PATREC works with government agencies and other researchers on the latest emerging topics.
2019 - 2021
Australian Transport Research Cloud (ATRC)
By providing transport researchers with streamlined access to the key datasets and open source analysis and modelling tools necessary to address complex transport issues facing our cities, the new Australian Transport Research Cloud (ATRC) will deliver the requisite knowledge base to inform smarter transport management, planning and policy making.
A collaboration between Australian transport researchers, planners and policy makers (from government, industry and private sector), the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). This project will provide a common platform comprising data, tools, storage, compute to support the needs of the Australian transport research community, by extending the existing AURIN platform.
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Econometrics, land use inputs, and strategic transport models
The project will improve the interactions between urban transport and land use systems, especially at the level of individual decision makers (households and enterprises). It will approach this through the provision of advanced econometric support in a practical implementation of a bid-rent model structure and parameter estimation as part of a newly established land use model. This will produce robust and high-quality household and business activity inputs to transport modelling.
This is necessary to facilitate the understanding of impacts of new and emerging transport technologies and behaviour changes (including the effects of autonomous vehicles, shared vehicle ownership, shared car driving and ride-sharing, and voluntary household behavioural change), enabling the land use model to better estimate behavioural responses through the incorporation of location choices of households and business.
This research will contribute to providing an enhanced understanding of:
- the econometrics theory underlying the model
- estimating and using the bid function
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Enhanced vehicle detection at traffic signals and on smart freeways
The project will investigate alternative vehicle detection technologies for traffic signal control and smart freeway operations through a comparative desktop analysis and field trials of shortlisted technologies at two locations (intersection and freeway). This research will be used to inform decisions on future traffic network investments, primarily through the future enhanced detection installation business case and delivery strategy, particularly for future smart freeway projects.
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Managing transport system investment risk: enhancing patronage predictions and adapting strategic asset management and appraisal processes to account for emerging trends and uncertainty.
For transport planners and government transport agencies, the uncertainties of emerging technologies and changing trends challenge conventional transportation decision-making, both for long- and short-term planning. The purpose of this project is to adapt key existing planning tools, guidelines and frameworks to account for uncertainty of changing trends and emerging technologies. This will enable the Transport Portfolio of WA to better manage transport infrastructure investment risks.
Public confidence in use and roll-out of shared, automated and electric – retirement village shuttle bus trial.
This overall purpose of this project is to provide unique experimental data on the effects of exposure to and trial of a SAEV on older people’s attitudes, intentions, and behaviours relating to SAEV use.
Industrial land analysis – freight demand forecasting.
The aim of this project is to further our understanding of Fremantle container trade and its relationship to freight transport usage across Perth and Western Australia. A particular focus of the project is to assist in the analysis of intermodal freight activity and to inform government policy aimed at improving intermodal usage into the future.
2017 - 2019
Addressing Future Uncertainties of Perth at 3.5 million: What-if Scenarios for Mass Transit.
Informed the implementation of P&P@3.5 million – research into LU mix and intensity at stations and activity corridors to support 11% mode share target thereby informing business plans for investment in station precincts.
Factors Affecting Travel Behaviour Change.
Research to target the most appropriate travel demand management interventions for different demographic groups to reach 11% aspirational mode share targets in the transport plan for P&P@3.5.
An Appraisal of Travel Plans and Voluntary Transport Behaviour Projects.
Research to identify and and allow for appraisal of a targeted suite of TDM instruments that will be necessary in managing congestion. In particular, travel plans and DOT’s flagship voluntary travel behaviour change (VTBC) program, Your Move.
Understanding Travel Behaviour Patterns and Trends.
Performance monitoring in near real time – feed into the Directions/P&P@3.5 Annual Report Card; public transport on demand matrix validation, improve strategic modelling assumptions; inform PARTS survey sample frame, supporting evidence-based policy formulation.
Understanding Road Freight Demand Generation Patterns Per Industry Type – Perth Road Freight Analysis.
Provided data on road freight activity (scale, nature, origin-destination pattern and growth trends) and support planning for economic clusters.
RailSmart Wanneroo Planning Support System
A proof-of-concept Planning Support System which demonstrates the application of academic research to better inform public decision making. Using evidence-based modelling, future development scenarios in terms of employment creation and public transport patronage in the City of Wanneroo can be tested.
RAC Pulse of Perth
The real-time travel patterns of Perth commuters captured in a timelapse video.
2013 - 2016
Independent Transport Modelling Review.
Responding to transport modelling needs, capabilities and gaps, identified through a rigorous transport modelling stakeholder engagement process, the review examined current transport modelling practices in Perth, benchmarking them against best practice in Australia and overseas.
Congestion Abatement through Travel Demand Management.
Developed a working definition of travel demand management (TDM), capturing various perceptions on what travel demand management is thought to be and compile a matrix of measures being implemented. Focus was placed on approaches to assess TDM policies targeted at congestion mitigation including measures of congestion.
Mass Rapid Transit @3.5
Activity Centres: Making Land Use and Transport Work – Stations in or near freeway medians – reconciling node/place conflicts.
AURIN WA Data Hub.
Stated Preference Survey – Experimental Design.
WA Freight Studies – Stage 2.
The Urban Freight project provides a qualitative understanding of freight vehicle usage per industry sector supply chain, starting with the grocery sector of the retail industry as a pilot to provide a platform for a more fine-grained analytical study.
Activity Centre Accessibility.
Infrastructure Funding Research Priorities and Project Planning.
- Use of Mobile Fitness Application Data to Model Bicycle Usage Patterns
- Suburbs Research for Australian Cities
- Transport Technology Futures
- Travel Behaviour Change
- Employment self-sufficiency
ARC LIEF Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure (UADI) Project.
iMOVE Bid-related seed projects:
- Network operations research needs
- Freight industry research needs
Creating Age Friendly Communities: Local Transport Solutions Project
PATREC contributed the component of Evaluation of age-friendly community pilot transport services to a broader project which was used to inform the development of an Integrated Transport Strategy for the Wheatbelt to allow older residents across the Wheatbelt to better access key services and infrastructure
Urban – Freight vehicle usage of Perth metropolitan area roads – Regional – Grain freight activity on southern Wheatbelt roads
A qualitative understanding of freight vehicle usage per industry sector supply chain, starting with the retail industry to provide a platform for more fine-grained analytical study.
The Regional Freight project wa a first attempt to gain some systematic knowledge of grain road freight usage