Innovative responses to urban transportation: current practice in Australian Cities

Led by Professor Jago Dodson at RMIT University

Current travel mode share in Australia’s major cities is dominated by cars, which is increasingly costly. Alongside this, population growth increases travel demand while challenges of climate change, environmental impacts and social and economic inclusion persist. New approaches to transport are emerging, including potentially disruptive technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles. Active travel has also become a focus of health policy in cities as the adverse physical effects of sedentary behaviour on health and wellbeing are better understood. A further operational challenge for cities is managing freight and logistics flows as demand for goods movement expands at a faster rate than passenger travel, resulting in congestion impacts.

This project investigates drivers and processes of change within Australian metropolitan transport systems. It also reviews international research and policy literature to identify emerging and best practice in response to transport system change. It will consider how Australian urban transport programs and policies are, and might, respond to changes to transport technology, travel patterns, environmental imperatives, economic shifts and spatial development dynamics to offer guidance about future directions and options.

Title: Innovative responses to urban transportation: current practice in Australian cities
  • Jago Dodson, RMIT University
  • Carey Curtis, Curtin University
  • David Ashmore, RMIT University
  • Ian Woodcock, Swinburne University
  • Stephen Kovencs, Curtin University