Topic Area G:
Transport Planning and Policy

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TAM: Stephen Ison*

Topic Area G covers the institutional processes of developing and implementing transport plans and policies at local, regional and national levels. It includes consideration of institutional structures, stakeholder involvement, decision-making processes, objective setting, problem identification, strategic option generation, the application of predictive models and appraisal methods to policy assessment, identification and resolution of barriers, implementation and policy transfer addressing also transport policies for tourism and mass events and emerging policy issues. Public transport planning and policy is part of this topic area.

Session Tracks:

  1. G1: Governance and Decision-making Processes (Greg Marsden and Louise Reardon)*
    The session track will cover research contributions on the impact of organizational structures and political processes on transport policy outcomes. The thrust of the session track is to critically reflect the adherence to the metaphor of an independent planner or normative visions for transport planning. The track will cover positive and normative research in this area. The positive contributions will be on the influence of voting, of organized interests as well as different forms of legislative and executive power on policy outcomes. Normative studies will focus on how to reduce political rents by appropriate institutional structures and how to reduce political transaction costs by planners taking a pro-active role in informing the public and engaging relevant stakeholders.

    G2: National and Regional Transport Planning and Policy (Guenter Emberger)*
    The aim of this session track is to provide planning and policy for both passenger and freight transport at both the national and regional level. It includes all transport modes that contribute to national and regional economic development, climate change and quality of life. Policy topics are not limited to harmonious traffic movement, regulation and deregulation, traffic management and control, tools for assessing and evaluating policy options, infrastructure development and private-public partnership.

    G3: Urban Transport Planning and Policy (Maria Attard and Stephen Ison)*
    This session track focuses on urban transport planning and policy and seeks to enhance the understanding of the design, implementation and performance of urban transport policy instruments be that road pricing, parking measures or more general transport demand management measures. The intention is to collate experience on the performance, and to establish good practice in the evaluation of such instruments and to encourage the development of interactive learning methods in the subject area for students, practitioners and decision makers. This Topic Area also includes policy issues relating to tourism and the holding of mass events.

    G4: Cultural and Social Issues in Transport (Karen Lucas)*
    A key feature of this session track is to understand the cultural and social influencers of people’s movements through time and space. A specific aim is to better understand why and how people’s physical and virtual interactions with the transport system are socially and spatially differentiated and to examine the social consequences of their mobility and immobility. We seek to explore this against a background of key societal transformations such as population ageing, the proliferation of new information technologies, and growing income polarities within and between nations. The theme is designed to attract the wide participation of academics in other relevant disciplines outside the transport sector, such as geography, urban planning, public health, anthropology and the political and social sciences, with the specific aim of developing new theoretical narratives and innovative methodological approaches.

    G5: Transport Security (Yoram Shiftan)*
    This session track focuses on protecting our transport network including airports, water ports, highways, tunnels and bridges, rail and mass transit. These infrastructures may face various threats, namely biological, chemical, nuclear (dirty bombs), cyber, or natural disasters.  Papers will address questions of target protection, target hardening, and response provisions. Papers can cover a broad spectrum of disciplines including but not limited to technology, communication, public policy, public administration, economics, risk and insurance, transportation engineering, and travel behaviour.

    G6: Disaster Resilience in Transport (Huapu Lu and Ashish Verma)*
    This session track focuses on the performance and resilience of transport systems before, during and after abnormal conditions (or disasters), such as natural calamities, inclement weather, large-scale public activities and traffic accidents. In recent years, different types of disaster have damaged transport systems seriously. Hence, we seek to investigate how disasters affect transport systems and how to improve transport system’s ‘anti-disaster’ ability. This topic includes mechanisms of the impact of disasters on transport, transport planning considering disaster issues, transport incident early-warning systems, traffic flow characteristics and management during abnormal conditions as well as reconstruction of traffic facilities after a disaster.

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