Your Transport News 15 Nov 2020

Edition #15 A curated newsletter for transport professionals on current and emerging trends and issues.

Bentley Electric Roadmap Revealed

Future vehicles and technology

The new luxury is green, and while the leather and wood may be familiar, Bentley is preparing for some huge electrification changes underneath. Right now, the British automaker may be the world’s largest producer of vast, twelve-cylinder engines for cars like the Flying Spur W12, but in less than ten years time they’ll all be retired as part of a rapid switch to embrace first hybrids and then pure-electric drivetrains. [Read more]

Cybersecurity Expands Into All Realms of Transportation

Transport security

Today’s transportation systems are increasingly integrated cyber and physical systems. Rail crossing and other traffic signals are automated. Other systems monitor bridge and tunnel traffic and structural integrity. [Read more]

Performance-Based Management of Traffic Signals


Management of traffic signal systems is a critical function for every transportation agency. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is now possible to collect large amounts of data at signalised intersections, leading to the development of dozens of performance measures. NCHRP Pre-publication draft. [Read more]

Future Transport and Mobility Environment

Mobility. Future Vehicles & Technology

The development of technology and mobile communications has changed our lives significantly. The unprecedented changes that are occurring to our everyday lives due to the global COVID-19 pandemic only serves to further bring forward the possibility of these changes. These changes have provided an opportunity to capture the current paradigm and plan for the emerging future transport and mobility environment. [Read more]

Incorporating the Costs and Benefits of Adaptation Measures in Preparation for Extreme Weather


Extreme weather events and a changing climate increasingly boost costs to transportation agencies and to the traveling public. While transport agencies are taking into account changing climate and extreme weather when making infrastructure decisions, they typically are not using a formal set of tools or cost-benefit analyses to address climate resilience because they may be too time-consuming and expensive to conduct routinely. [Read more]

Innovation and Best Practice in Performance Measurement and Transport Outcomes

Transport Planning

A new Austroads report documents consistent and commonly agreed practices in performance reporting, data management and performance indicators including a set of revised NPI’s. The recommendations and findings of the report are reflective of best practice, aligned to current and emerging state based needs, and considerate of the practicalities of data collation, management and processing.[Read more]

Evaluating the Suitability of Roadway Corridors for Use by Monarch Butterflies

Quirky research

Roadsides provide promising monarch habitat as they frequently contain nectar and host plants; however, they also present a range of risks, including pesticide spillover, vehicle collisions, contaminant runoff, and non-native vegetation. [Read more]

New guide addresses truck safety concern


How do we keep people safe around trucks? In a truck crash involving a pedestrian or cyclist, it’s no surprise who comes off second best. Recognising the gap in consistent safety advice relevant to the construction logistics sector, ARRB has published a draft guide for government and industry, Construction Logistics and Community Safety – a practical guide. [Read more]

Paris to get rid of 70,000 parking spaces


Paris is to remove around half of its 140,000 car parking spaces under a scheme by Socialist party mayor Anne Hidalgo to make the city more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly. [Read more]

Pedestrian Levels of Service


There is currently a gap in terms of robust national models and tools that provide customer levels of service information regarding the ‘walkability’ of our pedestrian networks. Decision makers need better information from the perspective of people as pedestrians or public transport users.
The priority factors for a positive pedestrian experience are the need to relax, and there are two overarching factors that contribute to a positive pedestrian environment and a relaxing experience – safety and amenity. NZTA Research Note. [Read more]

Virgin Hyperloop blasts first human passengers around test track

Future Vehicles and Technology

Virgin Hyperloop, one of many companies tackling Elon Musk’s open-source idea for sustainable, high-speed travel, has made history. On Nov 9 it boarded the first human passengers to ride in a Hyperloop pod at one of its test tracks as the firm works towards a fully functioning system of Hyperloops for the future. [Read more]

Hyperloop achieves 1,000km/h speed in Korea

Future Vehicles and Technology

A hyperloop prototype in South Korea has reached speeds over 1,000km/h, just days after a rival system performed the first successful passenger test using the technology. The Korean Railroad Research Institute (Korail) announced on Wednesday that a “hyper-tube train” travelling through a vacuum hit a top speed of 1,019km/h (633mph). [Read more]

Honda Launching World’s First Production Car With ‘Eyes-Off’ Self-Driving Tech

Future Vehicles and Technology

Honda has received regulatory approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) to begin selling vehicles equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving, the automaker announced by mid-2021. [Read more]

Seoul bids to cut congestion with futuristic ‘drone taxis’

Future Vehicles and Technology

It is part of government plans to have a traffic management system in place to support the aerial taxis, possibly as early as 2025. Jang Young-ki, deputy director of South Korea’s transport ministry drone division, said they would help solve congestion in cities like Seoul. [Read more]

ATAP Risk and Uncertainty

Transport Planning

A new report provides guidance on consideration of risk and uncertainty in transport planning and assessment for use by ATAP practitioners. Consideration of risk and uncertainty of outcomes and events is a central part of transport planning and assessment and subsequent decision–making. [Read more]

ATAP Alternative Options for Large Capital Investments


This report provides guidance on the assessment of alternative options to large capital investments in transport, with a focus on using cost-benefit analysis appraisal. Alternative options make better use of existing infrastructure and avoid the need for large-scale capital expenditures. [Read more]

Tax Increment Financing for Transit Projects

Finance. Transit

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a public financing method that some US local governments and transport agencies use to capture a portion of additional property (or sales) tax revenues that result when public investments cause property values (or total sales revenues) to increase. TIF is an increasingly important source of funds for transport projects, and it has the potential to be a key part of project financing. [Read more]

Demand for truck-only toll lanes in California

Toll Roads. Freight

This study evaluates the demand for truck-only toll lanes on Southern California freeways with owner–operator truck drivers. The results showed that 75% of the owner– operator truck drivers responded are willing to pay toll fees for truck-only toll lanes which provide improved time, reliability, and safety. [Read more]

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Project Management. Business Cases

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Decision Making

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Prof Phil Charles, Transport Futures Institute