CEB419-T1-S1-2005

CEB419-T1-S1-2005 - GUT Student Number Surname Given Name/s...

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Unformatted text preview: GUT Student Number Surname Given Name/s Examination Paper SEMESTER: FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS 2005 UNIT: CEB419 ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT - THEORY I DURATION OF EXAMINATION: PERUSAL: 10 MINUTES WORKING: 1 1/2 HOURS EXAMINATION MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY THE UNIVERSITY: EXAMINATION BOOKLETS EXAMINATION MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY THE STUDENT: WRITING IMPLEMENTS CALCULATORS - ANY TYPE INSTRUCTIONS TO STUDENTS: Students are prohibited from having mobile phones or any other device capable of communicating information (either verbal or written) in their possession during the examination NOTES MAY BE MADE ONLYON THE EXAMINATION PAPER DURING PERUSAL TIME ALL FIVE (5) QUESTIONS ARE TO BE ATTEMPTED MARKS FOR EACH QUESTION ARE AS INDICATED THIS EXAMINATION PAPER MUST NOT BE REMOVED FROM THE EXAMINATION ROOM Queensland University of Technology GUT GUT Kelvin Grove W Carseldine Gardens Point Respond to all five (5) questions, which total 30 marks. QUESTION 1 110 marks) (a) Describe the main steps involved in a cost-benefit analysis of a transport project. (3 marks) (b) Define 'discounting' in the context of cost—benefit analysis. Why are costs and benefits discounted to the base year in cost-benefit analysis? (3 marks) (0) An existing road connecting two towns is 40 km long and is currently in a very poor condition. Current road maintenance costs are estimated to be $20,000/km/year. The following new road project is being proposed: ' Length: 35 km - Capital cost: $600/m - Land acquisition costs: $100,000/km o Maintenance cost: $15,000/ km/year For project evaluation purposes the following assumptions have been made: - It is proposed to abandon the old road and sell the land for $15,000/km. - Vehicle operating costs: 50 cents/km o No accident savings - Traffic volume: 2 million vehicles/year - Vehicle occupancy: 1.3 - Project time horizon: 25 years (i) If you were asked to estimate Net Present Value for the project what other information would you need? ( 1 mark) (ii) Explain how you would calculate the NPV if all necessary information was available. ( 3 marks) QUESTION 2 17 marks) A full EIA has been prepared and submitted by a consortium of consultants and eventually approved with conditions by the government. The EIA discussed the impact of the construction of the tunnel passing through the overlying river, railway station and a refinery. You are the Council’s Environmental Engineer of the Tunnel project. What are the elements of an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) during the construction phase of the tunnel through the overlying river, railway station and refinery? Provide your answer (during the construction of the tunnel through the overlying river, railway station and refinery) in a table with (at least) the following headings: Elements, Measures/Actions (including Corrective Action Plan), Monitoring/Analyses (legislative conditions of EIA) and Reporting Responsibilities. CEB4l9Tl.051 cont/... QUESTION 3 (5 marks) Respond briefly to the following with the aid of examples/diagrams as appropriate: (a) Discuss the use of the 4-step process in assessing the transport impacts of a property development. (3 marks) (b) Discuss the framework for integrated transport planning in Queensland. (2 marks) QUESTION 4 (5 marks! An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is essential for major Transport and Infrastructure projects. a) List 10 Environmental considerations in the Early Flaming Phase of a Transport Project. Discuss how the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) policies affect the considerations that you have listed. b) Using a flow chart, illustrate the relationship between an EIA and Project Design for a Transport project. QUESTION 5 (3 marks) Attempt each of the following three questions. For each attempted question select the most correct response. In your workbook clearly show for each question your selected response. (You may use your work book for calculations and working.) (a) Which of the following best describes the financing situation of typical urban public transport systems in Australia: (1 mark) (i) Rail generally achieves full cost recovery due to inherent system efficiencies Cost recovery is generally not received through fare box revenue so community service obligation payments are required of government (ii) Services are mostly operated by local governments under contract to state government purchasers (iii) Private companies only operate services on profitable sectors (iv) Profitable peak period services must be operated in order to subsidise off-peak services that do not recover their costs at the fare box (b) Which of the following is not true in describing the attributes of urban bus public transport in Australia: (1 mark) (i) Vehicle capacities are limited relative to other public transport modes (ii) Flexibility in both short and long run operation is generally superior relative to other public transport modes (iii) Reliability is generally inferior relative to other public transport modes (iv) Operating costs on a passenger~km basis are generally lower than other public transport modes (v) Line capacities comparable to light rail are achievable through dedicated access infrastructure and high frequency services CEB4l9Tl.051 cont/... (c) Which of the following is not true in describing the attributes of urban taxi application in Australia: (1 mark) (i) Taxis fill niche time—critical and poor-transit—coverage markets (ii) Taxis are generally subsidised by government as they do not cover their costs at the fare box (iii) Taxis are commonly operated as owner-operator businesses (iv) Maxi-taxis may be deployed as community transit services due to economy of scale (v) The cost of use of access infrastructure by taxis may be recovered through licensing fees END OF PAPER CEB419T1.051 ...
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