How to establish a results focus in addressing transport challenges.

Addressing Transport Challenges – Part 1 Strategy

There are 5 steps in addressing transport challenges – I use the acronym S.A.I.D.D. (SAID and Done):

  1. S: Strategy. Describe the specific challenges, the desired results, and who you need to work with.
  2. A: Analysis. Identify the specific problem(s) being faced, the cause and effect.
  3. I: Instruments (or Interventions). Choosing from the range of solution options available.
  4. D: Decisions. Build the case for the investment in the preferred solution.
  5. D: Delivery.Provide a systematic approach to implementing transport policy.

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Challenges in managing transport projects

There is increasing pressure by governments and the community for well planned and delivered transport projects that meet the agreed time, cost and quality requirements.

Infrastructure Australia in their 2013 National Infrastructure Plan [1]
outlined a number of major challenges facing transport, and in particular the need to improve project management.

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Why is traffic congestion a problem?

Problems associated with the predicted levels of future traffic congestion and their proposed solutions have been extensively debated.

Political parties at State and Local levels, be they in government or in opposition, have laid out their ‘fix it’ proposals. So too have other interested groups such as the motorist associations.

Most transport professionals can agree on what is needed. We need to achieve long-term outcomes in terms of economically efficient and safe transport networks, which will provide access and mobility, equitably and which will cause minimum damage to the environment.

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