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Transport Strategy and Planning: Moving People
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Smart growth aims to improve the quality of life in communities, with a strong sustainability emphasis, aiming to conserve energy and protect environmental quality. A key smart growth theme is efficiency – reducing the socio-economic cost per-capita of infrastructure and services. This requires transport and planning professionals to plan future land use patterns which … Read more
Value capture funding allows a government to raise additional revenue by identifying the real beneficiaries of an investment, and enforcing a mechanism which recoups some that value to the government investor. For transport investments, some of the primary benefits occur for lands in the project catchment. Benefits include the improved accessibility conferred on a site, … Read more
Moving people has often been considered from a mode perspective – by road or rail – rather than taking a whole of transport approach, ie integrated transport. Now with increasing travel demand and resource constraints it is more critical that proper consideration is given to the factors that ensure integration success. A recent report published … Read more
Todd Litman of the Canadian Victoria Transport Policy Institute, in a recent paper (December 2012) describes his view of the basic principles of transport planning. The paper describes ‘conventional’ transport planning, with a focus on motor vehicle traffic conditions and the ‘newer’ methods for multi-modal planning and evaluation. This may be the case for North … Read more
The six best practice essentials for success Transport planners are facing the competing demands of delivering better mobility vs tightening budgets. How can we as transport professionals meet these challenges? The key is to employ best practice integrated transport planning. This entails using a systematic, sustained and accountable framework, that clearly addresses community (customer) needs. So … Read more
Solving complex policy issues, such as improving travel time reliability, are challenges facing transport professionals. Problem analysis, however, is not a common skill among transport professionals. Transport Problems are Complex Transport problems are complex and dynamic, making them difficult to comprehend fully. They usually don’t have a simple solution, and dealing with them may require … Read more
Imagine trying to drive a car where your entire view was a giant rear-view mirror. You have a great view of everything behind you, but you cant see a thing in traffic ahead. What are the odds you will get where you are going? Now while that may sound a little foolish, surprisingly it’s the … Read more
In 2005, Professor Bent Flyvbjerg identified two main causes of misinformation in policy and management: strategic misrepresentation (lying) and optimism bias (appraisal optimism). Strategic misrepresentation is the planned, systematic distortion or misstatement of fact—or lying—in response to incentives in the budget process. Optimism bias or appraisal optimism is the demonstrated systematic tendency for people to … Read more
The demand for transport is a derived demand, an economic term, which refers to demand for one good or service in one sector occurring as a result of demand from another. Users of transport are primarily consuming the service not because of its direct benefits, but because they wish to access other services. Transport demand … Read more