What do we want from government transport policy in the 21st century?

The prime reason governments intervene in the transport policy domain is often stated at deriving from some form of “market failure”. That is to say, if things were left to individual firms and persons in our society, a sub-optimal, or more likely unacceptable situation would arise.

A classic example of transport policy intervention occurs in public transport, which generally operates at a loss, so no private sector provider would provide services for those who cannot access a private car. Social exclusion occurs. And of course, when a lot of cars try to access a busy place, such as a CBD, congestion and other unacceptable impacts like air pollution arise. [Read more…]

How better transport results from land use planning

Why is understanding the linkages between land use and transport so important for transport and planning professionals?

Transport is a primarily a derived demand, we travel in order to get to a destination, to undertake an activity and to carry goods. Land use is a key determinant of the need, when, how, and where to travel.

So learning how to influence land use and develop integrated transport plans means you will become one of the critical few transport and planning professionals who have this knowledge and know what an be done. [Read more…]

What are the options for more transport funding?

Transport professionals need to find innovative ways to deliver transport projects in the face of demands for do more for less.

These challenges have resulted from:

  • strong passenger and freight transport demand
  • governments at all levels tighten budgets, to get their finances in order
  • costs to provide and maintain services and infrastructure have been rising
  • revenue from traditional tax sources is being used to meet other government priorities
  • users are seeking improved service levels for transport by cars, trucks and public transport
  • user pays is not on the political agenda.

How can we think differently about how to resource transport programs? [Read more…]

How to use lean project management for transport projects and programs

Smart transport professionals deliver the greatest impact for the resources that they have available, by using a systematic approach to planning and delivering lean transport projects.

Lean project management is about delivering more value for less. The key is stripping away everything that does not add value in terms of providing outcomes for the end user. [Read more…]

Do more for less – introduce disruptive innovation in transport

Disrupt-MGThe biggest issue facing transport professionals is how to improve productivity – deliver more in a constrained resource environment.

As consumers, we are accustomed to the constant productivity improvements in technology and related services that lead to dramatic price reductions and performance improvements – known as disruptive innovation.

Past examples of disruptive innovations include the car compared to a horse and carriage, email compared to postal mail, or the personal computer compared to mainframe computers.

Can disruptive innovation be part of the solution to transport budget constraints? [Read more…]

Transport Business Cases – 7 success principles to make options real

7Investment appraisal is about deciding the option that promises the best return, relative to the risk of failure involved. What are the success principles that help you in developing a robust business case?

For a private investor considering an investment, the project option that returns the best profit, relative to the amount invested and the risk of that investment, is likely to prevail. And if the private investor could earn a better rate if they invested in a low risk product such as a 10 year government bond, why would they risk doing any project? [Read more…]

Use DICE to beat the odds

Successful project management use DICE factors to beat the odds.dicelogo

Ask four different project managers what are the critical factors of successful delivered projects and you will probably get four different answers. This is because they each would have different lessons learned from their own experience.

Extensive research by the Boston Consulting Group found a correlation between the outcomes (success or failure) of change programs and four hard factors – referred to as DICE factors: duration between project reviews; performance integrity or the capability of the project team; commitment of both management and staff; and additional effort involved in implementation. Although originally developed at BCG, this has now become widespread in project and program management offices. [Read more…]

Key steps in managing transport outcomes to do more with less

In the current constrained fiscal climate it is more and more important to be able to manage our policy initiatives or projects to achieve the greatest impact for limited funds available and make efficient use of scarce resources.

This requires us to identify and manage transport outcomes, do more with less, and ensure the greatest value for money.

At the whole of government level the benefits or the outcomes generally for under three categories: economy, society, environment. This is also referred to as the triple bottom line. [Read more…]