Edition #17 A curated newsletter for transport professionals on current and emerging trends and issues.

What Will a Virtual TRB Annual Meeting Be Like?

Virtual Conference

The 100th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting will be one for the record books, in more ways than one. Perhaps most notably, it will be the first virtual iteration of what has become the largest annual event in transport research, and one of the most well-known events in the transport profession – over 350 sessions covering all aspects. Read more …
Early Bird registration by 30 Nov 2020.

New Best Practice Guide for Safer Road Infrastructure for Local Government roads


The next Guide in ARRB’s Local Government series will focus on Safer Road Infrastructure, specifically to assist Local Government practitioners to integrate the latest available best practice road safety principles and tools when managing their road assets so they meet community obligations while improve travel mobility. ARRB will launch the Best Practice Guide early in 2021.
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Improved guidance on interrupted traffic flow theory – webinar 3 Dec 20


Austroads has recently completed a project to review and propose improvements to the guidance on interrupted traffic flow theory contained within the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management (AGTM), Part 2 and Part 3. This webinar will equip practitioners with the knowledge of the existing topics and emerging best practice in the assessment of simple and complex traffic scenarios in an Australasian context. Webinar 3 Dec 20
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ATAP M1 Public Transport Parameter Values


M1 Public Transport -Supporting Technical Report Parameter Values. The value of in-vehicle time is an important parameter in forecasting demand and project appraisal, enabling travel times to be converted into dollars so as to compare travel time savings with project costs. The values for vehicle quality relate to the provision (or not) of onboard facilities. A rating based approach is used for valuing bus and tram stops, rail stations and ferry wharfs – for public consultation. Read more …

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Curbside Management


In almost every urban area and town in the world, the curb is a scarce resource with many competing needs. Everybody wants a piece of the curb: ride-hail services, buses, trucks, taxis, private shuttles, personal autos, pedestrians, bicyclists, micro-mobility sharing services, delivery services, restaurants, shops, offices, and residences. Read more …

Smart Planning for a Connected and Automated Future

Transport Planning

How will connected and automated vehicles change transport infrastructure needs? Join Kittelson Panel on December 8 to hear new study findings and our panelists’ insights on preparing for a connected future. Webinar …

Deutsche Bahn to introduce hydrogen train by 2024

Rail. Future Technology.

Deutsche Bahn has announced it will launch a hydrogen train and accompanying gas station by 2024, in a system set to save 330 tons of carbon emissions in one year. The German rail company has said it will run a comprehensive year-long trial of the new system, which will replace a diesel engine running in the southwest state of Baden-Württemberg. Read more …

Customer attitudes toward mobility and autonomous cars

Future Vehicles and Technology

Connected Car Data is driving the evolution from private ownership to shared mobility and autonomous driving. Read more …

GM gives ultimatum to Cadillac dealers who don’t want to sell electric cars

Future Vehicles and Technology

GM has said that its Cadillac brand could go all-electric by the end of the decade and it is facing some pushbacks from its dealerships. With the announcement of the acceleration of its electrification plans last week, GM said that Cadillac could become an all-electric brand by 2030 – though management didn’t commit fully to the goal and said it would still depend on the market. Read more …

Availability and Use of Pedestrian Infrastructure Data to Support Active Transportation Planning

Walking. Transport Planning

NCHRP Synthesis 558 documents and summarises current practices for defining, storing, collecting and sharing pedestrian infrastructure data to help agencies tailor the data collection process to build data infrastructure that supports various uses, leading to more consistent and efficient planning and management of pedestrian infrastructure. Read more …

ATAP F1 Goals Objective Update

Transport Planning

The ATAP Guidelines currently publishes guidance on Goals, Objectives, KPIs and Targets in Part F1. Several amendments are now proposed to the current guidance out for public consultation. Read more …

ATAP F3 Options Generation & Assessment Update

Transport Planning

The ATAP Guidelines currently publishes guidance on Options Generation and Assessment. Several amendments are now proposed to the current guidance out for public consultation. Read more …

Loblaw testing autonomous grocery vehicles in bid to conquer supply chain’s ‘middle mile’

Future Vehicles and Technology

Loblaw has partnered with a Silicon Valley tech firm to deploy Canada’s first autonomous delivery fleet for groceries. While drone vehicles won’t soon be delivering bread and milk door to door, the multi-year partnership with Gatik will transport groceries across the “middle mile” between a Loblaw’s picking facility and retail locations across the Greater Toronto Area. Read more …

ATAP PV5 Environmental Parameter Values Updates

Transport Planning

Scoping study: Environmental parameter values based on Australian data and Multi-Modal Environmental Parameter Values Updates for public consultation. Read more …

Prof Phil Charles, Transport Futures Institute