May A.,Loughborough University |
Parker C.J.,Loughborough University |
Parker C.J.,University of Manchester |
Taylor N.,Integrated Transport Planning Ltd |
Ross T.,Loughborough University
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies | Year: 2014
This study investigates the impact of using a concept map-based 'mashup' (www.accessadvisr.net) to provide volunteered (i.e. user contributed) ease of access information to travellers with limited mobility. A scenario-based user trial, centred around journey planning, was undertaken with 20 participants, divided equally between (1) those who have physical restrictions on their mobility, due to disability, illness or injury, and (2) those with practical mobility constraints due to being parents with young children who have to use a child's pushchair when using public transport. Both user groups found the concept useful, but its potential impact was less for the pushchair user group. There were mixed views in relation to the ability of the mashup to convey the trustworthiness, credibility and reliability of information necessary for journey planning. The study identified a number of key information-related user requirements which help enable effective design of user contributed web-based resources for travellers with mobility-related issues. © 2014 The Authors.
Parker J.,Integrated Transport Planning Ltd |
Walker C.,Humber Rural Pathfinder Programme Manager |
Johnson R.,Integrated Transport Planning Ltd
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Transport | Year: 2011
Car sharing has become synonymous with sustainable transport planning across the UK, but to date there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of different approaches in different settings and contexts. Research undertaken by Integrated Transport Planning Ltd in 2010 on behalf of the Yorkshire and Humber Rural Affairs and Rural Transport Forums has examined the extent, reach and coverage of current car sharing schemes in the Yorkshire and Humberregion, with the aim of assessing their potential for improving access to employment, training and key services for people in areas of geographic isolation. The research shows that car sharing has the potential to play a far greater role in transport strategy without the need for significant investment. The paper combines the 2010 research findings with a review of earlier research and explores the contribution that car sharing can play in reducing carbon emissions and improving access to services.
Kaenzig R.,Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. |
Mobereola D.,Metropolitan Transportation Authority |
Brader C.,Integrated Transport Planning Ltd.
Transportation Research Record | Year: 2010
Africa's first bus rapid transit (BRT) scheme became operational in March 2008 in Lagos, Nigeria. Termed "BRT-Lite," this new form of BRT focuses on the delivery of improved quality of life within a modest budget. The implementation program, from conception to operation, was collapsed into a 15-month time frame; that together with its delivery cost of $1.7m/km made its development unique and its experience relevant to cities throughout the world seeking to develop BRT. BRT-Lite's success cannot be explained by its infrastructure; it is also the result of a holistic approach. That approach involved reorganization of the bus industry, the financing of new buses, the creation of a new institutional structure and regulatory framework of support, and the training of personnel to drive, maintain, enforce, and manage the BRT. While these challenges were being met, the public was engaged and informed about a transportation system of which it had no previous knowledge. Public reception of the concept was immediate and positive. An assessment of BRT-Lite, which followed its inception, found the scheme to be an unprecedented success. The critical success factors were defined as significant and consistent political commitment, the presence and capabilities of a strategic public transport authority, a scheme definition that concentrated on essential user needs and deliverability within a budget and program, engagement of key stakeholders, assurances that the benefits would be widespread, and a community engagement program to ensure that BRT-Lite was seen as a community project created, owned, and used by Lagosians. The future challenge is to meet high demand through rollout of the BRT network.
Kaenzig R.,Integrated Transport Planning Ltd.
Traffic Engineering and Control | Year: 2010
With extraordinary levels of demand for public transport in its cities, Africa is an exciting place to develop new transit systems. Catering for such demand brings its own challenges, particularly at an operational level in providing the necessary capacity to satisfy travel movements. Bus-based systems can meet the levels of demand through the provision of high bus frequency and dedicated in frastructure. However, as the frequency of operations increases, greater stress is placed on the operating infrastructure and system management. With lower tolerance to disruption, careful design and planning is required to ensure that the system operates efficiently not only in perfect conditions where all elements run as planned, but can cope when things don't run as smoothly. The transit system design process must ensure that the infrastructure, service plan and operational management work together to ensure efficient operations in the conditions within which the system must operate. This paper looks at how microsimulation can serve as a valuable tool by testing the system design under the inherent day-to-day variability affecting operations.