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Introduction

This section provides guidance for assessing Public Transport Improvement activities over $1,000,000 implementation cost per activity that target a specific increase in levels of service in part of a public transport network.

Prior requirements for Assessment

The assessment under the Investment Assessment Framework considers business cases developed using Business Case Approach principles.

Prior to any assessment using the Investment Assessment Framework, the business case must first be assessed by the Transport Agency to provide assurance that a robust case has been developed under Business Case Approach principles. 

Work Categories

The improvements activities within the Public Transport activity class incorporate the following work categories:

Work category 532: Low cost, low risk public transport improvements provides further information on activities up to a maximum total cost of $1,000,000.

Further information on public transport improvements is provided in the Public Transport Improvements section.

Results Alignment for public transport improvements

Requirements for Low rating

A Low Results Alignment rating for a Public Transport Improvement activity may be given if the improvement addresses transport issues relating to:

  • safety
  • journey time reliability
  • matching capacity and demand
  • resilience

And supports economic growth and productivity for:

  • employment
  • access to economic opportunities and social opportunities
  • tourism
  • freight

Requirements for Medium rating

A Medium Results Alignment for a Public Transport Improvement activity may be given if the improvement addresses transport issues relating to:

Appropriate services needed to meet deficiencies identified in existing customer levels of service for:

  • safety
  • journey time reliability
  • matching capacity and demand, and/or
  • resilience

And supports economic growth and productivity for:

  • employment
  • access to economic opportunities and social opportunities
  • tourism, and/or
  • freight

Or

  • Transport is required to provide access to economic and social opportunities, particularly for those with limited access to a private motor vehicle

Or

  • Reduces significant harm to people and the environment arising from road noise and particulates

Requirements for High rating

A High Results Alignment rating for a Public Transport Improvement activity must only be given if the improvement:

Addresses a significant gap in deficiencies identified in existing customer levels of service for:

  • safety
  • journey time reliability
  • matching capacity and demand, and/or
  • resilience

And supports economic growth and productivity for:

  • employment
  • access to economic opportunities and social opportunities
  • tourism, and/or
  • freight

Or

Or

  • Intermodal connections need improvement

Requirements for Very High rating

A Very High Results Alignment rating for a Public Transport Improvement activity must only be given if the improvement is for:

Or

  • Preparing the network for safer in-vehicle and/or driverless technology

Or

  • Delivering innovative solutions through the use of new technology (including innovative data and information use) in order to improve the customer levels of service and outcomes set out in the Medium and High Results Alignment above.

Further information

Further information on Results Alignment assessment is provided in the guidance on Developing an Assessment Profile.

Cost-Benefit Appraisal  for public transport improvements

Requirements

The Transport Agency requires that Approved Organisations and the Transport Agency (state highways) use the Transport Agency Economic Evaluation Manual (external link) procedures and templates to determine the benefit-cost ratio (BCR) for Public Transport Improvement  activities. 

Ratings

Refer to the NLTP Assessment Framework page for information on calculating the BCR and on the resulting rating.

Use of generic or default BCR

No placeholder, generic or default BCRs are to be used.

Peer review

The Transport Agency reserves the right to require a peer review of benefit and cost appraisal determinations and measures, including any non-monetised/additional benefits and adverse impacts, regardless of the scope, prior to an investment decision. 

Insufficient information (1*)

An activity can be included in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) when no benefit and cost appraisal has been made or when no robust evidence is lacking to support the assessment. In such cases the rating for benefit and cost appraisal will default to 1 for improvement activities. The Transport Agency represents these activities as 1* to indicate that more information is required to achieve a robust assessment profile.

An activity will not be considered for funding approval with a 1* status. 

Further information

Further information on Benefit and Cost Appraisal is provided in the section on Developing an Assessment Profile.

 

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