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South Australia is in state government election mode and it is interesting to see the proposed transport initiatives being rolled out by the various political parties. At election times, it is not unusual for the community to be presented with “left-field” initiatives to attract votes and are rightly viewed with some cynicism. The current (Labor) government has in the last few days committed to extend the tram network in Adelaide – past Adelaide Oval to North Adelaide and, also to the trendy Norwood. This is not surprising – trams are in vogue with new tram routes under various stages of development in Sydney, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Canberra. More importantly though, the re-introduction after 60 years of trams to the Adelaide public transport network has been an integral part of the state’s Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan and the rejuvenation of the public transport system. If implemented, it will be interesting to see the rejuvenation of land use along these corridors over time. The announcement follows the recent extension of the tram in the CBD along North Terrace to the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site (although acknowledged more in the media for the right turn it didn’t provide than the improved accessibility that it did!). I had a very good view from WSP’s first floor office of the major upgrade of the King William Street – North Terrace intersection which was closed to all traffic for a period of two weeks. The traffic disruption was temporarily annoying – but nothing for a seasoned eastern-suburbs resident who is for the umpteenth time experiencing the arterial road closures currently in place in readiness for the Clipsal 500!!

AITPM strives to show leadership in the industry and we do this in many ways. Maintaining relevance to the industry is a constant challenge for our Institute so I am pleased to (finally) announce the call for applications for the inaugural research grant in the name of Ted Huxtable – the first life member of the Institute. The grant represents an exciting opportunity for research into emerging areas of interest to the traffic and transport industry in Australia or overseas and I encourage all eligible young professionals to seriously consider making an application. AITPM’s national council is keen to work with applicants in forming their applications to ensure successful outcomes and justification to make the grant a regular feature of our awards program. Details of the grant are presented later in this newsletter. In memory of Ted, we have reproduced a biography presented in our October 2014 newsletter issue.

On a less exciting but equally important note, the Institute is making progress in the transition to becoming a company limited by guarantee. Recently, the NSW Fair Trading approved the application for the transfer of Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Incorporated to a company limited by guarantee.  We are now in the process of preparing an application to ASIC to register the new company. We are hopeful that all the necessary documentation and processes will be completed in time for us to introduce the new constitution (approved by members last year) and pave the way for the formal creation of Board of Directors prior to the Annual General Meeting in Perth in July. Final preparations for the transition will be part of the agenda for National Councils’ meeting in March and will include formulation of the by-laws to complement the constitution and Directors Training for national council members.

At the National Council meeting in March, we will be formulating the budget for 2018/19. The budget will make provisions for funds to support our program of key initiatives for the coming year. This will include ongoing commitments to established activities and the introduction of new ones (including an overhaul of our information systems and reporting and establishment of a professional development program) consistent with our Strategic Directions (now available on the website).

The National Conference is nearing and I can feel the excitement building in the west. We have a long history of offering to the industry a professionally organised event with quality speakers and every year the (volunteer) conference committee raises the bar to provide something different and exciting. There is no exception this year with convenor Zoe Wilks and her team putting their own mark on the tried and tested formula. I encourage you to register now to take advantage of the early bird rates and follow the conference updates on the website and later in this newsletter.

Andrew Leedham
National President
Buzz words about a dream world or real solutions for the community

At the NSW AITPM breakfast meeting in February 2018 (supported by platinum sponsor WSP), Michael Stokoe, Associate Director Freight and Servicing Sydney Coordination Office, Transport for NSW spoke of his frustration at striving to get good freight services in the CBD when he is met with the constant use of the expression “Don’t worry we will have Managed Freight dock arrangements”. “Managed Arrangements” cannot overcome insufficient capacity and poor design.  

Now we see a perceptive article titled “Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'”, in the respected journal: The Atlantic.  In part it says:
“The digital techniques that smart-city fans adore are flimsy and flashy—and some are even actively pernicious—but they absolutely will be used in cities….. the cities of the future won’t be “smart,” or well-engineered, cleverly designed, just, clean, fair, green, sustainable, safe, healthy, affordable, or resilient. They won’t have any particularly higher ethical values of liberty, equality, or fraternity, either. The future smart city will be the internet, the mobile cloud, and a lot of weird paste-on gadgetry, deployed by City Hall, mostly for the sake of making towns more attractive to capital”.

The sub title of the article was a brilliant comment that encapsulates the issue:  

“Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient”

Further, I attended a UNSW forum the other day ‘Are engineers ready? Because the disruptive future is already here!’ run by their engineering faculty.  It was constructive and had presentations from a number of people including Dr Robert Care, AM – Care Collaborative Pty Ltd who spoke at an AITPM seminar in Canberra about a year ago.  As always, his presentation was a positive call to make sure we are working in a constructive environment that values good relationships.

In the first session, the issue of collaborating with non-engineers was emphasised as was the commercial success of some recent projects.  The reward from bringing about improvements in the community was touched on in a number of the presentations.  Along that line, I asked if we were measuring the community benefit enough or were we relying too much on just the immediate financial implications.

After the event a number of people said that this was a good direction to look at but the answer to my question, from several panellists, was nothing but “buzz words”.  I am not condemning them; it is a hard subject.  In the interview I did recently with Sam Linke, the Vice President of ITE (Aust and NZ) and one of the young, dynamic professionals coming up through the ranks, it was recognised that how we interact with planners and others has to be very specific.  It can't be warm and fuzzy. It can't be 'Oh yes that's very nice but really we've got to move traffic'. It's got to be an interaction that produces interactive results.   We cover the interview in more detail later in this newsletter.

Do as I say not as I do

When I submitted my paper for review for the Engineers NZ conference (formerly IPENZ) on 21-23 March 2018, the reviewer made an incredibly perceptive comment that pointed out that I had not taken my own advice.  

The paper is titled “Road safety – Education or engagement?”.  It reviews the authoritarian approach of early road safety campaigns and outlines an alternative approach which is not just about making better one-off messages. It embraces an ‘active listening’ and an on-going approach that accepts that people must discover and own their solutions.

The reviewer, who does not seek publicity but agreed that I could mention her name, was Ann Fosberry from NZ.  She totally supported the direction, but she pointed out that while I was calling for an approach that is not “top down” and not in the communication style of “Adult-to-children” or “Lecturer-to-student”, this was the very style in which I had written the paper!

It didn’t take much to change away from “Here is an issue and here is the solution” to “Here is an issue and what do you think should be the way we move to constructive solutions?”.  I have kept a few suggestions but the overall tone is clearly that I don’t have the precise answer for every situation (which was never my intent).

We have seen politicians condemn the peer review process because it didn’t suit their politics, but we should hold to the value of having to bounce our ideas off other informed and helpful people, rather than just rely on the ideas we have developed in isolation.  I have listed Ann in the acknowledgements in the paper. 

It’s the little things that count

While on the topic of papers at conferences, I was really interested in the presentation from Marg Prendergast, the Coordinator General from Transport for NSW, at the recent NSW AITPM breakfast meeting. 

Her work is a classic example of a subject that will be covered at the 2018 AITPM National Conference, which will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in the from July 24-27, 2018. After the event we had a chat about a paper I am presenting titled “Autonomous vehicles – The devil is in the details”.
The premise of my paper is :

The advent of autonomous vehicles has produced a wave of predictions (if not fantasies) on how this may lead to a better world in a motoring utopia. 

But the ultimate success of introducing autonomy will depend on policies and infrastructure that must be designed and operated with traffic engineering skill.  This includes the important trend of considering the “whole-of-Journey” not just the part where you are moving by way of a mechanical device.

Without this input and application, we could end up with many unintended consequences and an even more inefficient system.

Marg and her team are doing some great work, initially in facilitating the integration of the new light rail system in Sydney into the CBD.  This role has expanded into achieving a much greater interaction in many aspects of transport and land use in Sydney.  She has produced many great examples of how it is the detailed implementation that makes it all work.  Transport ideologies are not enough to drive success.
In the near future I will be interviewing Evan Walker who runs the Transport for NSW Smart Innovation Centre,  and will place the audio and transcript on the internet and will include references to her work in the paper. I would also appreciate anyone’s thoughts or ideas on this issue.

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Collaboration – it’s not just about getting funds

A good report from ARUP and the London Transport Museum ‘Rethinking Urban Mobility’ is doing the rounds.  Also, Infrastructure Australia has called for national leadership on cities in their paper ‘Future Cities: Planning for our growing population’.

The role of public/private partnerships is emphasised, but I think we need to make sure that if our politicians run with this we have to avoid, at all costs, the idea that the measure of success from these arrangements is simply more funding.  Private funds will come to the table but governments must not pursue this at any cost.  They must not bend over backways and compromise their role in an effort to encourage this capital input.  We have to ensure community benefit, not just corporate profit.

At the AITPM 2017 National Conference, the representative from Uber was asked if the company was prepared to accept that the government may have to bring about regulations that are not in the best interest of maximising Uber’s profits.  He said they understood this but they requested that the rules were clearly defined, fairly applied and did not change frequently.

There are some positive directions happening in this regard.  Fifteen of the world’s leading transport and technology companies have signed the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, pledging to prioritise people over vehicles, lower emissions, promote equity and encourage data sharing. The companies involved include BlaBlaCar, Citymapper, Didi, Keolis, LimeBike, Lyft, Mobike, Motivate, Ofo, Ola, Scoot Networks, Transit, Uber, Via and Zipcar.

Thinking outside the dots

At the ITE (ANZ) annual dinner at the end of last year, John Reid, from our Platinum Sponsor Austraffic, spoke about the importance of not seeing new technology as just mechanising or robotising what we do at the moment.  We should not assume that technology is just making existing systems speedier and with reduced costs.  New technology is not the answer, it is how we use it that is the critical point.

Citymapper is launching a new service in London called Smart Ride. Omid Ashtari, Citymapper’s president and head of business, told the Guardian: “It’s a bit like a bus because it has stops, it’s a bit like a cab because you book it and it has guaranteed seats, and it’s a bit like a metro because it has a network of roads.”

It is not earth shattering in one sense but it exemplifies an important point.  It is not just automating the private vehicle trip, or doing the same thing as a taxi only with Uber, or having driverless trains or any other of the standard images we have with “revolutionary” transport technology. 

While on the subject of ITE, I have interviewed Sam Linke who was one of the young people who was supported by ITEANZ and Austraffic to travel overseas on a study tour.  She went to the annual world meeting of ITE who are going through an interesting review of their position and their role.  
Powered bike trailer for London deliveries

I have always thought of electric bikes as a way for individual commuter riders to overcome long distances and steep hills.

Now UPS is testing power-assisted delivery trailers pulled by bicycles in a ‘Low Impact City Logistics Project’, which is designed to reduce traffic congestion and emissions.

Super Bowl Car Ads - Speaking the truth, the whole truth..…oh never mind

What are the images that car manufacturers think are important to motivating people to buy and use their products?
Their design and their ideas are expressed in a big way each year at the American Super Bowl.  A 30 second ad will cost you $5million to run in prime time during the game let alone the cost of making the commercial.  

AITPM member Brian Smith, Errol Smith and I conduct a light -hearted review each year of the ads and what they really mean.  A video of our discussion for 2018 with images from the ads is now on-line
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The 2018 National Conference is shaping up to be the biggest we have ever had with more keynote speakers than ever, a new Freight, Ports and Aviation Stream and a fourth day of events added to the program. As well as an exemplary technical program during the days, we have put together a diverse range of networking events that take place at a range of unique venues across the Perth CBD. Please have a look through the 2018 conference program then head over to our "Destination" page when you are ready to book to take advantage of the exclusive packages and rates we have secured for our delegates.

We look forward to welcoming you to the West Coast!


Registrations for the 2018 conference are now open with early bird specials available until the 24th May 2018.

Please note that if you would like to take advantage of one of our exciting tours on Tuesday 24th July, we recommend completing your registration early as places are strictly limited and its first-come-first-served. 


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Sam Linke 

Sam Linke graduated in Civil Engineering and the History and Philosophy of Science in 2010. She is also the Vice President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers in Australia and New Zealand. She recently travelled overseas on an "ITE Australia and New Zealand, Worldwide Learning Opportunities" program supported by Austraffic, the transport survey company. She spoke with our newsletter editor David Brown on her experience. At the time of the interview she was the technical leader of transport modelling at the consulting firm Jacobs. She now works for Aurecon.  Below are a few extracts from the interview.  You can hear or read the transcript of the whole interview at Driven Media.

Challenges for transport engineers.

DB: And I think you had some keynote speakers [at the ITE International Conference that she attended in Toronto] that weren't necessarily just, if I may say, hard core engineers? 

SL: Yeah. So particularly challenging I suppose for a group of transportation engineers and planners and professionals was the closing plenary speaker Brent Toderian [who was a key note speaker at the AITPM 2017 National Conference] and who famously uses the term 'Plangenieer' to try and challenge us to be that we should be planners and engineers and neither and both. So that was a good perspective to try and help us move, perhaps away from the 'team engineers' and to be more a community of transportation professionals, as diverse as we can make it.  

We also had a power lunch session from Professor John Leonard who is an MIT specialist in autonomous vehicles and does a lot of work with the Toyota Research Institute. And so we got a new, a very informed but very engaging perspective on autonomous vehicles and perhaps one that was a little bit more pessimistic than optimistic in terms of the timing, which was probably pretty refreshing for that audience. 

Why join the ITE?

SL: Throughout my career I've been fortunate to spend a little bit of time working overseas and I was in Malaysia for two years from 2013 to 2015 and that was also my transition into the world of transport planning and transport generally and upon my return to Melbourne I joined the ITE mid-2015. 

DB: What was your expectation?  Did you see what it might do for you? 

SL: It's a good question. I think people affiliate themselves with these institutions and organisations for very different reasons.  We have a quite active membership here at Jacobs and people who've been past presidents or otherwise involved.  I attended some events with them and events that were advertised that were of a particular technical interest to me and very quickly I learned that it was a very quick way and a very effective way to build a network here in Melbourne.  For someone who was coming back from overseas that was really attractive, initially, because I was new into a slightly different sector of transport and I really wanted to make connections and learn from people and I thought that this was a really and effective way to do that. 

DB: And get diversity? It's not just within a very small clique. 

SL: Yeah exactly. Obviously, I was in a professional environment and you'll encounter clients and colleagues in the little field that you work in and you try and contribute.  But an organisation like ITE, with quite a broad events calendar and quite a broad membership base, was definitely a way to challenge the thinking and to make sure that I was learning different things and challenging myself. 

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is changing 

DB: The ITE is reviewing where it's at and how it goes about things. Did you get some ideas from that? 

SL: Yeah very much so. It's a very lively discussion.  We've recently voted to change some key elements of our Constitution, globally and are now moving in the direction of being more inclusive and less around a formal definition of transportation engineers and more around transportation professionals. 

With that change naturally comes some nervousness around whether loosening the definition of what is quite an esteemed organisation and that people hold very dearly as their professional affiliation, may lose its meaning if it becomes too broad. So I think they were very healthy discussions. But ultimately after the meeting the proposed amendments which were to essentially change some key terms, away for transport engineers and about transportation professionals, in terms of defining who our members can be, were ultimately voted in. And they've now been implemented so that we're very much moving in the right direction I think. 

But it is important that we don't do that too quickly and that we listen to the people who are nervous about that transition and we make sure that we protect the things that we need to move forward with the right technical rigour. 

DB: Do you think people are nervous because they feel that the acquired wisdom may be lost rather than incorporated? That it has to be integrated?  Is that a word they were particularly focused on? 

SL: Yes I think that's a good summary. I suppose there's nervousness that perhaps the technical disciplinary, rigour and knowledge gets diluted. And I think engineering is quite traditionally a very, a very structured and very logical discipline and the way that we define ourselves as engineers is quite formal and people don't want to lose that because, rightly so, people are very proud of the engineering world and discipline and process. So I think, yes, making sure that things are integrated and probably balanced is important too. 

DB: Another issue.  Is there a concern in ITE that governments are de-skilling a bit? That that they're not keeping that wisdom going? 

SL: That's a good question. I suppose it would be very diverse depending on the sort of the background or the actual location of people that are coming together.  I wouldn't say that that was an emerging theme of the conference but it is certainly something we need to think about and in Brent Toderian's speech he did, very much, talk about the challenges in engaging. He has worked all around the globe with differently skilled people and differently backgrounded government clients. So it was certainly discussed but probably not a key thing. 

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Larissa Miller - Cardno

Before moving to Jakarta, I never would have guessed that the very first thing you need to do after arriving is to download all of the ridesharing apps. It's essential. Ridesharing is the most reliable, safe and convenient way to travel here, which ranks as either the worst or third worst city world-wide for traffic congestion. Jakartans have wholeheartedly embraced ridesharing; not just for car trips, but also for motorcycle taxis (known as Ojeks) and a vast and growing range of spinoff services. 

Before smart phones and apps, finding a driver for a door-to-door trip in this city involved crossing your fingers and hoping there was a taxi nearby, bargaining with a street-side Ojek, or calling the driver you have an established relationship with. But since it took off in 2015, ridesharing has completely upended Jakarta's transport mix. Uber is here, as is Singapore's successful Grab. But Indonesia's unique approach to transport is best reflected in Go-Jek, which started with the ubiquitous Ojeks but has now expanded into much more. Go-Jek, hailed as transforming the Jakarta economy, reflects the Indonesian market best; for example, it doesn't currently accept credit card payment because 95% of Indonesians don't own one. 

The competition is good for customers. If Uber's prices are looking high, you try your luck on Grab. Or if Go-Jek drivers take too long to accept a peak hour booking, maybe an Uber driver will pick you up. Many car drivers also have at least two of the apps running at once to find the best value and right direction customer journey.  

Like many cities, adoption of ridesharing wasn't smooth sailing. Jakarta taxi drivers protested violently, and Go-Jek drivers in branded jackets and helmets were attacked by angry Ojek drivers. But change was rapid; commuters quickly showed their preference to pre-book with a set low-price ride. By November 2016 25 million people had downloaded the Go-Jek app. These days a few Ojek drivers still wait on busy streets for walk-up business, but most lifts are offered through the three apps. 

What makes ridesharing so notable here, is that it does so much more than move people. Go-Jek in particular offers a huge number of additional services.  You can send a small package, move house, order food, buy movie tickets, hire a cleaner and get a home manicure or massage. Need to get a letter or package across town this afternoon? Pick up a cake before the bakery closes? Want to get ready for a big night out but don't have time to leave the house? Go-Jek can make all of this happen. The app is even making steps towards better integration with public transport. You can order your ride to meet you at the train station for the last leg home, and get real-time bus information. And it's not just Go-Jek, Grab is planning a move into a broader payment system. 

The range of transport tasks that can be performed by ridesharing drivers provides flexibility - if they aren't busy ferrying passengers because it's the off-peak, they can deliver packages between offices and run other errands. And after the evening peak they might deliver dinner or massage services. When the same vehicle meets different transport needs across the day it could help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road. But whether ridesharing makes a significant impact on traffic here is still to be seen. Boston Consulting Group's recent study for Uber across East Asian countries claimed that road congestion during peak hours could reduce by 51% in Jakarta in a 'high-adoption, high-pooling' scenario, due to reduced car ownership and people wanting to supplement their income by offering rides. Having lived here for several months now I can't see pooling ever taking off; picking up and dropping off several people would make trip times even longer. Plus not every everyone catching a ride would have been driving a car otherwise.

The obvious question is would these additional services work in Australia? Uber Eats, along with bicycle food delivery services like Foodora, have already made inroads. You can hire a handyperson through AirTasker, so why not order beauty services as well? But is this best provided through a transport services app? Two big differences are the low cost of labour in Indonesia, and Jakarta's urban density (at least 10 times that of Sydney or Melbourne), resulting in shorter travel distances for many trips. Plus the relaxed attitude to lanes here means that motorcycles can snake through the traffic a lot faster than cars. Being stuck in traffic in a high-wage country like Australia could mean these services are too expensive, but it probably depends on the context. Expanding bicycle courier services in city centres with the right infrastructure and a phone app would make sense, while motorised vehicles could work in suburban and regional areas. 

Regardless of which specific service offerings end up resonating with ride sharing in Australia, the flexibility to respond to changing transport demands across a day or week will improve efficiency, and competition between several companies (Taxify is launching now Australia) will hopefully give both customers and drivers options as services evolve. 
Ridesharing motorcycles in traffic
A Go-Jek customer travelling side saddle
The range of Go-Jek services

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Go-Jek lifestyle services


Graeme Pattison

This article is the first in a series reporting on developments in transport related technologies and systems
Another Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and another fantastic autonomous electric vehicle is announced. So what is going on here, hype or a real vision of what is to come? This will be answered below.

The Byton EV car was displayed to the world at CES in January. It has a massive 49 inch by 10 inch dashboard screen and just in case that is not enough there is an 8 inch tablet built in to the steering wheel and two additional screens for rear seat passengers. With electric motors, battery power and built in SAE Level 3 autonomous vehicle functionality it will compete with Tesla and the like. While promising good acceleration, power and distance per charge it is not attempting to outperform the competition. Instead its selling point is smart car connectivity, information accessibility and a giant smart phone style environment. It is appealing to the younger generation with their close alliance to smart phone style apps and social media immersion. Numerous reports show this generation has a declining interest in traditional vehicles so perhaps Byton will have good market appeal.
The company behind Byton is Future Mobility Corporation. Its business model, similar to Apple, is to have manufacturing in China but with top level design and PR in Silicon Valley. It appears to have $240M in financial backing and has sourced employees from both established industry leaders (BMW, Nissan, Apple) and entrepreneurial start-ups.
There are reportedly more than 200 companies in China intending to produce electric vehicles. The background reasons are that China has been fostering EV developments with up to a $15K subsidy for each vehicle and that the usual license plate rationing is less strict than for conventional vehicles. Greenhouse gases and pollution in cities are also strong factors that are to increase in importance under future plans. China has an actual working Made in China industrial strategy for 10 key industries, to Make China Great Again. There are already 171,000 charging stations in China compared to 16,000 in the USA. EV sales in China increased 63% in the last year and there is a target of 5 million vehicles on the roads by 2020.
Setting up a new EV company is easier than one for conventional vehicles. Venture capital is more readily available as EV and AV are seen as a future mass market while traditional vehicles are expected to decline. The old established car companies may not be able to make the transition to vehicles where software and electronics are the main issue. So many new entrants are now scrambling to set up shop, stretch their electronics and IT capabilities and take early market share. Put another way this is an example of a new disruptive technology situation. Byton (like others) does not have to develop everything for their EV AV cars as they committed to using Bosch electric motors and batteries from established suppliers. Computer aided design and robotic manufacturing have greatly reduced the cost of developing new and complex products. The basic vehicle structure can be seen as just a platform for the onboard electronics and control systems. In this regard Byton and others are initially offering SAE level 3 autonomous vehicle functions with the option to upgrade the vehicle to level 4 once the software and certain minor hardware components are proven. The batteries, motors, drive servomechanisms and other mechanical hardware will basically suit any level of automation.
So is this new car hype or the imminent future? Certainly the 49 inch dashboard screen is an attention getter in a crowded market and of questionable safety and usefulness but the reality is that a major disruptive change has commenced. There will be winners while some older companies plus many new start-ups will be losers. There will also be collaboratively developed vehicles where the autonomous equipment is provided by one company and the vehicle mechanical platform provided by another as the skill sets involved are so different. My prediction is that in the global automotive market there will be a decade of  instability before it settles down to a smallish number of manufacturers, all focussed primarily on EV and AV.

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Attention young professionals

AITPM is proud to announce this inaugural research grant in the name of Ted Huxtable. 

Ted Huxtable was AITPM's first life member who passed away in 2014 at the age of 88. Ted was also NRMA's first traffic engineer who was pivotal in guiding the organisation's policies in traffic engineering, transport planning and road safety. Ted was a devoted AITPM member and he bequeathed $10,000 to the Institute on his passing.

The Grant
The purpose of the Ted Huxtable Research Grant is to foster research or investigations into emerging areas of interest to the traffic and transport industry. The desired outcome of these investigations will represent leading edge efficiency, safety and/or sustainability and have clear and direct benefits to the Australian transport system and its users. The research may be conducted in Australia or overseas. 

The research work will be presented by the successful applicant(s) at the AITPM national conference in Adelaide in 2019.

AITPM will make available a total of up to $10,000 in grants to be awarded to one or more successful applicants.


An application may be received from an individual AITPM member or a team of members. Applicants may collaborate with employers and/or industry partners and seek additional financial or in-kind sponsorship or support to leverage the grant. Applicants shall have 1-10 years of relevant practical experience in the transport industry, shall have at least 2 years' membership with AITPM and commit to remain a member for 1 year following the completion of the assignment. 


Applications must state the aim of the research investigations and clearly state the desired/expected outcome and be delivered to the National Administration Officer ( by 30 April 2018. Members considering applying should advise the National Administration Officer as soon as practical so that appropriate guidance can be provided in preparing the formal application.

The applications should state:
  • Name, address and contact details of the applicant(s)
  • Current state of employment and employer
  • Names of associated partners
  • Statement of research objectives and expected outcomes
  • Location(s) where research will be undertaken
  • Why this work is important and how it can benefit Australia
  • A detailed methodology and work plan
  • How it is proposed to collaborate with employers and partners
  • A schedule showing key milestones and completion date
  • Estimate of costs and expenses and level of financial support provided by the applicant/partners together with an indicative cash flow
  • Contact details if working overseas.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with AITPM prior to preparing a submission.

Assessment of applications

Applications will be assessed by a sub-committee nominated by AIPTM national council. Applicants may be required to provide additional information if requested or attend an interview. The decision of national council will be final.

Administration of the grant

The proposed research should be completed within 6 months of award unless a longer period is negotiated with AITPM at the outset. Progress reports shall be submitted on a fortnightly basis together with any relevant documents. The grant will be made available in increments commensurate with the cash flow forecasts provided with the application.  Evidence of expenses incurred shall be provided in support of claims.

A tribute to Ted Huxtable, originally published in November 2014.

E.A (Ted) Huxtable was the NRMA's first traffic engineer. As such he was pivotal in guiding that organisation's policies in traffic engineering, transport planning and road safety.

As he progressed in the organisation so the commitment of resources grew and the NRMA proved to be an important place for people such as Bruce Searles, John Jamieson, Michelle Booth and myself.
I benefited greatly from his thoughtful approach. Not the least of his skills was in grammar and spelling, an area that I was not strong on. At his funeral his granddaughter affectionately referred to him as "head of the grammar police".

Bruce Searles the former Chief Traffic Engineer and Assistant General Manager of Public Affairs at the NRMA worked under Ted for many years. His thoughts on Ted are as follows:

Ted Huxtable could be accredited with contributing to saving many hundreds of lives and much trauma in his relentless quest for safety on our roads during his distinguished career. 

He instigated the "blackspot" program for identifying high crash frequency locations and applying low cost remedial treatments after a crash on the Hume Highway many years ago involving one of the NRMA Directors. He then set up the Traffic and Safety Department at NRMA which pursued blackspots with vigor using information from official Police and RMS crash records and reports from NRMA Members. "Blackspot" programs are now commonplace amongst road and traffic authorities in Australia, often with special allocated funding, and have been proven to be highly cost-effective even apart from the savings in human suffering.

The "blackspot" program also led to a focus on treating areas of high traffic congestion in a similar way.

Earlier Ted was involved in the setting up the school crossing monitor program which is now well embedded in Australia to protect children crossing roads to and from schools, now reinforced by 40km/h school zones. He was also heavily influential in the introduction of child restrain systems and their safety standards.

Ted leant a lot of personal support to the establishment and deliberations of the NSW Staysafe Joint Parliamentary Committee, leading to the highly successful random breath testing program and other measures such strategic and visible enforcement of our road system.

He also contributed to the development of uniform road traffic laws across all Australian States and Territories.

Ted also contributed to regular surveys of the NSW Road system viewing the need for improvements from a user's perspective. These surveys, and the close working relationships he developed with the road and traffic authorities and also the decision makers has contributed to the vast improvements to roads like the Hume Highway and the progressive upgrading of the Pacific Highway.

Many people working in the road safety field may not be aware of Ted's contribution as he was a quiet but influential achiever, not wanting any accolades to be attributed to himself.

Perhaps the best way to sum up Ted was how his son saw his life in traffic engineering. At his Funeral, Paul Huxtable said the following:

He was the public face of the NRMA. We would wait eagerly for the evening news to see our Dad (complete with his CSIRO glasses and wing nut ears) being turned into a TV celebrity.

We were immensely proud of him.

He wrote the Australian Driving Manual. This became a textbook of driver education and has remained in print until today in both Australia and New Zealand. He was a strong believer in driver education in schools and often visited schools implementing the new initiative.

In the last few years, he took us to the annual meetings of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM). We were completely unaware of Dad's role in that organization, until he was publicly and warmly acknowledged and congratulated at one of these functions.

Fred Gennaoui has looked through the minutes of the Institute since 1965 and notes that a provisional group was formed called the Traffic Planning and Control Group.  The objective was to investigate and set a more permanent group. Ted Huxtable was a committee member of the preliminary group.

The Australian Institute of Traffic Technology was formalised in 1966 and Ted was our first Secretary.
AITPM are pleased to announce the winner of the AITPM - 2018 New Zealand Study Tour Award is Tabitha Yeoh of Jacobs Group (Australia), Melbourne office.  

This year AITPM again attracted a strong field of nominations for the award.  The nomination panel was impressed with the quality of all submissions and the selection of the winner was a close call with only a few points separating the top submissions.  We would like to thank all of those who nominated for this year's award and for the obvious efforts that were put into the submissions.

As winner of this award, Tabitha wins a complimentary registration to the IPENZ Transportation Group Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand in March, including airfares, accommodation and incidentals.  

Tabitha has started arranging meetings with key transportation officials while she is in Queenstown so that she can gain as much as possible while she is there and to further strengthen the relationship between AITPM and IPENZ. 

The IPENZ Transportation Group annual conference is New Zealand's premier forum for the traffic engineering, road safety and transportation planning community. It is intended to stimulate debate and collaboration amongst peers. Around 200 professionals attend the annual event, which has been running for more than 40 years.
Tabitha's submission demonstrated a good understanding of the upcoming IPENZ conference and how it related to her work.  AITPM were particularly impressed with Tabitha's thoughts regarding the further contribution that she can make to the relationship between IPENZ and AITPM.  

Tabitha's application for this award will be available on the AITPM website and I encourage interested members to review her application and encourage all interested members to nominate for next year's New Zealand Study Tour Award and for our other awards.

Congratulations again to Tabitha and thanks to all the other nominees.  
Tabitha Yeoh, Graduate Transport Planner, Infrastructure & Environment
Transport professionals are invited to express their interest in mentoring engineering students through a program offered jointly by Transport Engineers at Monash and ITE-ANZ.

The Mentoring Program aims to connect students with established industry professionals to motivate, empower and encourage the next generation of professionals entering the transport industry.

The TEM mentoring program gives mentors the opportunity to:
  • Transfer skills and contribute to the development of future transportation professionals
  • Improve management, leadership and communication skills
  • Expand professional networks
  • Increase awareness of current tertiary curricula
  • Recognition of skills, knowledge and commitment to the profession
Mentors will help students to:
  • Develop new skillS
  • Plan career goalS
  • Build employability skills
  • Develop new networks and contacts
Important Dates:
  • Applications close: Thursday, 8th March 2018
  • Successful Applicants will be notified by Saturday, 10th March 2018
  • Induction Mentor Scheme: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Please register your interest using this form.
Please send your questions to
Further information is available here
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Dockless bike share systems

Interesting article from the UK discussing some of the issues and opportunities associated with dockless bike share systems.


KPMG study ranks Netherlands best prepared for self-driving revolution

The Netherlands is in pole position to make the transition to automated transport, reveals a new report from professional service company KPMG. It found that the Netherlands came top in a cross-section of 20 countries planning for self-driving vehicles. Using an Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI), KPMG scored each nation on four ‘pillars’: policy & legislation; technology & innovation; infrastructure; and consumer acceptance.

Walkability reduces blood pressure, says new study

Public health interventions must consider the intangible value of urban planning and design


Vehicle trial to boost road safety

The Queensland Government is partnering with iMOVE CRC to deliver Australia’s largest on-road cooperative vehicle trial to boost safety on Australian roads. Validating the effectiveness of emerging vehicle technologies is the primary goal of a new research project announced by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), the intelligent transport systems cooperative research centre iMOVE CRC and QUT.


Utopia or nightmare? The answer lies in how we embrace self-driving, electric and shared vehicles

Emerging transport disruptions could lead to a series of nightmare scenarios and poorer transport systems unless we have sensible and informed public policy to avoid this.


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AITPM FaceBook page

The AITPM Facebook page has a new name! To reflect the change in the way Social Media is utilised, the page will now be representative of AITPM as a whole and the name change reflects this. As of February, the page is now called AITPM – Leadership in Traffic and Transport. The page will still be used to promote upcoming AITPM events around the county (especially the National Conference) and also interesting news stories from time to time. Please feel free to engage with the content on the page by commenting on stories of interest. 


Queensland Branch’s welcome reception

The Queensland Branch held a welcome reception with PedBikeTrans on 7 February.  Here are some photos.
Nice animation of new tunnel under Stonehenge
What do you do when you have one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, is a prehistoric monument, is set in the middle of the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England - including several hundred burial mounds, and is regarded as a British cultural icon?

Answer: You build a road underneath it.


Brilliant Safe Driving Ad   

AITPM member Graeme Pattison sent in the following link about the Western Cape Government’s road safety commercial that starts with humour but ends with a bang.

Turning Trucks Into Bright Bill Boards  

AITPM fellow and National Past President John Stevens sent in these photos about taking advertising on trucks to a whole new level.

Super Bowl Car Ads

As mentioned earlier, the hearts and souls of the car manufacturers are on the line when they make ads especially for the American Super Bowl broadcast.

From huge freeways, to pristine forests, to Martin Luther King Jr, will they stop at nothing to get your attention and make you convert to their product?

A video of our discussion for 2018 with images from the ads is now on-line.

Urban Guerrillas - but in a nice sense  

An urban guerrilla is not usually a nice beast.  But due to the clandestine acts of thoughtful citizens,the bus shelter, which serves the 546 route along Heidelberg Road - near the corner with Fulham Road - now has a trompe l'oeil window which opens onto blue skies and azure seas.
National Platinum Sponsors
National Sponsors
Major Branch Sponsors
  • Main Roads Western Australia - WA
  • RAC of WA - WA
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - SA
  • RAA - SA
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • PSA Consulting - QLD/NSW 
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Traffic Engineering Centre - NSW
  • VicRoads - VIC 
Branch Sponsors
  • Arup - NSW
  • Bitzios - QLD
  • City of Gold Coast - QLD
  • Point8 - QLD
  • PTT - QLD
  • Donald Veal Consultants - WA
  • GTA - WA
  • GHD – SA
  • GTA - SA
  • Tonkin Consulting - SA
  • O’Brien Traffic - VIC
  • Trafficworks – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC
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