Project LLIV-299 CONCEPTS OF ROADSIDE INFRASTRUCTURE AND REST AREAS Seminar – workshop “COMFORT AND SAFETY ON LATVIALITHUANIA CROSS-BORDER ROADS. 1st SESSION” April 18th, 2012 Transport and Telecommunication Institute. Lomonosova 1, Riga Seminar - workshop Agenda 10.30-11.00 Registration. Morning Coffee 11.00-11.30 Introduction about Project „Concepts of roadside infrastructure and rest areas” and Project Partnership I.Kabaskins (LaTDEA), O.Krumpane (LaTDEA), K.Zaleckis (KTU), N.Timofejevs (LANA),T.Sankauskas (LINEKA) 11.30-11.45 „Social aspects as an important element of the organization of road transport operations” Indra Gromule, International Road Carriage Co-ordination Division. Road Transport Administration of Latvia 11.45-12.15 Development of Road Haulage market: challenges and opportunities Oskars Yuhnevichs member of the LANA board 12.15-12.45 Project research of Latvia-Lithuania cross-border roads performance: objectives, activities, further developments. Part 1. Olga Krumpane LaTDEA project coordinator 12.45-13.15 Coffee break 13.15-13.45 Project research of Latvia-Lithuania cross-border roads performance: objectives, activities, further developments. Part 2. Olga Krumpane LaTDEA project coordinator 13.45-14.15 Discussions Introduction about Project „CONCEPTS OF ROADSIDE INFRASTRUCTURE AND REST AREAS” and Project Partnership O.Krumpane Latvian Association of Transport Development and Education, project coordinator April 18th, 2012 Transport and Telecommunication Institute. Lomonosova 1, Riga Project Background Modern society: • • • • communications, mobility, accessibility, economic and social stability Focus on moving people and goods rather than vehicles! Besides quality of road itself the quality of roadside infrastructure matters! Project Background Major road user demands shall be answered: Efficient Movement of goods and people along roads Comfortable Safe Secure Travel Information/communications/travel management Sanitary Facilities/ Recreation facilities Fatigue management/car care Secure parking, health and property protection Project Background Road users level: Policies level: •the EU regulations on road safety and drivers’ fatigue control; •regional accessibility and traffic security are priorities of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region; •the objective for Latvia and Lithuania in transportation sector is ensuring qualitative and competitive infrastructure of logistics and transit services. •Commercial vehicles driver’s demand for specially equipped place for regular short-term and long-term stop; •Tourists and visitors demand for information points along the international routes; •Car and bus passengers demand for rest rooms/recreation facilities. Local communities level: •Poor image of the region; •Search for promotional opportunities for local services and goods; •Search for promotion of local natural and historical values; •Land management issues What type of road side infrastructure would be technically, ecologically, socio-economically and financially FEASIBLE within existing/forecasted cross-border environment? Joint scientific, institutional and technical cross border efforts are necessary Project framework • Project Concepts of roadside infrastructure and rest areas LLIV-299 submitted for co-financing under Latvia – Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2007 – 2013 (3d call): Priority I Encouragement of Socio-economic Development and Competitiveness of the Region 2. Improvement of Internal and External Accessibility of the Border Regions • Project approved by final decision of the Joint Monitoring and Steering Committee of the Programme on 14.02.2012. • Project start date is: 20/02/2012. • Project end date is: 19/05/2013. Project framework Projects Goals: sustainable and cohesive socio-economic development of the Lithuania-Latvia cross border regions by development of modern roadside rest areas concept for cargo and passenger vehicle. Projects Objectives: to evaluate the feasibility of development of modern roadside rest areas for cargo and passenger vehicles on the E-roads within Latvia – Lithuania border area; to provide methodological support for planning and development of road side infrastructure Project Activities Project implementation environment data collection; RESEARCH WP 2 Road transportation performance research Field survey on traffic flow and travel patterns; Road users opinion survey; Research data analysis; ANALYSIS WP 3 Modeling and assessment of rest area concepts Transportation performance modeling for identification of preferred location; Feasibility study for construction and maintenance of rest areas Conceptual Civil design for model rest areas in the region; DEVELOPMENT WP 4 Development of roadside infrastructure concepts Guidelines for rest area maintenance and operations; Action plan (strategic and operational) for investment in establishment of rest areas; Seminar “Safety roadside rest area system –novel concept and implementation Project Partnership LP: Latvian Transport Development and Education Association PP2: Latvian national road haulers Association LANA LLIV299 PP4: Lithuanian National Freight Forwarders Association LINEKA PP3: Kaunas University of Technology Project Partnership Project partners are kindly invited to present themselves! Project LLIV-299 CONCEPTS OF ROADSIDE INFRASTRUCTURE AND REST AREAS Project research of Latvia-Lithuania crossborder roads performance: objectives, activities, further development O.Krumpane Latvian Association of Transport Developments and Education, project coordinator April 18th, 2012 Transport and Telecommunication Institute. Lomonosova 1, Riga Project vision rest area/travel plaza/rest stop/service area/roadside park: • a public or commercial facility, located next to a highway/road at which drivers and passengers can rest, eat, or refuel without exiting on to secondary roads; • an open place, convenient and accessible to all travelers, regardless of age, disability or language, designed for long-term heavy-duty use for ease and efficient maintenance; • an effective tools of improvement safe and secure movement of people and goods. World best practice • Micho-nu-eki (Japan) A unique Japanese concept of roadside service stations: • help to local roadside communities • business opportunities for local residents; •venues for the provision of multiple public services (health care, education and training). Recommended by World bank World best practice • Safety Rest Areas (USA) SRA Born in 1928, became a nationwide concept in 60th by The Highway Beautification Act of 1965: • state ambassadors (a positive reflection on the quality of their state government and its citizenry ) • modern comfortable and safe (toilets and picnic shelters); •Government funded; •Variations: Basic Traditional, Modern, Regional, Rustic or Regional Modern, Combined Forms, Free Form and 1970s Funk/Revival. World best practice • Truck Stops or travel centers (USA) Commercial facility (originated in 1940s in US) providing fuel, parking, and often food and other services to motorists and truck drivers: •usually located on or near a busy road; •consist (at the very least) of a diesel fueling station with bays, diner facilities plus a large enough parking area •Larger truck stops may have convenience stores of various sizes, showers, a TV/movie theater Iowa 80 located along Interstate 80 at exit 284 in Walcott, Iowa, USA, the facility features a 67,000 square foot main building, parking for 800 trucks and 15 fuel stations. Its numerous facilities for truckers include a seven-bay service center and truck wash, a 30,000 sq. ft. “Truckers Warehouse Store,” 24 private shower & toilet rooms, a 60-seat movie theater, a barber shop, a dentist office and a chiropractic clinic. World best practice • Raststation (Germany, Austria) •Motorway service station (Raststation) - full service station with travel retail business includes a gas station, public phones, restaurants, restrooms, parking and, many times, a hotel or a motel •Rest area (Rastplatz): parking lots mostly for cars, amenities like WC and picnic tables. •Parking areas and truck stops Research problem Technical concerns •Proper Land plot •Civil engineering Solutions •Proximity to other facilities Socioeconomical aspects •Level of demand/logistics •Impact on local economies •Indirect effects Ecological aspects •Natural resources protection areasprotection areas •Natural resources •Negative •Negative environmental environmental impact impact Financial concerns •Profitability of operations •Investment effectiveness •Financing mode Optimal location and capacity of rest areas Legal aspects •State/regional/local regulations on land use •Limitations of spatial development plans Project area • The Project is focused on road performance on the roads of international level with total length of 1421 km • The Project area includes the road land and land what is directly adjoined to the road. Research goals and objectives To assess the results of the previous attempts to investigate the traffic performance on the project roads; To create a socio-economical and environmental profile of a roadside area; To define traffic pattern on each road included in the project area using volume evaluation and classification; To get the end-users opinion on the existing level of infrastructure and their expectations for the improvement activities; To develop an integrated data base for the road performance modeling within the next Work Package. Research activities Task 1. Collection and analysis of the previous studies, surveys, investigations in transport sector for the project area. Task 2. Collection and analysis of available data on existing legal, spatial planning, environmental and socioeconomic conditions of the roadside area. Task 3. Traffic flow survey. Collection of primary data through field work Task 4. Obtaining of potential project results end-users opinion. Public opinion poll, interviewing local authorities. Task 5. Initial Desk review of collected data. Preparation of the data base for the following Modeling and Appraisal Phase. Research activities Task 1. Collection and analysis of the previous studies •Identify the agencies responsible for road sector performing studies on traffic flows, accidents rate, transport infrastructure improvement etc; •Establish contacts with NGOs participating in regional development programs; •Request the allowance to approach the available data; •Develop a structured inventory of available materials, •Processing of the received data. Research activities Task 2. Collection and analysis of available data on existing legal, spatial planning, environmental and socio-economic conditions of the roadside area •Identify the agencies responsible for the spatial planning and land management activities on the project area on state/regional/local level etc •Establish contacts with NGOs participating regional development programs; •Request the allowance to approach the available data; •Conduct the meetings and discussions with local Authorities; •Request for existing direct and indirect socio-economical information; •Conduct the meetings with initiators of the similar activities in the field of road infrastructure improvement; •Develop a structured inventory of available materials, processing of data. Research activities Task 3. Traffic flow survey. Collection of primary data through field work Collecting information what is enough to describe and evaluate time-of-day, day-of week, seasonal, directional, geographical variations of traffic flow for different groups of vehicles. Research data will become the input data for calculation of rest area parking capacity and selection of services to be provided by the rest areas’ operators. • • Short-term traffic counts Application of adjustment factor to get average annual daily traffic (AADT) • Measurement data: – Vehicle length detection – Speed of vehicle by radar • Counting period: 7 days x 24 hours in order to collect enough data enabling expert team to describe traffic variations: – time of day – day of week – season (month) of the year Research activities Task 3. Traffic flow survey. Collection of primary data through field work • • • • • • non-intrusive technology: microwave radar; weatherproof case and complete with battery for 8 days operation; Per Vehicle data handling; VDA vehicle data analyser; Tabular & Graphical Data output; Simple output to Microsoft Office and other Windows programs. Research activities Task 3. Traffic flow survey. Collection of primary data through field work Counting site location The following considerations to be followed: • Previous knowledge about road traffic profile; • Intersections with other roads; • Distance from petrol stations or other places of possible stops, route changes etc • spacing between counts along a E-roadway Research activities Task 4. Obtaining of end-users opinion. 4.1. Drivers survey • Units of analysis – one-way trip • Addressed persons – cargo vehicles drivers, passengers car drivers • Points of focus: • • • • • • total distance travelled from departure point to point of destination; origination; place for regular short-stops; place for long stops Opinion on existing roadside structure Propositions for improvement Research team Project Coordinator Project Local Coordinator overall management of research activities; provision of administrative support for performing day-to-day study–related procedures Project Assistants Transportation analyst 4 Traffic Research Specialists Market analyst overall data management of a research study and control over traffic research specialists team traffic flow field study team: 2 in Latvia; 2 in Lithuania desk-review for legal framework; proper data collection on available previous studies Land management analyst Economic and social analyst collecting about roadside spatial planning and environmental data collecting socio-economic data about roadside existing infrastructure, roadside communities and agglomerates Research timeline March Methodology development Seminar-workshop. Session 1 Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Task 5 Seminar-workshop. Session 2 April May June July August September October Further steps: •Assessment of collected research data; •Logistic scenarios development and analysis •Identification of the most optimal places for location of the rest area •Development of feasibility study for establishment of rest area aimed including costs and benefits analysis •Identification of the most feasible models for existing environment •Identification of preconditions for successful operation of rest area •Development of civil concept-design (architectural, structural, engineering utilities) •Actualization of financial and socio-economical estimations •Development of Action plan for implementation of the concept including guidelines for successful operation Next workshop-seminar (August, 2012): • Extended list of stakeholders; • Initial findings of the field work; • Identified problem areas; • Special requirements for 2nd round of field work Thank you for attention!