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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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Crash data for All New Zealand 2000 onwards

Published: Mar 2014
  • Author: NZ Transport Agency

Below are links to .csv files exported from the Transport Agency's Crash Analysis System (CAS) which are suitable for import into MS Excel.

These files contain injury and non-injury crash information and are split into local body areas. Each crash also has a geographic co-ordinate for import into geospatial systems.

For the current year we will provide quarterly...

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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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Improving the cost-benefit analysis of integrated PT, walking and cycling

Published: Dec 2013
  • Reference: 537
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40787-7
  • Author: M Wedderburn, Sinclair Knight Merz | Colin Buchanan, Wellington

This research project developed an evaluation framework for estimating the cost-benefit analysis of integrating PT with walking and cycling.

The research was based on a review of the available international evidence of public transport access and egress behaviour. Where evidence was available, analysis of trip chains from the New Zealand Household Travel Survey highlighted patterns of...

  • Reference: 540
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41901-6
  • Author: J Chang, C Morahan Opus International Consultants, Christchurch | G Rive, Dr J Thomas Opus Research, Lower Hutt | C Crooks Opus International Consultants, Wellington

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...

  • Reference: 541
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41902-3
  • Author: Samuel G Charlton and Nicola J Starkey - University of Waikato

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. An experimental test was conducted with 61 participants assigned to one of two alcohol dose conditions or a placebo control group. Comparison of alcohol doses showed that a BAC of 0.08% produced a level of impairment...

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Accurate and affordable location technology for New Zealand

Published: Nov 2013
  • Reference: 535
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40784-6
  • Author: D Barnston, R Brill, A Harding, NJ Jamieson, M Ladd, N Stillwell - Opus International Consultants

A potential gap between available location technology and its use on the ground was identified in the New Zealand land transport sector. This research sought to bridge that gap and support the NZ Transport Agency's ('Transport Agency') goal to increase the use of appropriate location technology by its key providers. Consultation with these was undertaken to understand the...

  • Reference: 539
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40789-1
  • Author: G Taplin, AECOM, Melbourne, M Deery, AECOM, Sydney, T van Geldermalsen, Melbourne, J Gilbert, AECOM, Auckland, R Grace, AECOM, Melbourne

This research report proposes a new vehicle loading standard for the design and evaluation of road bridges and other highway infrastructure in New Zealand. It is based upon a literature review of current traffic loading and bridge evaluation specifications in New Zealand and overseas, as well as a review of studies into the economic aspects of bridge design loadings and the economic ...

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Crash analysis reports

Published: 07 Oct 2013
  • Author: NZ Transport Agency

As part of the NZTA’s commitment to the government’s Safer Journeys Strategy, we provide a range of crash analysis reports. These reports provide information at a variety of levels (national, regional and territorial authority) and across a number of key road safety themes.

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Research Report 534 Drivers of demand for transport

Published: Oct 2013
  • Reference: 534
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40783-9
  • Author: Aleksandra Simic and Robert Bartels - Frontier Economics, Australia

Frontier Economics (Frontier) was engaged by the New Zealand Transport Agency (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...

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Research Report 538 Reliability and freight literature and practice review

Published: Oct 2013
  • Reference: 538
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40788-4
  • Author: Carolyn OFallon - Pinnacle Research, Dr Alan Nicholson - University of Canterbury, Ian Bone - Beca Limited, Ian Wallis - Ian Wallis Associates

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.

Austroads has recently reviewed the question of including reliability into project economic appraisal but has ...

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Research Report 536 Optimising expenditure on roadside safety barriers

Published: Oct 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40786-0
  • Author: NJ Jamieson, Opus International Consultants | Dr S Richardson, Delta-V Experts, Victoria

This research, which was carried out in New Zealand in 2013, used computer simulation modelling to identify whether it is better to rectify or replace existing roadside crash barriers that are of substandard height or are corroded, or to install new roadside crash barriers at locations with significant hazards where there are currently no barriers. This information would assist road...

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Research Report 533 Economic appraisal of public transport service enhancements

Published: Oct 2013
  • Reference: 533
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40781-5
  • Author: I Wallis and A Lawrence - Ian Wallis Associates Ltd and N Douglas - Douglas Economics

This research project was undertaken to provide guidance on appropriate methods and benefits parameters to use in the economic appraisal of public transport proposals (in particular service enhancements) in New Zealand.

The research involved two focus areas and a case study. The first focus area included an international review of economic and project appraisal approaches and...

  • Author: Dr J Thomas, K Mora, B Frith, G Rive Opus Central Laboratories, Wellington, Dr S Jamson, Prof. O Carsten, Dr F Lai University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds, G Waibl, R Batt, J England MWH New Zealand, Wellington

Excessive and inappropriate speed on our roads is a significant issue in New Zealand, and loss-of-control crashes, on rural curves in particular, are a key crash contributor. This research investigated the deployment of an advisory Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) system in New Zealand.

The predicted crash-reduction benefits of two ISA variants were determined following real-world...

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Research Report 520 - National long-term land transport demand model

Published: Sep 2013
  • Reference: 520
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40730-3
  • Author: J Stephenson and L Zheng - NZIER

This report describes a National Long-term Land Transport Demand Model (NLTDM) for evaluating transport demand scenarios looking out 30 years and taking account of mega-trends in: population growth dynamics; spatial demographic trends; technology trends; income and economic growth; industrial composition; and policy.

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Research Report 525 Steel-concrete composite bridge design guide

Published: Sep 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40769-3
  • Author: HERA | SCI | AECOM

This report provides guidance on the design of steel-concrete composite bridges, which consist of steel girders and reinforced concrete slabs on top. Two common forms are considered: multi-girder and ladder deck bridges. Guidance is given on the general considerations for the preliminary and detailed design process, in addition to guidance on the verification of structural adequacy in...

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Research Report 487 - Experience with the development of off-peak bus services

Published: Sep 2013
  • Reference: 487
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-39449-8
  • Author: Ian Wallis Associates Ltd, Wellington

This research was undertaken in 2010–2011 to appraise evidence from three New Zealand cities (Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton) and four Australian cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth) on the market impacts of improvements in urban bus services at off-peak periods. The primary focus was on the estimation of patronage changes and the corresponding demand elasticities in response to...

  • Reference: 531
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-40778-5
  • Author: G Currie, R Scott and K Tivendale - Booz

This report reviews research literature and published evidence regarding the value for money of urban public transport enhancements. The improvements most likely to be of value are peak period fare increases (which increase revenue but cause a decline in patronage), bus priority measures, rationalising peak network and service design (reducing vehicle and crew requirements) and bus route (and...

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