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Research Report 346 The effectiveness of incident management on network reliability

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This report summarises preliminary research undertaken in New Zealand during 2006–2007 to investigate the ability of intelligent transport system (ITS) treatments, such as adaptive signal control (eg, SCATS) and variable message signs (VMS), to detect and respond to serious traffic incidents, and to determine the most appropriate traffic management strategies (in terms of overall network reliability) to apply when such incidents are detected. The study involved a literature review of techniques and software/systems currently used to manage traffic congestion and respond to incidents, and an exploratory microsimulation study modelling incident detection and response in an urban network. The research found few attempts to bring together research in the three areas of incident detection/management, ITS methods such as adaptive signal control, and network reliability measures. There is also a lack of robust incident detection available at present in New Zealand.

Research Report 537 Improving the cost-benefit analysis of integrated PT, walking and cycling

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

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

Research Report 572 Detailed customer requirements of travel information services, and the effectiveness of current channels

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audiences: General, Road controlling authorities, Road traffic engineers & consultants

The purpose of this report was to build on Transport Agency research report 540 ‘Customers’ requirements of multimodal travel information systems’ to provide practical market and customer research on the delivery methods that customers would prefer and to identify which would have the greatest impact on improving the quality of customers’ travel experiences.

Research Report 486 Travel adaptive capacity assessment for particular geographic, demographic and activity cohorts

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

Transport infrastructure and network planning must now consider oil shocks and future demand growth for more energy efficient transport modes. However, data and models for this type of fuel reduction planning are not available. Travel adaptive capacity is proposed as a measure of the resilience of travel demand to a reduction in fuel use for personal vehicle trips while not reducing participation in activities. Travel adaptive potential characterises the ways that populations can change modes to reduce fuel use without reducing participation in activities. The travel adaptive capacity assessment (TACA) survey can capture the data needed to assess adaptive capacity and the preferred mode alternatives. The survey asks for the essentiality of each trip and the alternative travel modes currently available. TACA surveys were carried out in Christchurch, Oamaru and Dunedin. Over 550 participants completed the survey in 2008–10.

Research Report 317 ITS environmental monitoring and forecasting: international trends and experiences

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

The purpose of this project was to review the use overseas of environmental monitoring and forecasting systems as a component of wider-integrated ITS facilities, in particular those linked to transport and traffic management, and to consider their potential for New Zealand. It also aimed to provide direction from overseas best practice on the use of these systems to monitor, forecast and manage the adverse environmental effects of New Zealand traffic. Through evaluation of these systems this research intended to highlight the benefits that could be achieved through an improved ability to plan and manage traffic on the basis of accurate and reliable environmental data. It also planned to provide better information on the adverse effects of traffic on the environment, especially through air and noise pollution, leading to better targeted mitigation strategies (short and longer term).

Research Report 559 - Identify the uses of emerging sources of digital data to assess the efficiency of the state highway network

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

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.

Research report 494 Supply chain innovation: New Zealand logistics and innovation

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This research was undertaken in New Zealand and Australia during 2012, to identify opportunities for, and barriers to, innovation in the freight and logistics component of selected export supply chains. The research was undertaken in two phases, the first a desktop review of similar studies completed in New Zealand and overseas. Three export sectors were then chosen for more in-depth analysis (namely forestry, meat and wine). The second phase of the research incorporated a number of face-to-face discussions with a sample group of sector participants and industry peak bodies.

Research Report 320 Impact of urban form and other characteristics on the implementation of urban road pricing

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

The purpose of this research report was to review the use of congestion charging schemes in relation to the urban form of a selection of international cities. The study concentrated on Singapore, London, Stockholm and Rome and drew comparisons to the New Zealand environment, particularly Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, and Christchurch. Through the evaluation of the international systems, this research intended to highlight the benefits and characteristics that could be used to manage the increasing congestion, and provide better travel demand management solutions in New Zealand. In particular, the research benchmarked the technology used in relation to the travel patterns, geography and urban form.

Research Report 570 Travel time saving assessment

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This research report covers the following aspects (from New Zealand and international perspectives) relating to the valuation of travel time savings for use in the economic appraisal of transport initiatives:

Research Report 567 Performance indicators and measures for the place function of state highways and arterial roads in urban contexts

Published: | Category: Integrated land use and transport systems , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: Road traffic engineers & consultants

Roads have a link function based on movement, and a place function based on being a destination in their own right. The transport industry has effective and reliable measures of link function, but place function has an unclear definition and no reliable or consistent means of assessment.
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