The aim of the Transport@RMIT Network is to bring together transport researchers and educators across RMIT to enhance, promote and deploy the university’s interdisciplinary capability in transport.
Given rapid urbanisation, population and economic growth, we assist the public and private sectors to transform how transport is planned, built, and governed to achieve healthy and sustainable urban development as well as responding to complex and changing regional and national economies. Transport@RMIT has a significant span of capabilities, from policy and social research to spatial analysis, technology, big data, engineering and design.
Our research is policy and industry relevant, based on conceptually rigorous approaches and data driven analysis. This collaborative research with policy-makers, industry and practitioners, helps to maximise the relevance of our research, but also importantly, disseminate our findings.
Research generated by Transport@RMIT contributes to the strategic understanding of the pressing challenges in our growing cities; informing evidence based policy and industry decision-making; directing us to data and technology to identify issues and understand behaviour; and helping us to exploit opportunities of emerging technology and manage innovation risk.
Challenges: A growing and transitioning transport system
- Growth: According to the Victorian Government, by 2050 Melbourne’s transport infrastructure is expected to support an additional 10.4 million trips each day and Victoria’s freight volume is expected to more than double. Transport growth is likewise occurring in many major cities nationally.
- Healthy, active & sustainable: At the same time, despite the recognised benefits, active transport rates in Australia remain low in comparison with many European and Asian countries. Especially concerning is the decline in active transport among children and all-age cycling rates.
- Technology transition: Adding to the challenge but also presenting opportunities, our transport sector is on the cusp of a major transition driven by new technologies such as dynamic data systems and driverless vehicles.
Transport@RMIT is part of the Urban Futures Enabling Capabilities Platform
RMIT’s Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform (ECP) harnesses expertise from across the university to solve critical urban problems. Its activity enables new research collaborations between RMIT policy makers, industry, practitioners and other city stakeholders. Transport@RMIT is a key part of the ECP and leads multidisciplinary responses to the pressing urban challenges of transport in a complex and growing urban environment.Transport@RMIT is part of the Urban Futures Enabling Capabilities Platform