The new Neil Smith Chair of Sustainable Transport Futures, Professor John Rose is the latest addition to a team of ITLS researchers and educators who are generating knowledge that underpins a transition to a green future for Australia’s transport industry. Traditionally, Australia has lagged behind almost every other nation when it comes to reducing transport emissions and improving transport energy efficiency.
For years, even decades, other countries have provided incentives to promote sustainable transportation initiatives designed to reduce the massive footprint that transport related activities create. Many of the initiatives seek to promote individual households adopting more sustainable transport modes, including replacing more polluting vehicle technology for electric vehicles (EVs).
The pace of electrification for public transit bus fleets is accelerating internationally. Clear targets have been established by transport policymakers to achieve a zero-emission bus target as early as 2030 in some jurisdictions. Two prominent choices are battery-driven electric buses and fuel-cell electric buses.
The key challenges include the choice amongst the set of green energy sources, who will bear the risks associated with the transition away from diesel and what will all of this mean for future procurement contracts between bus operators and government. We contribute to the debate on these matters.
Automated vehicles are predicted to be transformative, but their ultimate success and expected societal benefits will depend on drivers’ trust in them as well as how people choose to use and interact with them.
We are exploring three human-factor issues critical to the successful deployment of automated vehicles:
Insights from this research should prepare our society for more automated vehicles on roadways.
Connections between mobility, wellbeing and social exclusion have interested transport planners and policy makers in recent decades. Our transport related social exclusion research examines how individuals may be prevented from travelling and accessing opportunities due to barriers other than choice.
The physical absence of tertiary students has had a significantly large impact on public transport (as well as on local suppliers of student accommodation, and other support industries and services). With the easing of restrictions, many students are showing a keen interest in hybrid modes of teaching and learning.
TfNSW are interested in learning more about the emerging and intended commuting patterns of University staff and students post-pandemic and the implementation of return to campus plans of universities to further inform the development of their Travel Choices program.
This project will:
This will enable the project team to provide robust recommendations for suggested initiatives to influence travel behaviours and demand in a university environment.
The full project background can be viewed on the iMOVE Australia website.
Our latest collaboration with Department of Transport and Main Roads and iMOVE Australia, "TRIPS: A Trip Rate Information Processing System", seeks to develop a centralised trip/parking generation database that can also facilitate the design, implementation and validation of Green Travel Plans (GPTs). Led by Professor Michael Bell and Dr Supun Perera, the outcomes of the project will assist planners and engineers to better understand the movement demands generated by various land uses under different contexts.
Read about TRIPS and keep track of the study’s milestones.