Mass Rapid Transport: Choices for Improved Urban Accessibility

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Alternatives analysis for mass rapid transit is not merely a traditional feasibility study; it is grounded in the need to consider the modes choices and achieve multi-modal system integration as a critical delivery – by making each alternative as competitive as possible.

An Alternatives Analysis output seeks to deliver the most comprehensive solution to the problem – rather than the most convenient, pre-defined, or populist solution. For a comprehensive, and fundamentally unbiased, analysis to be carried out there needs to be an integrated approach to the needs of urban transport within either the city as a whole, suburbs, specific corridors or sub-areas. In many cases this may be a combination of Public Transport (PT), Non-Motorised Transport (NMT), Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and the infrastructure investment or adaptation, operations, management and public transport service improvements to comprehensively address the urban transport problems including, but not limited to, congestion.

The analysis focuses on making public and non-motorized transport safer and more attractive; whilst trying to achieve the cost effectiveness for the user and the authority, and there are certain factors that will impact the mass transit mode requirements that range from Strategic goals and objectives (Transport, Land use, Social, environment, economic etc) to current and future general travel and any existing rapid transit market; to the future multi-modal transport network size, condition, performance and future land use patterns…offset against the financial resources, current and future needs.

In this webinar James will discuss:

  • Development of Integrated Masterplans
  • Alternatives Analysis
  • Mass Transit comparisons for costs versus capacity
  • The changing face of public transport
  • Intelligent Transport Systems and Mobility as a Service solutions


James Tinnion-Morgan (MSc, CMILT, MCIHT): Tonkin & Taylor

James has over 28 years’ experience in a wide variety of Transport Planning and Engineering projects, both in Asia Pacific and Europe and has been extensively involved in the delivery of large scale transport solutions; providing specialist advice for public transport integration with a particular focus on public transport masterplanning and the evaluation / design of mass rapid transit and Intelligent Transport System (ITS) schemes.


This webinar is part of a series cohosted by The Sustainability Society and the Transportation Group, and supported by EngineeringNZ, to stimulate discussion and knowledge sharing across a range of sustainability issues within the transportation arena. This series is relevant not only to transportation professionals but to the wider built environment and urban planning community where considerations of movement, accessibility and resilience are crucial to taking a system-wide integrated approach to our cities.

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