Selected Case Studies

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Gold Coast Southern & Central Area Transport Strategy

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) initiated the Gold Coast Southern and Central Area Transport Study (GCSCATS) in recognition of the need to provide a more sustainable and integrated transport system for the Gold Coast.

Bitzios Consulting in partnership with Hyder Consulting Pty Ltd was engaged to prepare this multi-modal transport area strategy for . The objectives of the report were to:

  • identify transport planning priorities within a multi-modal transport strategy;
  • determine planning priorities for future stages of light rail;
  • confirm priorities for active transport;
  • identify strategic freight priorities ad for the strategic road network;
  • confirm the role and function for the transport network; and
  • provide input in terms of strategic networks and planning principles for input into Gold Coast City Council’s City Transport Plan.

The modelling and further analysis undertaken for GCSCATS revealed that targeted investment in the right type of public transport in the right locations will double current public transport mode share by 2031, reflecting a patronage growth rate of approximately 5% per annum; much higher than expected population growth.


STRATEGIC TRANSPORT MODELLING


2018 Commonwealth Games Modelling

The 2018 Commonwealth Games (the Games) will introduce a range of transport demands into the Gold Coast and Brisbane Transport networks that will be significantly different to transport demands faced in the past. Games-specific transport demands and the inevitable changes to background traffic demand during the games period will introduce a range of travel patterns (origins, destinations, times of day and mode choice) that will vary significantly from typical weekday travel patterns. Bitzios Consulting worked with AECOM to develop the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) model including responsibility for the spectator and workforce modules and creation of the 2018 Gold Coast School Holiday Base Model.


Sunshine Coast VISUM Model Enhancements

 Bitzios Consulting assisted the Department of Transport and Main Roads to implement a number of improvements to the VISUM and VISSIM models for the Sunshine Coast.


Cairns Strategic Transport Model Review and Update

 Bitzios Consulting reviewed the 2006 CSTM (in EMME) and developed a program of work to update the mode to a 2011 base. This work updated the zoning system and network and re-validated the model to more recent count data.


Gold Coast Strategic Transport Model Improvements Project

 Prior to the complete re-calibration and re-validation of the 2011 Base Model, Bitzios Consulting was commissioned by Gold Coast City Council to implement a suite of improvements to the GCSTM-MM to set it up ready for the major re-calibration. Some of these improvements include disaggregating and improving the visitor models, creating an airport special generator model, updating walk/cycle and time period splits, disaggregating the zoning system and network in North Gold Coast, implementing improved Park and Ride procedures and implementing improved linkages to the SEQSTM-MM


Meadowbank Mesoscopic Model

 Bitzios Consulting was commissioned by the City of Ryde to prepare a traffic model of the Meadowbank Employment Area (MEA) and conduct a traffic study to identify what traffic works would be required under two development scenarios to the year 2031. A traffic model was developed for the broader Meadowbank area using the SATURN mesoscopic modelling package, and the model was then used to test various development and traffic treatment scenarios. The option testing led to the definition of five key objectives, including the limitation of through traffic intrusion, encouraging pedestrian movements to public transport terminals and the river foreshore, and addressing existing traffic and pedestrian safety issues. These key objectives were then used to develop a draft preferred network and traffic management measures.

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