ITS Monday: Edition 44, 2020
This week’s small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Included this week: working from home and transport policy, trackless trams, ‘Uber for public transport’, a $7 billion transport revolution, and more.
And just in case you hadn’t caught it yet, we have a new series of interviews with transport professionals – Effects of COVID on the transport sector – what they see now, what they would like to happen post-pandemic, and what they think will happen. If you’d like to be join this conversation, drop us a line!
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Professor David Hensher (find out more about David and his work in this interview) is the lead researcher on our Working from Home: Revising metro strategic transport models project, and he has written more about the timely topic in this article for The Conversation, a co-write with Matthew Beck, Associate Professor in Infrastructure Management, University of Sydney.READ THE ARTICLE
And in counterpoint to the positive possibilities of a reaction to COVID, this. An article from The Guardian, resulting from a survey conducted by that publication in conjunction with the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project, of 26,000 people in 25 countries, in July and August.READ THE ARTICLE
Meanwhile, details of a demand responsive transport trial in the Logan area, just north of the Gold Coast, a ‘public transport version of Uber’ as described by Benjamin Kaufman, of Griffith University’s Cities Research Institute.READ THE ARTICLE
Meanwhile, further south, in Geelong in Victoria, they’re thinking about another type of new public transport: trackless trams. This piece is by Jennifer Cromarty, CEO of the Committee for Geelong (an independent, non-partisan, membership-based organisation).READ THE ARTICLE
And in our last Australian-based article in this week’s ITS Monday, this from Alison Lee, Associate Director at Urbis. ‘… as the recent re-lockdown in Melbourne has highlighted, there is a need to build space for kids to walk and cycle safely in our urban areas for longer-term resilience.’READ THE ARTICLE
‘UPS International Sustainability Director Peter Harris talks e-bikes, smart grids and other innovations to manage congestion and reduce emissions in urban delivery.’
READ THE ARTICLE
Is it claims for first at three paces between Honda and Tesla? Or indeed any number of automakers? This from Reuters, of Honda’s announcement about the capabilities of a future model of the Honda Legend.READ THE ARTICLE
‘The Catalan capital’s celebrated pedestrian-first zones are expanding to cover most of the city center, Mayor Ada Colau announced.’ 21 streets in Barcelona’s Eixample district will become a kind of super-superblock — vehicle traffic will only be permitted around the perimeter, leaving streets within the district only accessible by motor vehicle to residents, essential services or deliveries.READ THE ARTICLE
The Texas capital will build a 31-station rail system, rapid bus routes, and bike lanes to get more people out of cars, and is expected to take an estimated 250,000 daily car trips off its streets.
Be the battery, that’s the design possibility that’s ahead for electric vehicles. ‘There’s a renaissance underway in structural battery research, which aims to build energy storage into the very devices and vehicles they power.’READ THE ARTICLE