Thinking outside the box 2016

  • Feasibility of increasing volumetric load of freight heavy vehicles 09 Dec 2016

    Mary Chiang

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently published an issues paper on increasing heavy vehicle (HV) volumetric load capacity without increasing mass limits in an effort to increase the productivity of road freight.  The NTC paper identified a number of key issues that require further consideration and resolution prior to developing a national policy for introducing higher productivity vehicles (HPVs) onto Australian roads. Read more

  • The crisis in the container shipping industry and its resolution 01 Nov 2016

    Michael Bell

    The recent bankruptcy of the world’s seventh largest container carrier, Hanjin Shipping, has sent shock waves through global supply chains. Read more

  • Self-drive motor vehicles lack sex appeal and a great deal more 01 Oct 2016

    Matthew Beck

    The self-driving car is often presented as the transportation technology of the future. But there remain many physical barriers to these vehicles and, for the average driver, a lot of psychological ones too. If these barriers are not overcome, the self-drive vehicle is destined for the same fate as electric car which has less than 2% of the market to show for 30 years of expensive research. Read more

  • Density matters 01 Sep 2016

    Geoffrey Clifton

    Transport planning and urban planning are two sides of the same coin: A successful public transport service needs residents, businesses and activities to generate passengers and a successful urban development needs good transport links to attract customers. However, too often urban planning and transport planning (and research and teaching) exists in silos with neither side talking to the other. Read more

  • The Impact of Slugs and Rabbits on the Throughput of Escalators 02 Aug 2016

    Michiel Bliemer

    There is empirical evidence from the UK that letting everyone stand on escalators yields a higher throughput than letting some people walk. This is counter-intuitive, so in this article we analyse this further. Read more

  • Smart Cities, Smart Thinking about Innovative Financing? 26 May 2016

    Martin Locke

    The Smart Cities Plan talks about the establishment of an Infrastructure Financing Unit to explore innovative financing, including private partnerships, balance sheet leveraging and value capture for major projects. My suggestion is that one of the first tasks of this new unit is to explore the application of the NAIF principles. Read more

  • When it is not optimal to look for an "Optimal Policy"? - The case of airport slot allocation 02 May 2016

    Xiaowen Fu

    Economists and operational researchers are trained to look for “optimal” solutions, especially when policy changes are considered. A failed policy will not only lead to substantial economic loss, but will also risk the decision-maker’s credentials. Although the aspiration for better policy should be encouraged, there is always uncertainty associated with any business and economic decisions. Read more

  • ‘Uberisation’ of Public Transport in the Digital Age - what is in store in the next 10 to 20 years? 19 Apr 2016

    David A. Hensher

    The opportunities for public transport to match customer expectation under a mobility service model are exciting but also disruptive in terms of current practices centred around mode-specific contracts, protected service areas and under-utilised capacity. Has the time arrived for the digital age to provide the much needed technological spur for the take off into the new mobility services era? Read more

  • Our PM is a transport agnostic – Hallelujah! 14 Mar 2016

    David Brown

    Transport planning has been unduly affected by a range of thinking that is not independent analysis, but rather a fundamentalism whose passion for a particular mode of transport has verged on religiosity. It is good to promote transport based on meeting people's needs not on the passionate feelings for one mode of travel. Read more

  • Infrastructure Banks: The solution to Australia’s infrastructure problems. 08 Mar 2016

    Alastair Stone

    Australia’s infrastructure financing, policies and investment planning institutions at Federal, State and Local levels are a dog’s breakfast of institutional arrangements. This article addresses the problems in the institutional arrangements that an “Infrastructure Bank” model could solve. Read more

  • Market Rules: Rebalancing power to restore fairness 03 Mar 2016

    Alastair Stone

    We all share the goal of a growing economy with wealth for all not just the few.  The Federal Government’s response to the Harper Report on Competition Policy Review is a recent example of activity on the economic policy front in pursuit of that goal.  Inherent in that report and other reviews such as into tax arrangements, is how the term “market” is used.  This discussion is about how the current use of this term has hidden many changes in the economic framework and what we need to do to restore fairness. Read more

  • Logistics information quality and availability in e-retail: The end consumer deserves better value 15 Feb 2016

    Jyotirmoyee Bhattacharjya and Andrew Collins

    A lot then is potentially riding on the quality of logistics information in B2C contexts. Are e-retailers and logistics service providers presently doing an adequate job in this respect? Read more

  • New South Wales Cycling Laws: One pedal forward, two pedals back 15 Jan 2016

    Stephen Greaves

    As most New South Wales residents were finalising their Christmas holiday plans, the NSW state government unveiled a package of regulations designed to 'help drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians Go Together safely'. Read more