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COUNTRY FOCUS Ireland


from 30 per cent in 2009 to 53 per cent in 2012;


• 77 per cent of people leav- ing feedback on the trans- portforireland website say Real Time Information would encourage them to consider public transport more often


• The system is now dealing with 4–5 million requests a week for Real Time Passenger Information with 80 per cent of requests via smartphone/app, and 20 per cent on the web.


Ireland is committed to increasing the take-up of sustainable transport modes and methods throughout the country with a series of innovative schemes


National Multi-Modal Journey Planner, including Cycle Journey Planner The intention of the Multi- modal planner is to provide information on all the choices available when making a jour- ney, and to update the traveller on the choice once the trip is underway – in other words, a personal guide to assist in jour- neys through the metropolitan networks, especially for those familiar with computers and smart phones, but unfamiliar with a locality or the particular public transport services to and from that locality. The NTA Journey Planner (phase 1) has been launched


both on the web at http://www.transportforireland.ie and on App. The Journey Planner processes vast amounts of data to provide trip alternatives to users based on user preferences and available trip links. The Journey planner will continue to develop through planned phases, including • an all-island Journey Planner for Ireland, and • a cycling journey planning option


Both of these phases are well-advanced. In addition, linking the planned journey to real-time updates is also planned, so that the passenger is updated and guided through the various elements of the journey.


Traffic Management Systems There is a variety of technological systems to keep the sur- face transport moving around Dublin, including traffic signal control and management systems, variable message signs, HGV management, traffic monitoring, traffic cam- eras, pedestrian and cycle counting systems, together with sophisticated back room analysis. The NTA (previously the DTO) has funded the development and upgrade of many of the ITS systems in the Greater Dublin Area.


28 Having completed a review


of the entire inventory of ITS used for surface trans- port in 2011, the NTA will be preparing a regional ITS Strategy Framework in 2013, to propose how the region will develop and exploit ITS into the future.


Data Analysis The Authority has developed an expertise in relation to trip demand analysis, forecasting, modelling and GIS centred on key data sets and large regional models. In licencing buses and taxis,


the Authority has progressed the development of key on- line tools, and more recently, customer-facing applications to improve the customer experience.


FUTURE AREAS OF ITS ACTIVITY FOR THE NTA Much work has been done in delivering ITS by the NTA and its agents in recent years. While some of the investment is perhaps overdue, the NTA has had the opportunity of study- ing what was developed elsewhere in Europe (and beyond), and benefitting from lessons learnt in these earlier deploy- ments. In this regard, Ireland has been in a position to deliver well-developed, future-enabled systems in a single step. The NTA will continue to be objective-led regarding ITS.


It is acutely aware of the requirement to maintain, update and protect the ITS systems it has funded or developed, and therefore only those systems necessary for the NTA to deliver its remit will be brought forward. Key issues in the future will include:


• developing further the multiple uses from a data source • developing and improving the various monitoring systems for network performance


• integrating further the various existing disparate ITS sys- tems, especially for traffic management, so that the region is managed in a reasonably seamless way


• more tools for walking, cycling and public transport. |


michael.aherne@nationaltransport.iewww.nationaltransport.ie


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 Michael Aherne is Head of Transport Development Division for National Transport Authority in Dublin


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