13th ITS Asia Pacific Forum Programme

Technical Tours

Wednesday 30 April 2014 1.00pm 

NZD35.00 per person to attend

Technical Tour A:
Joint Traffic Operation Centre, Alpert Toll Rd, Northern Busway and Historic Puhoi.

Travel by bus over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, along the Northern Busway to the Joint Traffic Operation Centre (JTOC) at Smales Farm. JTOC is operated by a partnership between Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) Gain an understanding of JTOC coverage and operating systems.
The Northern Busway is New Zealand’s first dedicated busway and it is currently carrying 5.7 million passenger trips per year. The busway gives buses a congestion free route between the Auckland CBD form the North Shore. Since implementation, bus patronage along this corridor has risen 5-10% per year. At a cost of $300 million the busway runs alongside the Northern motorway and includes five bus stations 6.24 km of two way bus lane and 2.5 km of single lane.
The JTOC provides a hub that enables NZ Transport Agency to monitor all highways nationally. The centre monitors and manages what’s happening on 8,000km of highways and motorways 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. The JTOC contains New Zealand’s largest video wall. More than 200 closed circuit cameras transmit images that are displayed operators monitoring traffic flows, managing roadway incidents and adjusting the Auckland region’s 700 sets of traffic signals.
The JTOC systems automatically generate and publish journey time information to some 150 electronic message signs on the approaches to motorway and key arterial routes operated by Auckland Transport. Operators also provide traffic updates to radio stations and websites to give accurate and timely information to motorists. NZTA designed the new centre so that it can be integrated more effectively with other regions, technology changes and new infrastructure projects that deliver benefits to drivers at national and regional levels. The NZ Transport Agency is forecasted $53 million in productivity gains per year from the JTOC. It says providing reliable travel information helps to avoid crashes, clears those that do occur more quickly and safely, and makes more efficient use of the existing motorway system by reducing travel times, energy consumption and pollutants.

Technical Tour B: 
Britomart Public Transport Control Centre and Auckland Transports Integrated Ticketing System (AT HOP)

 Visit the Britomart Public Transport Control Centre which operates the Britomart underground train station, designed to accommodate diesel power trains. The Britomart Station is an end of track station with 5 platforms and trains access via 436m long tunnel. This configuration allows only two tracks.  Understand how the control centre handles the capacity constraint through ITS.

See the Auckland Transport Integrated Ticketing (HOP) system that is used on Bus, Train and Ferry systems.  This is one of the latest multi model ticketing systems and is currently going live.

Technical Tour C:
Visit to New Electrified Train Yard (EMU) then transport and logistics company Toll NZ, demonstrating a high productivity motor vehicle equipped with electronic Road User Charges technology (eRUC)

The Electronic Motor Unit Depot (EMU) in Wiri is a state of the art Rail yard. It is due to open in mid 2014. General Electric (GE) will demonstrate their new technologies for electric propulsion and control at the EMU depot.

Toll NZ are one of the largest transport and logistics companies in New Zealand. Toll NZ will showcase one of their high productivity motor vehicles fitted with ITS technologies.

New Zealand is a world leader in distance based charging for Heavy Vehicles with a national system operating since 1978. The technologies demonstrated include eRUC, New Zealand’s world first electronic distance based road user technology operated on behalf of NZTA by two authorised contractors (agents). Come and discover how ITS is integral to the success of rail and heavy vehicle operations. Consider the opportunities and benefits that ITS offers.

Technical Tour D:
Tunnel Management System for Victoria Park Tunnel, Swift Gate System, and Joint Traffic Operation Centre (JTOC)

This tour focuses on the how the Joint Traffic Operation Centre (JTOC) manages and operates the ITS components of the Victoria Park Tunnel. The tour includes traffic operations, emergency response, fire protection and route maintenance and traffic control in and around the urban area of Auckland’s motorway network.
Travel to the new Victoria Park Tunnel and get a first-hand look and the latest ITS tunnel control system and fire life and safety systems for this urban motorway tunnel. The technologies and their operation will be explained in an underground tour.
Surface and see the Swift Gate, time of day traffic management system along with the Moveable Lane Barrier System. These two systems guide tidal traffic follow onto the Auckland Harbour Bridge and are a practical examples how ITS technologies permit efficiency and save lives in a high traffic volume urban environment.
Travel by bus over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, along the Northern Busway to the Joint Traffic Operation Centre (JTOC) at Smales Farm. JTOC is operated by a partnership between Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) Gain an understanding of JTOC coverage and operating systems, including control of the Swift Gate and Barrier Transfer Machines.
The JTOC provides a hub that enables NZTA to monitor all highways nationally. The centre monitors and manages what’s happening on 8,000km of highways and motorways 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. The JTOC contains New Zealand’s largest video wall. More than 200 closed circuit cameras transmit images that are displayed operators monitoring traffic flows, managing roadway incidents and adjusting the Auckland region’s 700 sets of traffic signals.
The JTOC systems automatically generate and publish journey time information to some 150 electronic message signs on the approaches to motorway and key arterial routes operated by Auckland Transport. Operators also provide traffic updates to radio stations and websites to give accurate and timely information to motorists. NZTA designed the new centre so that it can be integrated more effectively with other regions, technology changes and new infrastructure projects that deliver benefits to drivers at national and regional levels. The NZTA is forecasted $53 million in productivity gains per year from the JTOC. It says providing reliable travel information helps to avoid crashes, clears those that do occur more quickly and safely, and makes more efficient use of the existing motorway system by reducing travel times, energy consumption and pollutants.

Programme Dates

Key Dates

  • 20 December 2013
    Full Paper Submissions Due
  • 28 February 2014
    Early bird registrations close
  • 21 April 2014
    Online Registration Closes
  • 28 April 2014
    Forum open, Aotea Centre, Auckland
  • 30 April 2014
    Forum closes