Edition #16 A curated newsletter for transport professionals on current and emerging trends and issues.

ATAP Real Options Assessment

Transport Planning

This new report considers the assessment methodology called real options assessment. It provides a high level overview of real options assessment, and illustrates its use in transport assessment.A real option is the right, but not the obligation, to undertake certain actions in the future to alter a project scope when uncertainty impacts current project scope. The reservation of a future transport corridor is a classic case of a real option. [Read more]

ATAP Cost Benefit Analysis of Transport Regulatory Initiatives


Regulatory Impact Statements (RIS) typically require CBA in which the costs and benefits of proposed regulatory initiatives are as far as practical, quantified and compared. This report provides guidance on the use of cost-benefit analysis in assessing transport regulatory initiatives and complements ATAP T2 Cost – Benefit Analysis. [Read more]

Japan begins tests of driverless bullet train

Transit. Rail

Japan’s rail operators have announced plans to test driverless bullet trains as early as 2021. The move to automate the nation’s famed high-speed trains aims to reduce human error and boost safety, while also countering a predicted labour shortage as the population rapidly ages. [Read more]

Autonomous Road Vehicles and Law Enforcement


Autonomous vehicles (AVs) promise many benefits, but questions remain about how law enforcement (LE) officers will interact with them. Officers likely will encounter new challenges related to technology, procedures, and constitutional authorities. [Read more]

How to effectively measure safety of automated vehicles


Establishing whether automated vehicles (AVs) are acceptably safe is not straightforward, and continual technology modification adds complication. Different approaches to assessing AV safety—measurement, process, and thresholds—complement each other, with no one best approach. [Read more]

A Transit Agenda for the COVID-19 Emergency


Transit will face stiff headwinds as the U.S. endures the COVID-19 pandemic and, in time, emerges from it. If policy makers do not rise to meet these challenges, urban transportation systems — and the cities they support — will break down. [Read more]

Mini Urbanaut concept hints at how its cars could look in a decade

Future Vehicles and Technology

Mini has showcased a new electric and self-driving compact car that at the push of a button can transform into a ‘living room on wheels’ – and it could be on the road within a decade, which will be just in time for when the ban on new petrol and diesel cars is expected to be imposed in Britain. Watch video. [Read more]

TRB Jan 2021 Annual Meeting Online Program available

Professional Development

The Online Program for the 100th TRB Annual Meeting is now available. This helpful online tool enables you to navigate through more than 3,000 presentations in over 350 transportation-related sessions at the meeting, which is being held virtually in January 2021. The Online Program contains the full schedule of lectern sessions, poster sessions, workshops, and committee meetings. It includes titles, dates, times, presenters, and other useful information. It also allows you to filter the results for specific subjects, days of the week, and event types. [Read more]

Innovation and Best Practice in Performance Measurement and Transport Outcomes

Transport Planning

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] Webinar 25 Feb 2021 [Register]

Improved guidance on pedestrian planning and design


Austroads has released a report which provides up-to-date guidance on pedestrian planning and design in line with national and international best practice. A series of webinars will be held in Feb 2021. [Read more]

5 Ways to Make Cities More Walkable


Creating walkable cities goes far beyond the design of a single corridor — it’s where transportation planning, engineering, architecture, and urban design come together to form a safe, memorable, and equitable environment. There are five approaches. [Read more]

Smart Planning for a Connected Vehicle Future

Transport Planning

How will connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) impact capacity and change transportation infrastructure needs? Important questions still face agency planners, but study results are now available to help planners account for capacity impacts of CAVs on freeways and arterials in 2045 and 2050 long-range transportation plans. Webinar 8 Dec 2020 [Details]

TRB Forum on Preparing for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility Services

Future Vehicles and Technology

The objective of the Forum is to bring together public, private, and research organisational partners to share perspectives on the critical issues surrounding the deployment of automated vehicles and shared mobility. The Forum has posted a series of nine white papers, each of which summarises the research that has been completed to date in individual priority areas. [Read more]

Racier-looking 2021 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car is ready

Future Vehicles and Technology

Toyota released details for its second-generation Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, slated for first U.S. deliveries in December 2020. The 2021 Mirai includes some dramatic changes versus the first-generation Mirai that was offered through the 2020 model year—in appearance, and in the entire layout of the vehicle, as the rear-wheel-drive sport-sedan proportions hint. [Read more]

Arrival becomes latest electric vehicle startup to test the public markets

Future Vehicles and Technology

Arrival, the UK-based company, which operated in relative secrecy for several years until January when it announced a $110 million investment from Hyundai and Kia. Arrival says its modular electric “skateboard” platform, which can be used on a range of different vehicle types, including an electric bus and electric van, the plan is to have four vehicles in the market by 2023. [Read more]

Leveraging transport disruption to influence change

Travel Behaviour

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensely disrupted many aspects of travel patterns and behaviours.The aim of the review was to identify the value of leveraging transport policy change from a disruption and to understand potential approaches. NZTA 672 [Read more]

Effectiveness and Implementation of Raised Safety Platforms


This report provides clarity around the design and operation of raised safety platforms and deepen understanding of leading international practice across a range of applications and performance dimensions. [Read more]

Best Practice Approaches to Road Freight and Communities – Webinar

Transport Planning. Freight

Austroads commissioned project ‘Best Practice Approaches to Road Freight and Communities’ developed guidelines for best practice strategies and supporting materials for road planners to communicate the importance of road freight. This was undertaken within the concept of a ‘social licence to operate’ which refers to the fostering and maintenance of community and stakeholder support for projects and operations. [Read more] Free webinar on Thursday 26 November 2020 [Register]

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Project Management. Business Cases

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Decision Making

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Prof Phil Charles, Transport Futures Institute