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Research Report 495 Transport's proportion of total costs for New Zealand businesses

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

An efficient transport system is crucial for the New Zealand economy. It facilitates businesses delivering goods to consumers, retail stores and ports for export, and maintaining business competitiveness. The objective of this research was to understand the importance of transport costs as a proportion of total business costs, and examine the opportunities to reduce these costs for New Zealand businesses.

Research Report 546 Measuring the resilience of transport infrastructure

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme | Audience: Road traffic engineers & consultants

Internationally there is a growing call to improve the resilience of our critical infrastructure. This is in response to a realisation that the services we take for granted may be robust in the face of predictable hazards/failures, but are in fact extremely fragile in the face of unanticipated shocks.

Research Report 586 Regionalisation of the National Land Transport Demand Model

Published: | Category: Research & reports , Research programme

Research was undertaken to convert a National Land Transport Demand Model to a Regional Land Transport Demand Model.

Research Report 534 Drivers of demand for transport

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

Frontier Economics was engaged by the NZ Transport Agency to assist in identifying a 'best fit' methodology for assessing the historical relationship in New Zealand between: 1) economic activity and road freight activity; and 2) income growth and passenger vehicle travel. The Transport Agency would like to use these models to develop long-term road transport forecasts.

Research Report 490 - National mapping of integrated transport and land use

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

The NZ Transport Agency is charged with taking an integrated approach to land transport planning. Our integrated planning strategy sets out how we can invest in land transport activities that support appropriate land-use patterns and connect major cities and ports. We aim to achieve the lowest possible long-term transport costs for firms and households through effective planning and design.

Research Report 538 Reliability and freight literature and practice review

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

The NZ Transport Agency's Economic evaluation manual (EEM) provides guidance on the evaluation of journey time reliability in private road vehicle trips. The EEM currently does not provide for the evaluation of reliability for commercial vehicles and freight.

Research Report 492 Scoping approach and measuring the impact of indexing unit cost parameters in cost-benefit analysis

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

This study assessed the feasibility and materiality of allowing for real-price changes in economic appraisals over the course of a transport project's appraisal period. The research found that time indexing unit cost parameters in transport cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is feasible, and that benefit-cost ratios (BCRs) increase materially for the majority of project categories, but not for all. The report considers some of the issues involved, identifies the relative effects of various assumptions, and provides recommendations.

Research Report 542 Ongoing domestic freight volume information study

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

The availability of comprehensive and reliable information on the movement of freight is increasingly seen as an important element in the effective planning for the sector, both by those providing infrastructure and those providing services. However, the main source of data on freight movements, the Ministry of Transport's National Freight Demand Study, was based on data that is now outdated. Given the substantial changes that have subsequently taken place, there is a need to consider how this might be updated. This should be undertaken in a way that as far as possible minimises the burden to data providers and is easily repeatable.

Research Report 524 Development of a public transport investment model

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

This research was the first stage in developing an investment model aimed at assisting regional authorities and the NZ Transport Agency to make public transport investment decisions. The approach assumed that public transport (PT) subsidies should be invested to maximise allocative efficiency – ie in a way that ensures society gains the greatest overall net benefit from PT.

Research Report 479 The economic and land use impacts of transformational transport investment

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

The purpose of this research, which was undertaken between July 2010 and June 2011, was to develop, test and recommend additional methodologies that could be used to quantify the economic productivity and land use impacts when assessing transformational or structural transport investments over time. Currently there is a knowledge gap in this area and the intention was to develop a more strategic approach to assist in gaining greater value for money from future transport investments. We investigated how it might be possible to get a forward-looking view of the productivity and land use changes associated with transformational transport investments. In our view, the retrospective case study approach can be used to provide a predictive tool to assess land use and productivity effects of transformational transport investments. One key factor that enables this is that the tool is intended to be employed at the project inception phase.
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