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President's Address
Reflections from the Editor
State Branch Meetings
Transport and Climate Change
Reflections on our Bus System
Multi Modal Trip
Letter to the Editor
AITPM Podcast #2
AITPM New Members
AITPM News
Worth a Look
Quirky News
> PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 
One of the greatest joys of AITPM, is meeting, talking, sharing, working and socialising with people in our industry – for the most part connecting people working across Australia, sometimes internationally, and well outside of our immediate organisational circles - and to which we would not meet if it were not for the AITPM network.  

This is what AITPM fundamentally is ‘an artificial construct designed to bring people in our industry together’, the starting blocks to which anything is then possible.
 
In my 24-year association with AITPM, the last nine as member, I have witnessed thousands of connections between industry professionals and practitioners delivering personal and professional enrichment to those open to receive.

AITPM is also a place where the membership is heavily invested in its direction and activities.  More than 10% of the membership volunteers their time on one or more of: State Branch Committees, Young Professional or Transport Modelling Networks, Conference Committees, National Board and other special purpose groups, all with motivations to improve AITPM’s industry standing.  To this end, and on behalf of AITPM, I would thank all our volunteers and reinforce it is through their collective efforts that AITPM is what it is today – an Australian traffic and transport peak industry body.  I encourage all members to get involved and I guarantee you will be rewarded!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to single out our Immediate Past National President Andrew Leedham (SA) who has worked tirelessly over the past two years.  It is through his focused leadership, collaborative approach and strong work ethic that AITPM is in a much stronger position today – probably its strongest ever.  We are far more effective, efficient and focused as a result.  Thank you Andrew and we look forward to your continued contributions as a valued Board member.

The AITPM AGM held in Perth on the 25 July 2018 saw the ratification of the new National Board.  

Three new elected members, Gary Wood, Kyriakos Tyrologos and Dan Sullivan (re-elected) and two new State Branch Presidents, Derrick Hitchins (QLD) and Scott Benjamin (Vic) joined the five other sitting members.  See here for full National Board https://www.aitpm.com.au/committees/.  

Our new constitution, which came into effect on the 2 May 2018, requires the National Board to appoint the President, Vice President and Company Secretary.  The National Board at its meeting of the 10 August 2018 endorsed Paul Smith President and Gary Wood Vice President for a term of 1 year each, and Dan Sullivan Company Secretary for a term of 2 years.

As we get back to “normal” after the wonderful National Conference, I am thinking of how we can progress some of the issues raised at our national event. It is critical that we not only capture the attention of the attendees, but that we pursue on-going issues for the benefit of the whole community.

A number of articles in this newsletter are a direct continuation of what was raised in Perth at our Conference.

Our position is all the more critical in the current environment where those who shout the loudest, the most often and with the most venom, get most of the coverage.

We have recently seen political confrontations that take the attention away from rational discussion of important policy directions.

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that identifies ways to increase public involvement in transportation projects by making effective use of today’s available communication media. This report evaluates the currently available communication media and reviews Florida’s current practices in using said media at public meetings. It also identifies appropriate technology-based communication platforms for underrepresented populations and develops guidelines for deploying the recommended communication media. The report is called “Use of Communication Technologies to Enhance Public Involvement in Transportation Projects”.

It is important that we do not just use social media and other avenues in the narrow, negative way they are often used. The word that is prominent in the report is “engagement”. The purpose of better communication is not just to improve the way we tell people what we think and what we have decided. It is to engage with people with the clear understanding that we will learn things we did not know and that the solutions that are determined have to have the ownership of the people not just academics, bureaucrats, politicians or media commentators.

I have heard of a wide range of on-going activities that have arisen or were enhanced from the conference including some constructive interaction between our younger and older members. 

As I said in my first President’s Message, the profession and our members are well served by these developing activities.


Paul Smith 
National President
 
> REFLECTIONS FROM THE EDITOR
AITPM National Conference – Road Safety
 
The Daily Telegraph in Sydney recently ran a story recently that said in part:

Women passengers are too scared to call out risky driving by their husbands and male partners because of how they might react, new research has found.

Road toll statistics show middle-aged men are the deadliest drivers on NSW roads and are involved in more fatal crashes than P-platers or young rev heads.

NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey yesterday called for the wives, girlfriends and partners who sit next to male drivers to speak up and save lives.
“It is time to speak up or get out of the car. It is better to be alive than save face by staying silent,” she said.

This ties in with the paper at the National Conference on a behavioural change approach to road safety. Instead of just lecturing people on what they should do we should empower and skill people, particularly young women, to be able to engage with those around them whose motives and behaviour are contrary to good safety.

If anyone has a good contact with the roads minister’s office in NSW or any other ideas to progress this issue can you please send me an email david@drivenmedia.com.au.
 
 

Political Shenanigans

Justification by constant repetition is the hall mark of much of the political debate at the moment.

The astrophysics and public commentator Neil deGrasse Tyson said:
  • Objective truths are established by evidence. 
  • Personal truths by faith. 
  • Political truths by incessant repetition.
Constant repetition of an opinion or even one narrow fact has to be avoided, including in our profession. We can retreat into our own echo chambers of meeting with and espousing one-liners that are meant to cover the whole issue.  We need to interact and test our theories and approaches in a diverse market.

CS Lewis is best known for his Narnia Tales but was also a broad thinking writer and philosopher. He said the following:

The cool intellect must work not only against cool intellect on the other side, but against the muddy heathen mysticisms which deny intellect altogether. Most of all, perhaps we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion. A man who has lived in many places [He was referring to the reading of history] is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.
 

The need to converse, even with the 'opposition'

I was recently interviewed by a media outlet that thinks climate change is a conspiracy and that any talk of pollution is a left-wing plot. I chose not to stand up and fight but rather emphasised that we need to fight LOCAL pollution. It is a subject that people can more readily “see” in their community.

Laura Tingle made an excellent point on the ABC. If you only watch a news service that has a specific opinion on issues, often presented in a ranting style, then you end up believing that there is a catastrophe and only you can solve it. 

I heard a politician totally dismiss shows such as the ABC Media Watch by saying that he doesn’t even bother listening to what is said. Now I think Paul Barry (presenter of Media Watch) should not try to do humour and that they have to watch that they don’t appear to be self-righteous, but they do say when they get it wrong and they are highlighting gross hypocrisies, paid for news, reporting only one side of the story, where opinion is being pushed as news and over-the-top hype in the media.

If you totally dismiss the ABC then you cannot hold dialogue or consultation with a significant part of the electorate. If you reject the major feeling of the community without giving any analysis as to why and then rely on calling other people derogatory names, then you cannot, with all good conscience, stand up and say “We will govern for all Australians”. 

I cannot, however, say that this is just a problem for politicians (although it would appear that they are generally a classic example of this). Transport has often had individual mode silos that see other forms of transport as the “opposition”. 
 

Projects verses systems

At the ITS Summit it seemed to me that professional and political processes did not readily understand the difference between building a few projects or establishing a whole system.

The 10,000 Friends of Greater Sydney is giving me an opportunity to ask an outstanding panel of experts, this question in the quest to find the Challenges that are facing Sydney and its transport network.

It is being held on the 18 September at the offices of Cox Architecture, 147 Clarence Street Sydney 5:30pm – 8pm (AEST).  On the panel will be:
All are welcome but please RSVP.
 

May Lay's new book
 
It is great to hear that one of the most respected and revered elder statesmen of the transport profession, Dr Max Lay has written another book; “The Harnessing of Power”.

Max’s previous book “Ways of the World” is an in depth and at times quirky history of how we have developed the way we use and manage our roads.  It is an entertaining read.
I have included one of Max’s emails in the Letters to the Editor section below and I will be in Melbourne this week to interview Max about his latest book.
 

ITS Summit

I attended the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit in Sydney at the end of August. Here are a few reflections.

ITS - it’s not just autonomous cars
At the recent ITS Summit in Sydney Ken Kanofski, the CEO of the NSW Road authority began his key note speech by specifically saying that he will not talk about autonomous vehicles.  It is an ?????

A national newspaper took a similar comment from another speaker at the conference and ran the headline that car companies are obsessed with autonomous vehicles.

The article wasn’t a completely accurate reflection of the comments that were made but there is a point. There are many issues in intelligent transport systems and we need to ensure we are not just fixated on one area.
 
The best way of working with government and private industry?
The acronym CAV, Connected and Autonomous vehicles, broadly covers the technology that will create enormous impacts in countries all over the world. It will change how and when we travel but will also generate jobs and enhance wealth creation opportunities.

Private industry is pushing hard and governments can’t totally control it but it is critical that governments facilitate the process if a country is to gain the most benefits, not just corporate profits but also long-term community benefits.

In the UK they set up a separate organisation Meridian Mobility UK Limited to enhance the interaction between governments and industry. Meridian’s Chief Executive officer is Daniel Ruiz.  Daniel brings a calm, thoughtful confidence to a world that is frantically pushing technological developments. We caught up with him during a break in conference presentations. 
 
One of his comment was:

Well that's one of the turnarounds I think in UK politics recently especially in this area is that there is a degree of vision, there is leadership from government in the UK.  The establishment of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous vehicles which is a joint department,sits between transport and business and was a very deliberate act.

The full interview can be heard here.

Modelling
AITPM member Chris Wilson who is an expert modeller had some interesting conversations with some companies that do not come from a transport planning background but are getting involved in predictive models.

Data management companies and mapping organisations are looking to do things that traditional modellers have done for many years. Perhaps it is time to have a meeting or conference on modelling for those businesses who need it for other reasons!
 
Aspirational planning 
A number of land-use planners are recognising that some of the plans for the future are aspirational utopias rather than achievable realities that encompass all of the activities of a community.
Ken the CEO of RMS in his key note speech said that there is no point in imagining a world of coffee shop lined boulevards if you can’t get to work.
 
Who can afford to pay?
For my presentation “Competition, Dominance and Monopoly – Issues for MaaS” I was looking for an example of how a transport system based on profitability, may not serve the broader community good. As is usually the case, at morning tea a colleague came up with a perfect comment.

Sharon Kindleysides, Director of Intelligent Transport Systems at RMS NSW, said that in an environment where the value of the free market is often espoused and the user pays principle is the preferred system, does this mean that we accept that a senior executive who is running late for lunch can afford to pay for priority on the road to get to their social meeting, while the nurse who has been called to an emergency in a cardiac ward, has to wait in traffic?
 
Data from vehicles 
John Wall from RMS in NSW presented on the V2V communication project they have been running with vehicles including large trucks in the Wollongong area of NSW. One of the comments he made was they could now get a large amount of data that needed considerable effort to interpret what was actually happening and how they could use it to make improvements.

Benjamin Wilson from Here took this further. While car manufacturers are collecting a lot of data that other services could use, the other services do not need to have all the information.  He pondered whether some organisations might be able to get some useful real time or trend data by using the following data that is available from many cars such as; when are the windscreen wipers being turned on; brake pressure including emergency stops; headlights or fog lights.

Perhaps a road safety analysis or variable sign posting could benefit from these data.
 
Buzz words and phrases that have lost their meaning 
At the ITS conference there was some considerable frustration at the over use of expressions such as “Mobility as a Service”.  They have come to mean anything you want them to mean.

I had read an article in The Atlantic on-line newspaper some time ago that pleaded for people to stop using the expression “Smart City”.

Chris O'Connor who lists his role as “Customer Experience Design & Business Transformation” has put the following post on LinkedIn.

Dear Smart City sales people. Please stop it, you’re making it hard for us to get things done. Your glossy brochures and slide decks promising: - seamless integration – dashboards out of the box – no technical expertise required – too good to be true pricing models – (and my favourite) insights that will transform your business. They all raise expectations. And most executives I work with have a pretty good bullshit detector. The minute they sniff exaggeration, your sales pitch is dead before it gets past the start line. Integration is hard and expensive. Dashboards are difficult to configure. Technical expertise is almost always required. Low upfront costs might escalate in out years. And insights don’t transform businesses – courage, leadership, vision, execution and decision making does. I want and need to buy your stuff. But this game of inflating expectations isn’t helping either of us.
Link 
 
End to traffic congestion predicted but we may have to give up control of our cars to achieve it
I didn’t get to see this presentation but news.com.au reported the following:

Niroshan Jeyarajah, a senior manager at Transport for NSW made the bold prediction at this week’s Smart Infrastructure Summit, held in Sydney.

Control of vehicles could gradually pass from drivers to a centralised traffic control body, he said, in the same way planes are controlled by air traffic control. Your car would even need to ask permission to get on the road at all.

 
> STATE BRANCH MEETINGS
Victorian Branch  South Australia Branch Queensland Branch
NSW Branch   WA Branch 
> TRANSPORT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
A colleague sent me a link to a report by the Institute of Sensible Transport.  The colleague thought that commissioning this report showed “thought Leadership” coming out of Victoria that was generally absent elsewhere.  Perhaps. Nonetheless the report does try to give clarity to the issue and practical recommendations to the solutions.

The Institute noted
We recently completed a project for the City of Melbourne to provide an improved understanding of current trends in transport emissions. We aligned their method of calculating emissions with international (GPC) protocols. This project also provided a set of recommendations designed to bring the City of Melbourne’s transport emissions in line with climate change commitments.
 
They produced a graphic to help understanding emissions and space requirements of different transport modes.  Note the balloons are the pollution levels and the footprints are the space they take up.
As many have suggested, an electric vehicle (at this stage) produces nearly as much pollution as an internal combustion car (presumably based on significant power being generated in Victoria through brown coal) and that buses produce less pollution per kilometre than other forms of public transport.  

Buses are reported to take up more space than trains or trams but with autonomous vehicles might we be able to link them together (electronically) when necessary and be confined to a tighter corridor.
Three scenarios were developed:
  1. Business as usual
  2. Moderate change
  3. Strong change 
To achieve the strong change, they suggested four strategies 
  1. Strategic reallocation of road space
  2. Intersection priority for sustainable modes
  3. Changing the way we pay for motor vehicle use
  4. Lowering the emissions intensity of motorised transport 
Link to the full report 
 
> REFLECTIONS ON OUR BUS SYSTEM

David Brown 

At a recent AITPM NSW branch meeting, I met John Devney, a director with GTA consultants and working out of Adelaide.

John has done a lot of work on bus networks and their operating systems. He had some interesting comments about making more connected and frequent networks rather than just planning ad-hoc, disconnected systems.

I recorded an interview with him and here are some of his reflections on the various networks and developments around Australia.

Canberra light rail
The light rail in Canberra is being built to replace one of their rapid frequent bus routes known as the Red Rapid Route 200 which operates from Gungahlin to Civic via Northbourne Avenue and is a strong patronage performer. 

For the rest of the Canberra bus network, they have a series of other Rapid or frequent routes that they're going to continue to maintain, that connect in with the light rail or come through to the city centre. They now are planning an expansion of the Rapid bus network to be implemented in 2019. The frequent network concept has been so successful that they're going to roll it out a lot more comprehensively. In addition to these Rapid routes, local bus routes will be designed for people who are not within walking distance of the frequent routes. 

Newcastle replacing a section of heavy rail with light rail
In Newcastle, New South Wales a reason for terminating the heavy rail was so they could build a new interchange at Wickham for the rail from the Central Coast and Sydney and the Hunter Valley. This new bus interchange will be the starting point for the light rail that's currently under construction. It will operate  2.7 km with six stops through CBD to Newcastle East, close to the beach and it will open in January 2019.
The light rail is replacing the former heavy rail section because the heavy rail was a major barrier between the foreshore and the Honeysuckle precinct, and the rest of the Newcastle city centre. But as an aside, the State Government has also privatised the bus contracts for the local bus network connecting it with the ferry services and also the future light rail operations. All will be operated by the one operator, namely Newcastle Transport. 

So everything is integrated with the train station which opened last October. For January 2018, Transport for NSW with Newcastle Transport, the integrated service provider, planned a total revamp of the local bus network and where they implemented four frequent bus routes with a restructured local bus network. 

Was there a concern about losing a heavy rail and only getting light rail or buses? Was it hard to try and communicate to the community the benefit that it wasn't just losing your railway it was actually gaining a system?

Well that was an interesting debate in 2014 when the planning for the rail closure was done and the planning for the light rail was conducted to replace it. And so not everyone in the community supported the closure of the rail line. But the big sell was that it will regenerate Newcastle's city centre to bring more life and vibrancy to the city and it definitely is doing that. 

So there's a lot more development especially residential along the foreshore and in other parts of the city centre. They also opened the new university campus, known as Newspace, in Hunter Street in the CBD. It's a main attractor for the light rail in addition to removing the heavy rail barrier to allow urban renewal in Newcastle's city centre and it's doing that. It's also provides much better pedestrian access to the foreshore from the city centre. Furthermore, they've opened up more public spaces and small public parks where there were railway tracks. 

Adelaide
Well Adelaide is doing well with the efficiency of the O-Bahn that opened in the mid-1980s, because it gets people from the north eastern suburbs from Golden Grove, Modbury and Tea Tree Gully in those areas to the city in 15 to 20 minutes very reliably.

The challenge for Adelaide is the number of bus routes that are using the O-Bahn and also how it integrates with the rest of the wider bus network. There are multiple routes using the O-Bahn infrastructure with a lot of route numbers that can be confusing for infrequent customers.

And then they come into the city centre using Grenfell Street and Currie Street. The O-Bahn is successful, but the legibility of the bus network is poor. The infrastructure at some of the bus stops and in Grenville Street and Currie Street could certainly be upgraded to be higher standards.  Last December they installed real-time information at some of the bus stops in Currie Street and Grenville Street which is a bit better. But there's still room to improve the amenity at the bus stops in the city centre. 

So the O-Bahn, in the wider sense of the Adelaide public transport network, is a success as far as being direct and fast services to the city centre. 

We will cover more of John’s thoughts in later newsletters including some overseas experience.  

> MULTI-MODAL TRIP
The Matrix Team recently undertook a data collection exercise of comparing a variety of transport modes for a typical commute.  The route was from Toowong into the CBD (Brisbane) on Thursday 23rd August during the AM commuter peak.  

IMAGE 1 – Matrix Team at the finish line
We tested 13 different modes of transport.  It has been pointed out to us that we neglected to include motorbike in the data but alas no one on the Matrix Team has a motorbike or a motor bike licence. We will see what we can do in future.

The team gathered at the designated area at 7:45am, “the old Woolworths carpark opposite Toowong Village”. All commuters were instructed that the end point was the Lion Statues at front of King George Square, in the CBD. 
This stretch of commute into the city had been chosen for this test as it offered a wide range of transport modes.  Train, Bus, City Cycle, main road and exceptional bike and walking paths along Coronation Drive. 
At the agreed time of 8am, all Commuters left the carpark for their journey into the city.  
The aim of this experiment was to record;
  • Time;
  • Cost;
  • Kilojoules burnt (trying to include an active travel component).
The map below shows the route used. Commuters used Garmin / Apple devices to record their trip.
The map below shows the route used. Commuters used Garmin / Apple devices to record their trip.
The graph below shows the headline time results for the travel time to the city. 
Firstly, time isn’t everything. In a recent Matrix survey 54% of respondents ranked time as their top priority.

As per the time graph, our two cyclists arrived at the end point in position 1 and 2. 

The end of trip difference between these 2 cyclists is significant for some.

The E Bike rider arrived in work clothes and was able to walk straight into the office.  
The road bike rider arrived in Lycra and required “end of trip facilities” to shower and change before heading off to work.  (These comments are noted by the bike rider’s comments in the spreadsheet).  The 3rdbike in our experiment was a Yellow City Cycle, and this rider arrived at the end point 6th.  The time difference here was due to the time it took before and after the trip to dock the bike in and out of a docking station. 

Other observations include;
  • The commuter who travelled by Uber arrived at the end point before the self-drive car commuter as they did not have to take time to park and walk to the meeting spot. 
  • E Scooter and E Skateboard shared very similar arrival times.  We are currently seeking advice on the use of E Skateboards on public routes. 
  • The Ferry journey took a little longer than the other two public transport modes. This could be because the Ferry Terminal is a longer walking distance than the Train and Bus stop from the starting point or because there are less frequent services running or because the changeover of foot traffic at Ferry Terminals takes longer (due to health and safety) than the other modes of public transport. 
A nominal cost to each mode of transport has been estimated. We have kept the methodologies very simple.  It would be very easy to poke holes in costing calculations.
The Uber trip cost the most and had a 2X premium on the normal fare.  The Uber did arrive in 2 minutes, which was quicker than we thought. The car cost includes the travel cost (per km) as well as the parking cost.  Parking was the majority of this cost.  We didn’t apply any cost to the Bicycles or Scooter, assuming that these users would already own the equipment.  Charging costs for the E bike, E Scooter and E Skateboard are nominal (10c to 30c max).

We also attempted to record the kilojoules burnt by the commuters during their trip to the city.  The science is not exact; however, the graph below shows 4 distinct groups. The number 1 and 2 positions are running and walking.  Both modes are around the 1500 kilojoule mark.  The next group includes the non-assisted bike and roller blades.  The Electric “E” modes then take up the middle ground.  Then, Ferry, Car, Bus, Uber and Train bring up the rear.  Most of the last groups kilojoules being burnt by their walk to and from their transport modes.
Conclusion
This was a fabulous exercise, as the team love a challenge and we always have fun testing theories. This was not designed as a technical paper.  It is an experiment to highlight different transport modes.  The one obvious conclusion is that if you build a quality piece of infrastructure such as the bicentennial bike path (Coro Drive BikePath), then people will use it.  The quality infrastructure makes active travel options the superstars. 
 
Martin Prowse
> LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dear David

Over the last few years I have been writing a book about all the amazing transport changes which occurred during the 19th century and subsequently became our transport heritage.

I was led to write this book as I prepared and presented an international review paper on the factors that had influenced road development in the 20th century. I drew somewhat glibly on the 19th century legacy that provided the basis for most of those 20th century events. 

The question that increasingly came to my mind was how that creative 19th century legacy had arisen?  What a story there might be to uncover and to use to shed more light on our transport inheritance – where did all the 19th century’s key transport features come from and why are there so many inventions, innovations, inconsistencies and illogicalities in the story? 

Hence this book, which is my attempt to understand the origins of much of our current transport world.  I wrote it as an engineer specialising in transport and certainly not as an historian additionally steeped in matters of economics, or politics or social structures. There were many great and fundamental changes occurring during the 19th century and my transport specialisation was just one sub-set of those changes. 
 
It is appropriate therefore for me to use the words of a leading English historian – Kitson Clark – to provide a broader context for my story. He described events of the 19th century as “a larger movement in history ... which went on throughout the 19th century … and which swept through human affairs and carried away the ancient régime with its aristocracies, its hereditary monarchies, its prescriptive rights and left in its stead a world whose values, on the whole, we still accept.” I have written the book in my home town of Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne was not founded until the mid-1830s so I can view the 19th century without a strong parochial view. Indeed, my self-assigned task was to take world view of 19th century transport changes.

I am pleased that I have completed the book to my satisfaction and that an excellent British publishing house, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, agreed to publish it.  The book is 370 pages long and has many contemporary illustrations.  It is now available from the publisher.

My other books continue to sell well, particularly Ways of the Worlddespite it being unchanged since 1992 – the benefits of print on demand!
 
Best wishes
 
Max Lay
 
> AITPM PODCAST #2 - STORIES FROM NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Episode 2 of Talking Transport – the AITPM Podcast has just been realised.

In this episode, Tim Boxall chats with Clements Chan, the 2018 Young Professional Award Winner from Victoria, about his time in the transport industry so far and favourite memory from the 2018 National Conference.

In the second part of the show, join David Brown as he interviews Paul Steely White and Dr Ryan Falconer direct from Perth. For the full interviews and more transport news, visit drivenmedia.com.au.

If you like what you hear, please leave us a review on iTunes or get in touch via aitpm@aitpm.com.

This innovative idea was proposed and developed by the AITPM National Young Professionals and supported by the Board of Directors.

A special thankyou to our producer Russell King for his assistance.

The views, information, or opinions expressed during each AITPM Podcast are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of AITPM or the company of individuals.

> AITPM NEWS
Queensland Meeting

Here are some photos from the industry forum held in Brisbane earlier this month with Tim Armitage from UK Autodrive.
> WORTH A LOOK
Transport Planning 

New benchmark set for project transparency and accountability
New guidelines to drive greater transparency and accountability in infrastructure decision-making and reduce instances of major projects receiving funding before appropriate planning and assessment have been released today by Infrastructure Australia, the nation's independent infrastructure advisor.
http://infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2018/2018_07_24.aspx
 
 
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Research and Report
Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia) has today published and released its research and report into Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Australia: Customer Insights and Opportunities.
https://roads.memnet.com.au/LocalisedFiles/DocumentManager/Insider%20PDFs/ITS%20Australia%20launches%20MaaS%20(Mobility%20as%20a%20Service)%20Research%20and%20Report.pdf
 

Automated and zero emission vehicle infrastructure advice
Infrastructure Victoria has published the evidence base that will inform its advice to government, including a suite of technical reports and analysis and an overarching evidence base report that discusses the results.
The evidence base looks at what the benefits and impacts to Victoria could be from automated and zero emissions vehicles, based on the future scenarios we defined earlier this year. Our research looked at ten different topic areas, including energy, transport and land use modelling, ICT and finance.
https://yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/vehicles-advice
 

City of London to trial ULEV-only street
The City of London Corporation has announced plans to restrict vehicle use on one of its historic streets to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in a bid to tackle air pollution.
https://www.transport-network.co.uk/City-of-London-to-trial-ULEV-only-street/15260
 

Traffic Engineering 

Speed limits on M1 will change as traffic becomes congested
Drivers on the M1 may soon need to be aware of a constantly changing speed limit on one of Queensland's busiest roads.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey released the findings of the M1 review that followed the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/speed-limits-on-m1-will-change-as-traffic-becomes-congested-20180817-p4zy1b.html
 

Motorway gantry signs could be removed if trial proves successful
Thousands of unsightly motorway gantries could be torn down if a hi-tech 5G trial in Kent proves a success.

Later this year, Highways England will test futuristic new technology that will see speed limits, traffic news and weather reports beamed directly to vehicle dashboards.
https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/5g-trial-could-spell-end-of-motorway-gantries/
 

Web-based training for FHWAroadway lighting workshop
Lighting and control technologies are advancing rapidly. To help transportation agencies make decisions about appropriate roadway lighting, FHWA has published the FHWA Lighting Handbook. To assist in using the Handbook, FHWA has developed several educational modules.

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/night_visib/roadway_lighting_workshop/
 
> QUIRKY NEWS

Nothing is better than jumping in your car and hitting the road in search of an adventure, but what if your home was your car, essentially making every day an adventure.

From a 1966 GMC Commuter Greyhound that’s been converted into a home fit for a king, to a 90-seat double decker turned mobile chateau, bus-to-mobile-home conversions are more popular than ever.

Here is just a taste of some of the coolest conversions out there, each of which will make you want to buy a bus and hit the open road.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/coolest-bus-to-mobile-home-conversions/ 

Redundant sign posting
Do you really need to have a four-hour limit over a four-hour period?
Serving the workers

I am not sure if this is a community service or a good marketing approach.

But I like the fact that they are highlighting those who are doing an often thankless task.
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