Current projects

2016/17 Projects

For further information about PATREC projects please contact the project lead or the PATREC office.

1  Addressing Future Uncertainties of Perth at 3.5 million: What-if Scenarios for Mass Transit

Purpose:  The aim of this research project is to develop a robust empirical foundation to improve the understanding of how various infill land-use scenarios and behavioural changes will affect travel demand for public transport in 2050 and beyond and, conversely, how alternative transport solutions and broad alignments will influence urban infill.

Research Questions:

  • Through a classification of station precincts, what is the appropriate infill response (land use mix and intensity) for different station typologies and what are the impacts on patronage?
  • What are the critical density, diversity, and patronage tipping points and threshold levels to inform where and at which stage land-use changes require additional infrastructure or support additional services and when the change is sufficient for viable patronage levels?
  • What are the investments/actions (land-use mix and intensity, infrastructure and non-infrastructure) required to maximise potential synergy (transit and place functions) at particular stations?

Project Lead:  Assoc Prof Doina Olaru (UWA)

Steering Committee: Craig Shepherd, Damien Martin, Sue Hellyer, Renlong Han, Louise Howells, Coan Harvey

2   Factors Affecting Travel Behaviour Choice

Purpose:  The purpose of this research is to gain an increased understanding of human factors in travel behaviour change and how these integrate with new technologies:  1) Social-psychological insights for tailoring interventions for different demographic segments to reach mode share targets; and 2) Scenario planning for technical and social change – disruptive technologies and social change impacts on future travel behaviour and demand.

Research Questions:

  • What are the social-psychological motivators influencing travel attitudes and behaviours in different demographic groups which need to be accounted for in tailoring interventions for different demographic segments to change behaviour and reach mode share targets?
  • What are the social-psychological attitudes and potential travel behaviours in response to technical and social change?

Project Lead:  Dr Cath Ferguson (ECU)

Steering Committee: Simon Grieve, Renlong Han, Rafal Gorecki

3  An Appraisal of Travel Plans and Voluntary Transport Behaviour Projects

Purpose:  The project will develop a high level decision support tool to assist the appraisal of TDM policies and projects related to travel plans for new developments and VTBC programs. A rapid appraisal model (RAM) will be developed to support economic benefit cost assessments of a rough order of magnitude for highly detailed TDM initiatives.

Research Questions:

  • What standardised evidence-based method should be used to appraise specific travel plans for new developments and VTBC projects in order to prioritise TDM funding?
  • What are the benefits of travel plans for new developments and VTBC programs when included as a component of supply side projects including roads, railways and bike paths?
  • What standardised evidence-based method should be used to monitor and evaluate the impacts of travel plans and VTBC projects in order to justify TDM funding as well as make subsequent funding decisions?

Project Lead:  Dr Brett Smith (UWA)

Steering Committee: Sue Hellyer, Alison Bunbury, Andrew Wilkinson, Craig Shepherd, Simon Cox, Louise Howells, Mehdi Langroudi, Coan Harvey, Renlong Han, Liam Heitson

4  Understanding Travel Behaviour Patterns and Trends

Project 4.1 Purpose: This project will inform policy making by bridging the gap between data and modelling output. A generalised data mining framework for analysing travel behaviour patterns will be developed. The framework will include the ability to incorporate explanatory variables beyond transport, such as socio-economic factors, and support the generation of indicators along with the automation of data modelling.

Project 4.2 Purpose:  This project takes a new, data-driven, approach for learning customer profiles from their actual travel patterns. For example, what are the different types of customers? What are the driving factors for hub utilisation? To answer these types of questions a system is being developed for querying, analysis and data mining, to support the overall knowledge discovery process centred on customers, hubs, and journeys.  The project will deliver analysis methods for discovering patterns and software tools to facilitate that analysis and for visualisation of the results for policy makers.

Research Questions:

  • What are the spatial-temporal transport usage patterns as evident from SmartRider data in relation to socio-economic factors?
  • What are the origin-destination travel patterns, as determined from SmartRider and other available data, and how do they compare to modelled patterns?
  • Are there any new patterns of travel which can be discovered through data mining of SmartRider data?

Project Lead:  Dr Simon Moncrieff (Curtin)

Steering Committee: Damien Martin, Wes Soet, Kamal Weeratunga, Graham Jacoby, Charlotte Hayes, Sue Hellyer, Rosie Selby, Renlong Han, Laura Cook, Martin Baumgartner

5  Understanding Freight Demand Generation Patterns Per Industry Type

Purpose:  The purpose of the proposed study is to support the planning for economic clusters by providing a comprehensive overview of the freight patterns generated by industrial activities of varying types in metropolitan Perth.

Research Questions:

  • What are the freight patterns generated by different types of industrial activity in metropolitan Perth?
  • What is the freight generating potential of businesses specialising in warehousing, distribution and logistics, in strategic areas such as Kewdale-Forrestfield-Hazelmere and the port precincts?
  • Why do businesses of various types locate in particular areas, and what are the barriers and costs associated with relocation to other areas, including new industrial zones, which might offer economic benefits?
  • What is the potential for improved use of rail for metropolitan freight by the various industrial activity sectors?

Project Lead:  Tim Hoffman (Consultant)

Steering Committee: Craig Shepherd, Anne-Marie Brits, Caroline Elliott, Wes Soet