How to design a system to better meet transport objectives

Submitted by john on Tue, 17/12/2019 - 20:25

Proper oversight of the transport system will identify and address broad outstanding issues, using solutions that are most likely to have a satisfactory outcome, from the available options, including those currently under development. The following steps apply here:

1. Transport Objectives and Requirements
Many issues are long running and have established measures and objectives. Some have tried and tested solutions that can be assessed and adopted as requirements. Others have been neglected and solutions must be imagined to derive requirements.

2. Design for Objectives and Requirements
Building a mind map of the objectives and requirements will yield some prime factors that are common and other requirements that are confined to one issue. The search for a solution that satisfies most of the requirements will leave some shortfalls, but will be major progress.

3. Comparison of Transport Alternatives
Modelling the outcomes of existing and potential transport options as additions to the existing systems, will serve to focus on the options to be pursued.

4. Warrants for Aerial Podcars
Despite the coarseness of this analysis, the aerial podcar option seems to be the only one with any chance of satisfying the objectives. It justifies rigorous due diligence, particularly of patronage and freight, followed by a test track and then a pilot route.

Cars are convenient, safe, secure, direct, prompt, reliable, and preferable for a wide variety of trips. Volume 2 of the Australian Infrastructure Audit shows 88% of urban trips are by car. But in the city, if everyone uses a car to commute or attend major events, there is serious congestion and delay, including from crashes and roadworks, loss of amenity, particularly along arterial roads, and conflict with pedestrians and cyclists. Congestion, emissions, costs, and road rage arise.

Technology for a new, additional, mode of transport is capable of inducing major mode change, on the proven bases of trip time, reliability and cost, with major improvement in each.

The chart reveals that performance for many transport options is going backwards, despite substantial programs of improvements over the years. Ticks are going forward and crosses are going backwards.