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Through its Research Programme, the NZ Transport Agency invests in innovative and relevant research which plays a critical role in contributing to the government's goals for transport.

The results of Transport Agency research must be readily applicable to interventions that can be cost effectively applied in New Zealand in the short-to-medium term for longer term impacts. This page lists all active Transport Agency Research Programme research projects and being updated on an ongoing basis as research is completed.

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Key research areas

The projects listed below are currently active. They are arranged according to seven key research areas, namely:


For information on any of these projects, please contact the research organisation directly or email

Economic development

To improve the valuation of economic benefits of land transport activities.

Year commissionedProject titleResearcher
2017/18 Social and distributional impacts of time – and space-based road pricing MRCagney
2017/18 Extension of NZTA Research Report 629 – System dynamics model extension Infometrics Consulting
2017/18 Understanding current and forecast visitor flows to the South Island Infometrics Consulting
2016/17 A pilot study to determine the relative value of non-market transport impacts of investment Resource Economics Ltd
2016/17 Next generation New Zealand transport models Traffic Design Group Ltd
2016/17 Valuing time and reliability for freight transport beyond the allocation of marginal vehicle and driver utilisation costs Ian Wallis Associates

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Activity management

To improve the performance of land transport activities and assets.

Year commissionedProject titleResearcher
2016/17 Condition assessment process for unsealed roads University of Auckland
2016/17 Performance benefits of polymer modified bitumen binders for thin surfacings Opus Research, Opus International Consultants
2015/16 Optimal life cycle management of bridges Opus International Consultants Ltd

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Integrated land use and transport systems

To more efficiently manage transport and integration with land use.

Year commissionedProject titleResearcher
2016/17 Factors affecting cycling levels of service Opus Research, Opus International Consultants Ltd

Transport demand management

To manage the people and freight demand for transport and provide impetus for changing transport choices.

Year commissionedProject titleResearcher
2016/17 The New Zealand public's readiness for connected- and autonomous-vehicles (including driverless), car and ride sharing schemes and the social impacts arising from these University of Waikato

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Safety, security and public health

To improve the safety, security and public health of users, communities and the sector workforce through improvements to the land transport system.

Year commissionedProject titleResearcher


Human factor considerations for driver licensing point system

University of New South Wales

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Environmental impacts of land transport

To measure the impacts of land transport construction, operation and maintenance emissions/pollutants on the natural and built environment.

Year commissionedProject titleResearcher
2017/18 Establishing a national environmental aspect (activities) and impacts register for the transport sector Beca
2016/17 Testing New Zealand vehicles to measure real-world fuel use and exhaust emissions Emission Impossible Ltd


Understanding the value of meeting the requirements of environmental legislation

Tonkin and Taylor Ltd

2015/16 Evidential basis for community response to land transport noise AECOM New Zealand Ltd

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Sustainable land transport

To improve the sustainability of the land transport system.

Performance monitoring

Year commissionedProject titleResearcher
2017/18 Customer expectations and priorities for transport and performance indicators Research NZ
2016/17 Identifying freight performance indicators and contextual indicators of freight

Ernst and Young Transaction Advisory Services Ltd

2015/16 Best practice approaches for the development of legislation University of Waikato

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