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June 2014

Exploring Transport Options for Asian Cities
Many Asian countries are experiencing significant urbanisation and confront related transport challenges in their cities due to sprawl, congestion, pollution, safety and access. A seminar on 24 June in Tokyo jointly organised by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ITF explored future policy directions in the context of the ASEAN-Japan Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM), which brings together the region's Vice-Ministers in charge of transport. In his keynote, ITF Secretary-General José Viegas emphasised the importance of smarter modal integration and land use policies. He particularly highlighted the ongoing conceptual shift from transport as a provider of mobility to an enabler of access. Viegas also underlined ITF's commitment to intensify relations with the emerging nations of the region.
(Photo: tokyoform | Flickr cc)

More on ITF's work on urban transport

Seminar Programme (pdf)

ITF Calls for Wider Integration of Intelligent Transport Systems
The need to consider intelligent transport systems (ITS) in the wider framework of planning processes, regulation, concession of services and power allocation across administrations was the key message from ITF Secretary-General José Viegas at the Ministerial Session of the 10th ITS European Congress held on 16-19 June in Helsinki, Finland. Mr Viegas delivered his remarks in the presence of Finland's Minister of Transport Henna Virkkunen and European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas. Viegas also participated in two plenary sessions focusing on open data and markets for mobility.

More information on the 10th ITS European Congress (external website)

New Research Sheds More Light on Project Cost Overruns
Cost overruns for large infrastructure projects are a major concern for decision makers. Most current research focuses on optimism bias and strategic misrepresentation by bidders as explanations. New research by ITF Economist Dr Dejan Makovsek suggests another factor - using average historical bid data rather than project-specific data - for cost estimates is at work and should be factored into the current forecasting methods. The paper has just been published in the latest issue of Transport Policy (Elsevier).
(Photo: World Bank Photo Collection | Flickr cc)

Go to abstract of paper Systematic construction risk, cost estimation mechanism and unit price movements

ITF work on infrastructure

MobiPrize to Honour New Mobility Entrepreneurship
The University of Michigan's SMART programme, with which ITF has collaborated in a number of ways, has launched a new award to encourage new mobility entrepreneurship. The MobiPrize is open to cities, states, government departments and agencies that encourage a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable transport. Awards will be presented during the Intelligent Transport Society's (ITS) World Congress in Detroit, USA, in September 2014. The deadline for applications is 7 July 2014.
Pictured: Philippe Crist, Susan Zielinski, Santhosh Kodukula launching the SMART MobiPrize at ITF 2014 Summit.

More information on MobiPrize (external link)

Video interview on MobiPrize (external link)


Forum Activities
Key outcomes of the 2014 Summit on "Transport for a Changing World" were at the centre of the keynote address by ITF Head of Policy and Summit Preparation Mary Crass (pictured) at the PTV Group's Shaping Transportation conference on 26 May in Berlin, Germany. PTV Group are a member of the ITF Corporate Partnership Board.
Photo: © PTV Group / Harald Fuhr

Mary Crass also represented the ITF at a Stakeholder Roundtable organised by Michelin, also an ITF Corporate Partnership Board Member, in Clermont Ferrand, France on 14 May.

ITF sponsored a special policy-focused opening plenary session on Cost-Benefit Analysis of Long-Term Transportation Infrastructure Investments at the International Transport Economics Association (ITEA) Conference in Toulouse, France, on 5-7 June. Head of Research Stephen Perkins represented ITF at the special session which takes forward research by the ITF Working Group on Assessment of Policies for Long-Term Transition to Sustainable Transport.

Stephen Perkins joined rail industry leaders and research experts to discuss the potential for competition in the high-speed rail sector and to share Italy's experience to date at the Transforum Seminar in Rome, Italy, on 12-13 June. The Transforum project is a discussion forum on the implementation of goals set out in the European Commission's 2011 White Paper on transport.
Transforum Project website

The European Commission's Transport Advisory Group met in Brussels, Belgium on 13 May. The group comprises around 30 senior research stakeholders who provide guidance to the Commission on implementing the multibillion euro Horizon 2020 framework research programme. Head of Research Stephen Perkins represented ITF.

Innovation in aviation focusing on air traffic management was the theme of a presentation by ITF Transport Researcher Antigoni Lykotrafiti at the 3rd Aviation Conference of the Hellenic Aviation Society in Athens, Greece on 12 May.

A presentation on the economics and logistics of ports in Latin America was delivered at the Port Finance International (PFI) Conference in Mexico City, Mexico by ITF's Olaf Merk on 4 June. The conference aims to inform port-related actors on new port developments and investment opportunities. A study mission to the port of Veracruz followed the conference.

Olaf Merk also participated in a study mission to the Belgian port city of Antwerp on 17-18 June. The focus of the mission was on long-term port competitiveness and mobility issues. A preliminary report on mobility and institutional framework will be followed by a final report at the end of 2014.

ITF is very pleased to welcome two new staff members:
Kazuya Fukuhara joins ITF as a summer intern and is completing his Master's Degree in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, USA. At ITF he will research transport challenges for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for foreign tourists. Following his studies, he will return to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT).

Olaf Merk has joined the ITF on a six-month secondment from the OECD's Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, where he has directed the Port-Cities Programme.



ITF in the Media
The Financial Times | 23 June
Regulator in driving seat over US vehicle safety
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The Guardian | 23 June
Cycling accidents rising in Australia

ABC Australia | 23 June
Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard to attempt to fly around the world in solar plane

ABC Australia | 25 June
The new app guiding drivers to empty spots

eNCANews (South Africa) | 22 June
International Transport Forum looks at how mobility can be a catalyst for change

IHS Airport 360 | 15 June
Singapore strides towards ASEAN Single Aviation Market

ABC News | 11 June
Making the switch to electric cars
ITS World Congress Intelligent Transport Systems
Detroit, USA
7-11 September 2014

OSIT2014: 2nd International Occupational Safety in Transport Conference
Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety Queensland Gold Coast, Australia
18-19 September 2014

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