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  • Reference: 561
  • Author: Ian Wallis, Ian Wallis Associates | Adam Lawrence, Ian Wallis Associates | Stuart Donovan, MRCagney Pty Ltd | Lennart Nout, MRCagney Pty Ltd | Kit McLean, Coalesce Consulting

This research evaluates existing policy and planning practices, both in New Zealand and overseas, and identifies a framework for appraising and evaluating the benefits and costs of bus-based infrastructure (bus stops and shelters, bus interchanges and bus priority) and the risks to successful project delivery. It suggests a combination of multi-criteria analysis and cost-benefit analysis can...


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Research Report 563 - Safer speeds: public acceptance and compliance

Published: Dec 2014
  • Reference: 563
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41994-8
  • Author: S Turner and S Bosher, MWH NZ Ltd | D Logan, Monash University | J Khoo and H Trumper, Beca Ltd

A key element of the Safer Journeys national road safety strategy is safer speeds. In some cases, particularly where investment to make roads safer at current speeds cannot be justified, this means reduced speed limits for both urban and rural roads. This research considered the level of acceptance of and compliance with reduced speed limits. It examined information from a number of speed limit...


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Research Report 562 - Economic benefits of park and ride

Published: Dec 2014
  • Reference: 562
  • Author: I Wallis, Ian Wallis Associates | J Ballantyne, TDG | A Lawrence, Ian Wallis Associates | D Lupton, Ian Wallis Associates

This research report investigated the economic and financial benefits from providing expanded park and ride (P&R) facilities. The project objectives were to assist decision-makers by providing guidance on:

- the rationale for investment in P&R, as a cost-effective and efficient means of improving state highway and local arterial road performance and/or reducing public...

  • Reference: 559
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41984-9
  • Author: Dave Smith and Dale Harris Abley Transportation Consultants Limited | Sara Clarke and Pulith Kapugama URS New Zealand Limited

Digital data from emerging sources such as GPS, Bluetooth and weigh-in-motion is currently captured in New Zealand for a range of traffic monitoring purposes. This research project was undertaken to provide guidance on what capacity exists to assess the performance of the state highway road network using these digital data sources.

This report summarises the background research, model...


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Research Report 560 - Reduced bitumen application rates using bitumen emulsions

Published: Nov 2014
  • Reference: 560
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41985-6
  • Author: SA Bagshaw Opus Research Ltd

This research project investigated the differences in cohesive energies of model chipseal samples prepared from bitumen emulsions, the base binders, and the kerosene cutback base binder. The aim was to determine if it was possible to construct chipseals by using a lower residual bitumen application rate whilst still retaining adequate performance. Analysis of the NZTA RAMM (Road Asset and...


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Research Report 556 Survey methods for driver mobile phone use

Published: Oct 2014
  • Also known as: 556
  • ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-478-41981-8
  • Author: Opus International Consultants Ltd

Reducing driver distraction, including distraction resulting from mobile phone use, is an aim of New Zealand’s Safer Journeys programme.

Currently mobile phone usage by New Zealand drivers is captured by self-report or observational surveys. However, studies have indicated that these methodologies might be under-representing actual usage rates.

The aims of this study...


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Research Report 558 Epoxy modified bitumen chip seals

Published: Oct 2014
  • Also known as: 558
  • ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-478-41983-2
  • Author: Opus International Consultants Ltd

The research investigated aspects of the use of epoxy modified bitumen for construction of chip seals. Changes in the shear modulus, needle penetration and cohesive energy of the epoxy bitumen were used to monitor changes in the material as it cured at 35℃ and 45℃ and after accelerated ageing at 85℃ for 177 days. Wheel-tracking tests were used to determine the ability of the material to...

  • Also known as: 557
  • ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-478-41982-5
  • Author: GHD Limited

With increasing demand for travel and limited opportunities for increasing capacity within urban areas there is increasing pressure to make more effective use of the capacity available. One approach is the introduction of special vehicle lanes where particular classes of traffic, typically buses and high occupancy vehicles are permitted to use the lane.

Vehicles eligible to use...


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Research Report 555 Optimising drainage maintenance for pavement performance

Published: Sep 2014
  • Reference: 555
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41974-0
  • Author: J Patrick and H Arampamoorthy, Opus Research | G Arnold, Road Science

This project was designed to investigate the importance of drainage maintenance for pavement performance and to recommend a maintenance strategy. With restrained funding for pavement renewals drainage maintenance is a cost-effective method to ensure optimum pavement performance.

A combination of repeated load triaxial testing and modelling of water movement has shown that once...


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Research Report 554 Travel time predictability

Published: Aug 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41966-5
  • Author: Sinclair Knight Merz Limited

Reliable journey time is a key parameter in travellers' route choice and has important applications in transport planning and modelling. For transport users, it affects their choice of mode, journey route and also their activity patterns. For transport planners and policy makers, journey time estimates are used to provide key indicators for performance monitoring, congestion...


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Research Report 551 Car passenger valuations of quantity and quality of time savings

Published: 01 Jul 2014
  • Reference: 551
  • ISBN: 978-0-478- 41948-1
  • Author: Ian Wallis - Ian Wallis Associates

The objective of this research project was to undertake primary market research in New Zealand, at an exploratory level, to gain greater understanding of car passengers' valuations of travel time savings in a range of situations (including passenger valuations relative to when driving, and relative to car occupants as a group). Based on this exploratory research, the project assessed the...


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Research Report 547 Fatigue design criteria for road bridges in New Zealand

Published: 30 Jun 2014
  • Reference: 547
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41936-8 (electronic)
  • Author: MJ Beamish, Beca Ltd

Road bridges are subjected to millions of cycles of heavy vehicle loading over their design lives, and the introduction of higher vehicle mass limits on New Zealand roads will significantly increase the rates of fatigue damage in bridge superstructures. The NZ Transport Agency's Bridge Manual has relied on British and Australian standards for fatigue design criteria, and the aim of this...

  • Reference: 550
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41914-6
  • Author: Beca Infrastructure Ltd, Francis and Cambridge Ltd

This study conducted in New Zealand in 2012 investigated the attitudes, prevalence, habits and self-reported risks associated with drug-driving, along with possible countermeasures. Telephone and internet surveys were used for a general population sample. Face-to-face interviews, mainly in prisons, surveyed habitual users of four main drug types: alcohol and other drugs, cannabis,...


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Research Report 550 Transport productivity and sub-industry measures

Published: 24 Jun 2014
  • Reference: 550
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41947-4
  • Author: Coelli Economic Consulting Services, Martin, Jenkins and Associates

This research investigated using four different approaches to measuring the productivity of the sub-industries (ANZSIC three digits) that comprise the New Zealand transport sector. The four approaches investigated were the growth accounting framework, the Tornqvist index, the Malmquist index and the input–output tables-based approach. The unit-record data available from Statistics New...

  • Reference: 548
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41939-9
  • Author: J Raine, A Withill, M Morecock Eddy

The New Zealand Transport Agency selected URS NZ Ltd to conduct a literature review in 2013 to find available cost and benefit information for traveller information systems (TIS) and associated products. The outcome of this literature review will be used as reference material for current traveller information projects and as the basis for future New Zealand TIS projects.

This study...

  • Reference: 549
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41942-9
  • Author: P Kirby, B Wilmshurst, G Koorey

Reducing delay and achieving higher traffic flow rates and a reduction in the frequency and severity of crashes is a key component of New Zealand's long-term success in managing its transport network. The research focused around developing, implementing and measuring safe and robust design principles and techniques to understand economic efficiency and operation on New Zealand's...


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Research Report 542 Ongoing domestic freight volume information study

Published: Mar 2014
  • Reference: 542
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41903-0
  • Author: R Paling, Richard Paling Consulting, Auckland | M King, Murray King and Francis Small Consultancy, Wellington | J Ballantyne and C McBride, Traffic Design Group, Lower Hutt | A Gray, Statistics Research Associates, Wellington

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...


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Research Report 546 Measuring the resilience of transport infrastructure

Published: Feb 2014
  • Reference: 546
  • ISBN: 78-0-478-41915-3
  • Author: JF Hughes and K Healy - AECOM New Zealand Ltd

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.

In the context of transport infrastructure, operators strive to ensure that transport...


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Research Report 543 Pavement design for specialist surfacings

Published: Jan 2014
  • Reference: 543
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41905-4
  • Author: G Arnold, A Stubbs and J Vercoe - Road Science

Leutner shear tests to measure bond strength and flexural beam tests to measure flexibility were conducted on specialist surfacing resins used in New Zealand for coloured and high-friction surfacings. The flexural beam tests found the specialist surfacing resins, except for one, to be very flexible at 5 and 20 degree test temperatures. This flexibility showed that the specialist surfacing resins...


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Research Report 545 - The relationship between crash rates and rutting

Published: Jan 2014
  • Reference: 545
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41916-0
  • Author: PD Cenek, RJ Henderson and M Forbes - Opus Research (previously Opus Central Laboratories) | RB Davies - Statistics Research Associates | A Tait - National Institute of Water and Atmospherics

This report details research carried out in Wellington, New Zealand, over the period 2012-2013. The broad aim was to develop relationships between rut depths and crashes on New Zealand's state highway network.

A literature review suggested that deep ruts could either:

- increase crash rate because of reduced vehicle control, or
- reduce crash rate as drivers...

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