Thinking outside the box 2018

  • Traffic safety in developing countries: Is colonialism still to blame? 04 Sep 2018

    Nina Verszosa

    This think piece discusses three aspects where vestiges of colonialism may have impacted traffic safety in rapidly globalising less developed countries (LDCs). Read more

  • Guess what - I actually like driving my car! 08 Aug 2018

    David A. Hensher

    The interest in autonomous cars in both the popular, industry and academic literatures is becoming overwhelming. Read more

  • Refocussing Benefit-Cost Analysis: Start with a Budget 16 Jul 2018

    David A. Hensher

    It is common practice in Benefit-Cost analysis (BCA) in the transport sector to pre-define a corridor where future investments may be attractive, and to undertake a formal appraisal on a few selected options. But what if we started with a given budget spend for the project instead of allowing that to vary across project options? Read more

  • The final race for WestConnex 19 Jun 2018

    Martin Locke

    Recent press reports have indicated that the shortlisted bidders for the 51% equity stake in Sydney Motorway Corporation (“SMC”) being sold by the NSW Government, are now in the process of preparing final binding bids scheduled for the second half of July. Read more

  • Abuse of private financing 15 May 2018

    Martin Locke

    Does the demise of the UK Private Finance Initiative (PFI) suggest where the Australian PPP market is headed? How applicable are the findings of the recently published UK National Audit Office report on PFI for Australian PPPs? Read more

  • The Data Driven Supply Chain: A Retail Perspective 24 Apr 2018

    Gareth Jude, Behnam Fahimnia

    Supply chains have existed since the earliest days of human civilisation, but the idea of supply chain management is a relatively recent concept. At the core of supply chain management is the idea that more value is created by collaboration than by competition. Read more

  • On bias, bollocks and better practice 12 Apr 2018

    Adjunct Professor John Stanley

    ITLS researchers have played a leading role over the last decade in building understanding of links between mobility, social exclusion and well-being, working with colleagues from Monash and Melbourne Universities. This is the only international research, to our knowledge, that has produced values of trip making as a contributor to reducing risks of social exclusion.  Read more

  • Adelaide can lead the field with the right transport technology 21 Mar 2018

    David Brown

    Adelaide has the chance to be a world leader with autonomous vehicles, but probably not in the area that is currently getting the most publicity. Read more

  • Is it a bus? Is it a train? Notes on modal etymology and nomenclature 05 Mar 2018

    Yale Z Wong

    London has the tube, New York has the subway and Paris has the metro. Each name carries deep historical connotations which have since transcended their original meaning and evolved to become generic terms for urban passenger heavy rail transport. Read more

  • Up or Out: Travel Demand and Thirty Minute Cities 16 Feb 2018

    David Levinson

    Each technological advance in mobility over the past 200 years increased the size of metropolitan areas. Will autonomous vehicles follow the path well worn by earlier technologies?

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  • Eradicating Road Accidents: A Driverless Future? 09 Feb 2018

    Stephen Greaves

    Much has been debated about the driverless future and what we should be doing to prepare: When is it coming and in what form? Will we embrace it for ourselves and our loved ones? Will vehicle ownership and usage change? Will congestion get better or worse? Will it free up space in our cities? What are the implications for public transport, cycling and walking? Read more

  • When is Car Sharing Value for Money: the car centric traveller? 30 Jan 2018

    David Hensher

    There may be many car owners where the economics of sharing does not stack up until we have shared autonomous vehicles that have significantly lower user costs (i.e., no driver wages for example). All the while we have a driver in a shared car, the economics are not very attractive for regular car (centric) users. This is the dominant travel mode in most cities in Australia, and hence I anticipate that the exercise below reflects a circumstance of many current car owners and users.

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