Reliability in public transport is important for operators and passengers alike. Reliability can affect users in one of two ways: as a delay when picking up the passenger and as a delay when the passenger is on the service. Reliability measures are typically used within performance regimes to evaluate the quality of service of public transport providers. This research, carried out in 2007, aims to find a method of measuring the value placed on public transport reliability in different contexts in New Zealand. As part of this project, a stated preference survey was designed and implemented to collect information about passengers’ current public transport usage, their attitudes to reliability and how they valued reliability.

Research report 436 Benefits of new and improved pedestrian facilities - before and after studies

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

Walking is an essential mode of transport. New and improved pedestrian facilities promote walking and provide greater access and mobility within our communities. The NZ Transport Agency has recently updated the procedures for the evaluation of pedestrian improvement projects. The benefit factor applying to new pedestrian trips was increased from $0.50 to $2.70/km, making pedestrian facility improvement projects more economically viable. Thus, estimating the increase in pedestrian flows (as opposed to simply recording existing pedestrian flows) is now important in the economic evaluation of new or improved facilities. This research analysed case studies at eight New Zealand sites where the implementation of new pedestrian facilities (or the improvement of existing facilities) led to increased pedestrian usage and improved perception of the sites. The study recorded pedestrian rates both before and after facility implementation, and analysed accompanying factors such as safety, delay and directness.

Research Report 540 Customers requirements of multimodal travel information systems

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

The purpose of this research was two-fold: 1) to provide evidence-based recommendations that identify the Transport Agency's customers' key information needs, and 2) to provide best-practice guidance on ways the Transport Agency can best offer and 'push' the delivery of multimodal travel information that is tailored to individuals. This research was carried out in three stages, between November 2012 and June 2013:

Research Report 024 Total mobility users survey

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

The research study of the Total Mobility Scheme, which provides reduced fares for taxi travel by people with disabilities, was undertaken to assist the government-funded Working Group on Transport Systems for Transport Disadvantaged in New Zealand in fulfilling its terms of reference. The study included a survey of users of the Total Mobility Scheme in Dunedin and Palmerston North, to provide more information about the scheme, especially to identify who uses it and the purposes of their trips. Summaries of the data analysis of the survey results are presented, and also a brief statement about possible future research that can be built on these results.

Research Report 338 Developing school-based cycle trains in New Zealand

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

A cycle train is similar in approach to the ‘walking school bus’ – adult volunteer ‘conductors’ cycle along a set route to school, collecting children from designated ‘train stops’ along the way. They are well established in Belgium and are beginning to appear in the United Kingdom. Previous research in New Zealand found a high level of interest in the cycle train concept, leading us to design and conduct a trial for implementing cycle train networks here.

Research Report 387 Optimisation of heavy vehicle performance

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

Operational requirements, vehicle dimensions and mass limits, other regulations and road user charges all influence on the type of vehicle used for passenger and freight transport in New Zealand. The aim of this research was to improve the performance of New Zealand’s heavy vehicle fleet in protecting the road and bridge infrastructure, improving safety, reducing environmental impact and reducing congestion. To achieve this aim, typical vehicles used in six transport tasks in New Zealand were benchmarked against vehicles undertaking those same tasks in Australia, Canada, Southeast Asia, and the United Kingdom. The six transport tasks analysed were passenger coach transport, bulk liquids and materials transport, 40 foot ISO intermodal container transport, and livestock and refrigerated goods transport. A more optimal New Zealand truck and full trailer is presented, and ways to optimise other vehicle configurations are discussed.

Research Report 541 - Driver risk from blood alcohol levels between 50mg/100ml and 80mg/100ml

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

The goal of the research was to evaluate the effects of alcohol on the performance of New Zealand drivers across 0.05% and 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels.

Research Report 145 Parking restraint measures and their implementation

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: General

This project aimed to provide guidance on the development, specification and implementation of parking restraint policies for the major urban centres in New Zealand. The focus of the project was on peak period parking, and specifically on identifying impediments to the extension of parking restraint measures at peak times, and developing proposals to overcome such impediments where feasible. The project included an investigation of the supply and demand characteristics for parking in the CBD/ inner areas of New Zealand's three largest urban centres (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch); a review of international experience with the adoption of parking restraint policies; a review of traffic restraint related parking measures implemented in New Zealand; and, an assessment of impediments to extending peak period parking restraint measures in the three New Zealand centres. A non-quantitative assessment of the likely impacts of parking restraint policies was also included; however, the project did not compare the...