HAMILTON SEEKS UPDATE ON TRANSPORT NEEDS

30 June 2014

HCC Assessibility

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As Hamilton grows, its infrastructure is changing and so are its transport needs.

With this in mind, we are currently updating Hamilton City Council's accessibility model. The updated model will identify transport problems and monitor the progress of improvements.

Accessibility modelling is an analytical method for understanding the ability of people to access goods, services and destinations in a spatial manner.

Hamilton wants a clearer picture of how their current transportation network meets the needs of its people.  Interpret is performing an update on the Hamilton Accessibility Model to ensure it incorporates new additions to the transportation networks and facilities and better represents what currently exists. This updated accessibility model and its associated GIS web mapping outputs will help with decisions on Hamilton’s future transport and land use considerations.

Accessibility modelling can be thought of as measuring the extent to which people ‘could’ travel.  This gives the ability to take into account those travel options that are not currently provided for and those that are disadvantaged. Thus, providing scope to improve under represented forms of transport.

Accessibility modelling is capable of evaluating all modes of transport including active modes such as public transport, walking and cycling. It can also include interchanges between these modes. This realistically represents the transportation world because it considers the separation of origins and destinations and provides a means to measure the long term sustainability of the transportation network.  This includes not only what people ‘could’ reach, but also transport ‘need’.

The modelling is undertaken using purpose built scripts and models within GIS.

Interpret Contact: Helen Roulston
helen.roulston@interpret.co.nz
tel: + 64 3 367 9082