Regulatory and Planning Tools

By convening a special workshop on regulatory and planning tools, the Thredbo 8 Conference organizing committee had tried to bring together two currently important streams of transportation science, name the regulatory (transportation economics) and modeling research. An ad-hoc methodology was adopted, which began with a brainstorming session. The participants were called upon to speak freely on their expectations of the workshop and on tools and models in general. During this collective effort, the key words used were gathered after a tentative framework had been put together around some central issues. The participants also realized early on that this workshop would not be a “paper seminar” and that the papers to be presented would be used as a supplementary instrument to enrich the framework and to detect new issues that had not yet been included. At the end of the workshop, the resulting structure of the issues contained the following points: (1) concept of tools - how are tools and models defined and what are the theoretical and practical contexts where they are developed and used; (2) use of tools - what are the uses of the tools, who are their users and what are the reasons for their use; (3) moment and circumstances of their use - which are the precise moments when the tools and models were used, and how does the nature and circumstances of their use interfere with their structures, approaches and features; (4) variety of tools - how could we map the different tools and models in a consistent “tools cartography”; (5) implications for practice - how does the use of tools and models affect practice; (6) technical issues - which theoretical approaches, structure and algorithms, variables and software packages are used, which data and computing resources do they need; (7) quality of tools - how may we evaluate the performance of tools, what is a good model or tool; (8) trends in the development of tools - what is the state of the art for the different tools and models, what are the developments trends and which factors influence this development; and (9) marketing of tools - how are tools and models brought to market and how does this marketing influence the developments of the tools and the policy practice.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 57-67
  • Monograph Title: Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003307
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0080445802
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2005 10:47PM