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President's Address
Key Addresses
Keynote Addresses
Conference Differences
Quirky Things 
Conference 2019 - Adelaide
Future Discussion Issues
Speeding and Road Safety
State Events
General News
Worth a Read
This is a special edition of the newsletter on the National Conference held last month in Perth. Some brief general AITPM news is after the Conference Information.
AITPM has been striving to be as professional, relevant and diverse as possible and the 2018 National Conference clearly showed that we have come a long way and more particularly it was a great model of how we can continue to grow in the future.

From the very start of the organisation for the event, the grapevine began to buzz with comments about how much detailed work was being done by Zoe Wilks and her wonderful team.

The creative ideas, the range of speakers and the attention to detail, were stand out features of this year’s event.
That’s not to say that there was not a need for the occasional adlib, including Andrew Leedham’s last minute deputising for some MC duties at the Conference dinner.  But the occasional improvisation works all the better when all the other things going on around you are running like clockwork.

The key note speakers were diverse from the energetic and engaging.  From the thoughtful Tim Armitage to the charismatic Paul Steely White and the revealing information from Mark Davey (the Executive General Manager of Virgin Regional Airlines) who gave a reality check to what it is like to run a transport business where the demand fluctuates significantly, including between ordering a new plane and actually getting it into service.

The presentations, for the first time over four streams, were comprehensive, the planning exercises were revealing and perhaps most especially the casual discussions were vibrant and rewarding. 

With 485 registrations from all over the world it was our biggest conference so far and included not only presentations of papers but the chance to ride on an autonomous bus, ride a bicycle and attend one of four forums.

Another highlight of the conference is to recognise our award winners including our Young Professional Award winners and the Janet Brash Memorial award winner (see below).

A wrap up video of the conference will arrive in the next week or so.  For conference attendees the key note presentations are available through the AITPM web site as are most papers from the conference, and the delegates list.
On the website for all to see are photos from the event, video Vox pops from some of the attendees and sponsors, and links to some of the media coverage that centred on the conference.

Well done one and all.  The AITPM and our profession are in a better place for all your efforts.

I am honoured to be elected as National President and welcome Gary Wood as Vice President and Dan Sullivan who continues as National Secretary.

Paul Smith 
National President

Congratulations to all of the award and grant winners in 2018. 

Excellence Award

  • Alton Twine, City of Gold Coast, QLD, City of Gold Coast GC2018 Travel Demand Management Program
  • Gregory Miszkowyczm, RACQ, QLD, Risky Roads Project
  • Anne Still, RAC WA, WA, RAC Automated Vehicle Program – Intellibus Trial (Janet Brash Trophy winner)
View full list of grant and award winners and view the four winners of the best conference presentations

 Australia’s first automated vehicle trial

Young Professional Award Winners 2018
QLD – Rachel Amies from Point 8
WA – Xin Hou from WSP
NSW – Sophie Zachulski from Arup
VIC – Clements Chan from VLC
SA – Nabela Tasnim from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
Welcome to Country 

It was good to have a Welcome to the Country delivered with such good grace and good humour.  This was not just a formal procedure but a sharing of positive things and hope for the future.
Neville Joseph Collard, Noongar Elder gave the Welcome to the Country.  He spoke of his life, his culture and with appreciation of the opportunities that can be afforded when the country works together.
Opening Address by John Cary MLA 

Member for Perth, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and AITPM WA Patron.
John Carey spoke of a collaborative approach to land-use transport planning but not one that is going to stall from endless discussions, or relying on just colourful plans, or because a few people refused to accept change that had been demonstrated to be for the public good.  
He specifically said that he would take on NIMBYism.  In a rather interesting metaphor he compared the past situation to the television program Little Britain to show how he was going to take on the negative attitudes that stop development.  In the TV show, one of the accepted wisdoms was that no matter what you asked for “The computer always said no”.  The minister intends to say “yes”, as often as is necessary, and to see the ideas through to conclusion.

The truth of his concern was reflected later in the conference when a planner recounted the difficulty they had establishing walking routes to a station because eight local residents had complained that they did not want more people walking down their street.

The Minister lamented that Perth had a history of producing a lot of plans and that some projects had been agreed to then stopped and then agreed to again.  It was his government’s desire to not only have a clear, coherent plan for WA but they were committed to sticking to it.

This would not only be about public transport but embrace land-use that would include some higher density neighbourhoods and they would be looking at the strata rules that had not changed since the 1960s. Changes would include community title.

He promised to be open and transparent and not shy away from the debate.
Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives in New York
Paul Steely White is an advocate for reclaiming the streets of New York from cars and for safer and more healthy alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport. 

He has had to push against some entrenched old-fashioned thinking.
While he has many statistics, reports and practical examples of why reducing car speed and usage in residential streets can improve safety and create a better community, the debate he is confronted with, is not always based on evidence nor civility.  Paul quoted the then Congressman Anthony Weiner who opposed bike lanes and who made a comment to Mayor Bloomberg who supported them. Weiner said “When I become mayor, you know what I’m going to spend my first year doing? I’m going to have a bunch of ribbon-cuttings tearing out your f***ing bike lanes”.  Weiner never became mayor. He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with a minor.

Paul is clearly not afraid to stand up and state his case which he does with passion but not with vindictiveness.  Apparently in New York it pays not to be a shrinking violet.  Paul described how the efforts to make one main road more community friendly lead to the thoroughfare being in his words “The most contentious piece of real estate since the Gaza Strip.

He is not afraid to use emotion to help develop a better community; he has held protests walking with parents who have lost a child in a road accident. He has helped organise petitions, used cartoons and quoted both engineering and health research to support his approaches.  His organisation has also used irony.  When a small number of protesters stood with signs to remove the bike ways, one of his workers fashioned a sign that said “Bike-Lane – Not on my speedway”.
The results in New York have shown a major increase in cycling but no increase in cycle fatalities. Unfortunately, since this draft was prepared there was a fatality involving an Australian cyclist who apparently was forced to swerve out of a cycle lane because a driver had parked in that lane. Paul’s organisation was quoted in the SMH article about this.

After the conference we had an extended chat to Paul about how you have to use all your available armoury, understanding where your opponents are coming from and pursuing new ways of engaging the community. Link
Mark Davey, Executive General Manager, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines
Mark Davey gave a presentation on an aspect of transport that is often overlooked: regional air services.

When he went through some of the difficulties in operating this business it soon became apparent that it is not as simple as providing a service and getting some passengers.
When you consider the recent major down turn in the mining industry or the seasonal cycles of tourist numbers to places like Broome (the quieter months are in summer because it is so hot!), coupled with lead in times of up to 3-5 years to order a plane and get it delivered and ready to use, it is not surprising that this is not a black and white situation.
Regional airlines sometime have the image of the old-style daring-do, gung-ho flyer. Mark was quick to point out that the pilots did not wear scarfs and googles in the style of Biggles and when he showed you some pictures of their aircraft they were large and modern.

Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) trips were the most consistent but even these can be variable.  Here is the variation by average week day from 2009 to 2017.
Tim Armitage, Arup, Director of the UK AutoDrive project
The AutoDrive project is leading the charge into introducing driverless vehicles across the UK.
UK Auto Drive was created in response to the UK government introducing a driverless cars competition.

The competition required the trialling in demonstration of M1 passenger cars together with some other form of autonomous transport.  

The competition required collaborative projects which were business led and based upon a host city area.
The UK Auto Drive host cities Milton Keynes and Coventry are engaged in a true project because connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology is providing real solutions for existing and future transport problems.
Advanced microsimulation modelling has been used to simulate the effect of CAVs in Milton Keynes with vehicles agents’ behaviour based on OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) vehicle software.
Following the conference Tim travelled around Australia giving presentations as part of AITPM’s International Speaker Program.

Tim presented at an AITPM branch meeting in NSW after which one of our members commented:

“Quite a challenging project to bring together 16 disparate organisations and produce good real-world autonomous vehicle results. The questions following the presentation were in depth and probing, demonstrating the attendees’ knowledge and interest in this field. 

Despite being a Monday night and winter, attendance was about 45+. Tim said he was happy for this information to be shared within AITPM. The White Papers can be downloaded from"    
Plenary session run by WA Young Professionals' Network
The WA Young Professionals' Network organised and ran a workshop for the Thursday afternoon plenary session at the National Conference, in which they challenged attendees to consider how to create accessible cities through integrated transport and land use planning.
Inspired by words of wisdom from State Member for Perth, John Carey, and expert topic speakers Teresa Matassa, Saskia Noakes and Dr. Ryan Falconer, teams set about creating the transport networks for their very own towns given a range of existing land uses – within a strict budget. Chaos ensued, as pipe cleaners were wrestled into submission and entire movement networks blossomed, and a range of creative solutions were brought to life.
The expert speakers turned into hardened judges, weighing up the merits of each town’s network and crafting a shortlist of the top ideas, from which all attendees voted on their favourite solution. There can only be one winner, and the aptly-named town of “Utopia” took the honours for the afternoon. The session saw enthusiastic participation from conference delegates both young and old, and closed the formal conference proceedings with a bang.
Autonomous Bus

Western Australia is fortunate to have a successful motoring club, the RAC, that has a vision for the future, an acceptance that the answer is not just about cars and that technology will change things enormously in the future.

To this end they have been running a trial of an autonomous bus (more of a pod that has 6-8 seats) on a defined route on public roads near park land near the Perth Zoo on the edge of the Swan River.  Conference delegates were given the opportunity to take a ride. 

The clever thing about this is that it is not intended to “prove the technology” but rather it gives the community a chance to think about and experience autonomous vehicles over a period of time.  Our RAC guide told the story of an older couple who took 18 months to build up the courage to go for a ride.  Once they did it they were rapped!  
Getting used to new technology will take time. A quick announcement about a new direction that people do not understand, is no answer for giving people time to digest the implications and even offer suggestions for adaptations.  In one of the photos the guide is talking enthusiastically not gasping in fright!!
Conference App

For the first time the AITPM National Conference had an app that provided instant information including:
  • The program 
  • A list of delegates
  • Speakers (including a photo that helps identification)
  • Opportunity to send a message to a delegate and 
  • Voting on a specific issue
The app proved invaluable for identifying and communicating with delegates as well as keeping track of the program.
Media Articles

Some of the media coverage and interviews that were generated from the conference are as follows:
Graphic Presentation!

Not everyone gets information from a written paper or a verbal presentation.

WSP had one of their staff, who has great artistic skills, draw graphic representations on the thoughts and ideas that were developing at the conference.

Past National President John Stephens was so captivated by the concept he is going to get a copy of one of the drawings to hang up in his department and see if they might put one up in the public area of his council for people to look at as they queue at the counter.
Character Drawings

SLR consulting had a trade display at the conference showing the nature of their work.  

They also arranged to have Terry Dunnett, a caricature artist, wander through the crowds and capture the character (if not the exact portrait) of attendees and guests.
Conference Gifts

Conference delegates could avail themselves of a wonderful array of gifts and merchandise from the organisation and from sponsors and trade stand companies.

There was an elegant folder in the AITPM bag; a silver mug from our new national sponsor Connex (which keeps coffee wonderfully hot!); and pads, caps and a range of merchandising from our other new National sponsor Matrix.  
Austraffic had a very functional drink bottle that can take hot or cold beverages.  The only problem I thought I might have is going through airport security.  The silhouette of the bottle had an uncanny resemblance to a small bomb.  I believe that they have an affiliation with the St Kilda AFL team (The Saints).  Fortunately, it is not Essendon, who are known as the “Bombers”.

Planning is well underway for our next National Conference in Adelaide starting on 30 July 2019.

Conference convenors for 2019, James Parrot and State Branch President Paul Froggatt, addressed the 2018 Conference and showed the promotional video which is a great balance of sharp images while conveying the subject matter of the conference.

On the AITPM web site there are also links for:
Many issues were raised at the conference.  Here are just a few that represent emerging trends that we have to address.

Being more forceful and getting on with it

The opening address from MLA John Carey (see above) set the scene for being positive with a determination to move forward. We live in a world where one opinion about how a project might affect the existing social order means that a whole project can be stopped.

This is a positive process but it puts more and more emphasis on the professional process to reach the “right” conclusion.

Having a political party that wants to “get things done” is positive.  We have to make sure that the projects that are selected suit community objectives not just political ones or not just the “perceptions” of the planners.  

Last year an AITPM news story noted the following:

So how much of our analysis and research is open minded inquiry or just compiling information to justify a preconceived idea. That may be extreme, but do we understand that no matter how well-meaning we are, we all come to the table with experiences that set up perceptions that influence our thinking. Dr Alexa Delbosc’s from Monash University and her colleague Kelcie Ralph have written a paper titled “I’m multimodal, aren’t you? How ego-centric anchoring biases experts’ perceptions of travel patterns”.  

Professional bias, to some extent, is real but rarely malicious, so we have to have a process that gains input from a wide area and considers it impartially.


The last session on the Conference program was a plenary session – “Living in Access: Bringing transport and land use together”. The session was run by the AITPM Young Professionals Network and featured AITPM Patron John Carey as a special guest presenter.

There were some very positive responses from those who participated and those who observed.
The audience was broken into groups and they sat around a map of an area with marker pens and flexible pipe cleaner type stalks in various colours that represented various transport options which also came at a particular cost.

A similar exercise, on a smaller scale, was carried out the next day at the transport planning workshop “Streets for people” with transport planning expert and keynote speaker Paul Steely White.

After the workshop there was a lot of discussion about how this particular process could be extended to include some representatives of the community but also to ensure that there was some facilitation so that no one particular idea or person dominated and that the real issues and motivations for the people involved could be reported more widely.
Transport modelling in the future 

The papers in this session seemed to be less of the detailed nuances of modelling than previous conferences and more about the broader application and more of land use modelling.

With the advent of new data sources especially with the ability to look at a lot of different trip purposes (Stephen Rutherford (see below) looked at data for night time trips, weekend trips and tourist trips), then so the way in which we model may take new directions.

Another major change in the availability of data is getting a large amount of real-time data.

The current process of taking years to model a situation and evaluate projects and then hold onto that as “the” project for many years is fast going out the window.
Big Data

In session 3 of the conference there were three diverse papers but all on the subject of data and how it can be or should be used.  Rick Donnolly (WSP – USA) took a broad overview which included accepting that a lot of detailed analysis will be done through artificial intelligence so for the professionals there is an opportunity to allocate time onto broader more philosophical thinking.  One of his slides looked at obstacles and he highlighted particular problems with “Fake big data”.
The second speaker in this session, Stephen Rutherford (Jacobs – UK), spoke of the value of getting information that was collected for other reasons than transport.  Mobile phone data was the example he used through the project EDMOND in the UK. He noted 

The paper will first describe the methodology used to process the mobile network data to identify trips where users have moved between two distinct parts of the cell network. The paper will then describe how we inferred journey purpose from analysing mobile phone data each day over a 90 day period to provide insights of home and work locations, and the identification of education trips; and how we inferred the mode of the trip from innovative statistical methods to estimate a classifier, probabilistically to allocate mode, explained by information on routeing, land-use, and various other trip attributes derived from mobile network data or other fused datasets. The results of an opt-in survey will be presented, which compared trips enumerated in a travel diary from a sample of respondents’, with the trips inferred from the data processed, with permission, from their mobile phones.

While mobile data gives a huge amount of information Stephen spoke of how it was good in some areas but underrepresented short trips and trips by young people.

While the first two papers looked expansively in their coverage, the third paper by John Reid (Austraffic) looked in detail at how a sample may be expanded to represent 100% of the journeys.  He used as his example an origin and destination survey that had collected number plates at cordon locations.  While video recording has greatly improved the collection of information some errors can still occur.  Fuzzy matching techniques (making allowances for miss-recording “O” or “0” for example) can help.  John found that some traditional fuzzy matching techniques went too far.  On one trip movement, through trips were recorded as 23% of the total.  After reasonable fuzzy matching the absolute number of matches was higher but the percentage of through trips was similar (as you would expect). But with extreme fuzzy matching the percentage of through trips on this one movement dropped to 17% of the total. 

John made the point at a later lunch-time presentation that all surveys are a sample and even Stephen’s mobile phone data in the UK (from one company) had to be expanded by at least a factor of three. 

Autonomous Vehicles 

There are conferences happening all over the world on Autonomous Vehicles.  There is a huge amount of consideration about the technology, the legality and how they might take over traditional services.

The AITPM conference looked at an autonomous vehicles trial in the UK with keynote speaker Tim Armitage.

Another paper in Session 17 titled “The Devil is in the Details” challenged the profession to look at the traffic engineering details that will be necessary to support autonomous vehicles.  The Paper referred to the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies.
While we are over the peak of inflated expectations we are not at the pit of the “trough of disillusionment”. We still have a lot of conceptual ideas about the impact of autonomous vehicles (improved capacity and improved safety), but we have a long way to go to get a handle on what the cars will need and how we are adapting the system to make the best use of this technology.
AITPM members will no doubt be aware that Australia has adopted the ‘Safe System’ approach for improvements in road safety but have you ever thought about its origins and its implications? While very few people would disagree with the goal of zero road deaths, is this a realistic or achievable?  And what trade-offs are acceptable? 

Rob Morgan (FAITPM) has written a book with the provocative title “Safe System or Stalinist System” and he presented a paper on this subject at the 2018 AITPM conference in Perth.

Veteran traffic engineer and crash investigator John Jamieson (FAITPM) provides a review of a new book which has some conclusions that some may find confronting.  

The newsletter welcomes any comments on this subject and we will raise the issue with other groups such as the Australian College of Road Safety.
Book Review
“Safe system, or Stalinist system?” “Road safety at any cost” By Rob Morgan FITE., FAITPM., ARPS.
A review undertaken by John JamiesonFIEAust, FAITPM, CPEng, NER.
The emperor has no clothes.
I first became aware of Rob when I was a Crash Investigations Engineer at the Traffic Accident Research Unit (TARU) in about 1979 (a time when New South Wales undertook crash research).

Rob was working at the Federal Office of Road Safety – a body which was in close cooperation with TARU, as well as with RoSTA (Victoria’s Road Safety and Traffic Authority - the equivalent of TARU – also long gone).

This book is Victoria-orientated, but it applies to every state in Australia, as well as federally.

I should say at the outset that there is a slight vested interest in this review, as Rob cites one of my firm’s crash investigation cases involving a child fatality and faulty road design.

Having admitted that, I agree with every syllable of this 160 page dissertation, which examines the present sad situation of traffic safety in Australia - which has effectively abandoned evidence-based crash countermeasure development.

I completed my Master of Engineering Science in Traffic and Transportation Engineering at UNSW in 1976 – a degree, relevantly to this book, which now no longer exists.  I joined TARU in early 1977, a mere eight years after the moon landing.  The relevance of the moon landing is that it was an age where belief in science reigned. It was an age where everyone (except the most radical business people) believed in a strong public sector and government involvement for the greater good.  It seems strange now, doesn’t it?
Science won us World War 2 and produced prosperity through the 1950s and 60s, which culminated in the moon landing.  All these achievements were administered or funded by the public sector.

This era abruptly ended following the Regan/Thatcher period which broke the spell.  This process involved:
  • deliberate and on-going dismantling of the public sector both in size and function,
  • constant downsizing, privatisation, expelling public expertise, with the mantra of “government is bad, corporates are good”.
With very few exceptions, the result has been a gradual (but constant) dumbing down of the expertise held by the (non-health) public sector for the past 40 years.

Almost all of the intellectualcontent contained in the myriad of Road Design Guidelines, Australian Standards and Traffic Safety issues (that is, work based on scientific research), more or less ended by the 1990s.

Vision Zero

In 1994 – 1995, academics in Sweden (probably in the middle of a conference after a long night on Swedish vodka) dreamed up the concept known as “Vision Zero”.

This utopian idea put forward that an achievable goal for the traffic safety community is to have a road system where there are zero fatalities.

Although this objective sounded more like it came out of San Francisco in 1967 (before the LSD wore off), these were apparently serious people.

On initial analysis of this “goal”, it became clear to everyone that the limiting factor in such an exercise is the “human tolerance to physical force”whether it was a vehicle occupant, motorcyclist, or pedestrian.  

In the context of withered public sector expertise, the Vision Zero idea caught on and evolved into Australia’s “Safe System”.  Before long, it became apparent to everyone that the villain in this exercise was the velocity of the moving vehicles.

So, over the next two decades, as Rob explains, there has been a gradual turning away from the previous 40 years of continuous and successful evidence-based crash countermeasure development, with the new believers’ eyes gazing towards the new dawn of intensive speed control.

These beliefs, as Rob explains, led to measures such as:
  • blanket coverage of the road network with active speed controls such as radar/lidar,
  • an array of unevaluated speed related facilities – e.g. School Zone treatments,
  • constant mismatches between speed zoning and speed environments – a concept developed for the previous 40 years,
  • and worst of all, the re-emergence of expensive “road safety campaigns” convincing drivers that “speed kills” – the same campaigns which were demonstrated to be useless as early as the 1960s no less.
As Rob notes, such programmes individually may have merit, but many of them, particularly treatments of School Zones on arterial roads, consume significant road safety dollar resources – dollars which could be demonstrably better spent elsewhere. None of these new ideas seemed to be formally evaluated – maybe the authorities knew what the answer would be.

It was convenient for the new believers that the road toll in Australia (as everywhere else in the western world) had been linearly decreasing – a trend almost certainlydue to countermeasures developed and implemented in the previous 40 years, involving, for example:
  • restraints,
  • random breath testing,
  • higher standard highway design,
  • impact assessed vehicles,
  • black spot treatments,
  • air bags,
  • Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control,
  • helmet development,
  • crash barriers,
  • intensive traffic management in urban areas,
and the list goes on.

So, while the evaluation of intensive speed control could not be separated (in the context of a “controlled” scientific experiment) in terms of crash reduction contribution, the advocates took all the credit anyway.
The relevance of Stalinism to the discourse is outlined in a table by Rob which compares Stalinism with “Safe Systems”.  Comparisons include: utopian goals, claims to be a science, the requirement for rigorous enforcements and ultimately the need for a Police State - which could never achieve its goals.

As governments shrank, they became more “political”.  The Australian system was originally based on the British Civil Service system, and had been a relatively politically-free Sector (at least internally) which used external political advisors.

However, since the 1990s, the political “apparatchiks” have been gradually infiltrating into quite low technical levels in government.  Therefore, any analysis is alwaysseen through the lens of political impact, or more commonly pure populism - rather than evidence-based, scientific findings – classic Stalinism.

This new wave did not necessarily have to be bad, except for the fact that almost none of the newly inserted apparatchiks had any scientific or engineering background.  Indeed, it was probably discouraged.

The tragic element of Rob’s book is probably that many who will read it (particularly the young apparatchiks) will have no idea what he’s talking about.  

They know nothing else but politically-driven public policy, rather than scientific, evidence–based policy development.

I give Rob Morgan 10 out of 10 for this work, but I fear it will fall on deaf ears.
John Jamieson
Victorian Branch  South Australia Branch
Queensland Branch NSW Branch   WA Branch 
The New Zealand Modelling User Group (NZMUGS) - Conference

The New Zealand Modelling User Group (NZMUGS) which is affiliated with the AITPM Transport Modellers G, would like to invite registrations for the 2018 NZMUGS conference.

The 10th anniversary NZMUGS Conference will provide an opportunity for customers, researchers, engineers, modellers and other practitioners in the transportation modelling industry to discuss current developments across a wide range of modelling applications.

Conference Date: Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th September 2018 

Conference Venue: Grand Millennium Hotel, 71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City, New Zealand

Early bird registration for the 2018 NZMUGS conference will cost $450 plus GST, if received on or before 31st August 2018. 

The draft program can be viewed here.
To register please go to

Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)  Summit – 28-29 August Sydney 

Hosted by ITS Australia, the 6th Australian Intelligent Transport Systems Summit 2018 will bring together 450+ Australian and international executives from the emerging transport technology sector over 2 days to share information, learn, do business and network.The 2018 Australian ITS Summit will be a multi-stream conference with over 120 presentations scheduled across 24 break-out sessions, over 2 days. Keynote and Plenary presentations will be interspersed with panel discussions and technical tours. 

The combination of pressure to provide better and more transport, and the availability and business opportunities provided by new technology, mean that the development and deployment of technology-based transport improvements are of great social and economic significance.

Speakers and attendees come from America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Australia, combined with a strong industry exhibition, sponsorship and government support.

The 2018 Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit will be hosted in partnership with Transport for New South Wales, and Roads and Maritime Services.

More information on the 2018 Australian ITS Summit can be found at  Program.

40th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) Conference – Darwin 

The Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics will host the 40th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) to be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 30 October to 1 November 2018.

The ATRF conference is an opportunity to showcase contemporary transport technology, innovation, industry projects, researchers, policymakers, advisors and practitioners in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia from a range of disciplines, to share and build upon the latest research and thinking in the transport sector.

The three-day event will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre within the magnificent Darwin Waterfront surrounds, and will provide an opportunity for government agencies, industry, academic and research institutions to participate in discussion of current and emerging transport issues.

For further information please visit or contact the ATRF conference secretariat, Agentur at

Please note, Early Bird Registrations are due to close on Friday, 28th September 2018.
London has announced its first Walking Action Plan which aims to encourage an extra million walking trips every day and make London ‘the most walkable city in the world’.

The plan, unveiled by walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman, lays out how London will become a city where walking, for those who can, is the most obvious and attractive means of travel for all short trips.
In Mexico City, Ballerinas Dance in Traffic—and It’s Absolutely Captivating

These seven ballet dancers from the Ardentía dance company are performing selections from “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” and even grooving to Michael Jackson in a downtown crosswalk in the Mexican capital.

Granted, the performances only last 58 seconds—the time it takes for a traffic light to change from red to green—but they’re making a big impact. Over the past couple of weeks, the Ardentía company has performed these mini-shows to brighten the lives of weary commuters, part of an initiative called “the theatricality of public space,” reports the Associated Press. The performances have drawn large crowds and captivated photographers across the city.

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