The Planning and Transport in City Regions Program seeks to understand processes of urban development and patterns of mobility at the metro-regional scale, and the policy measures needed to improve the productivity, livability and sustainability of city-regions.

The program is focused on the case of Melbourne as a mega-city in the making and addresses the problems and challenges faced by planners in grappling with the city’s transformation.

The program’s work is nonetheless positioned within a national and international context and looks toward experience elsewhere in metropolitan scale land-use and transport planning to inform its research agenda.

Projects

Early delivery of equitable and healthy transport options in new suburbs

The project will produce evidence and tools to assist both the public and private sectors provide transport options to residents of Melbourne’s new suburbs as soon as they move in.

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Improved Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates how major cities function and the effects of their land-use, housing and infrastructure systems on the humans that live in them.

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The Benefits of Elevated Rail: Lessons from the graduate design studio “Rail UP!”

The Victorian state government has committed to removing 50 level crossings in two terms of office: a faster rate of removal than in any other period in the history of railways in Melbourne.

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Public Transport Accessibility in the City of Port Phillip

Spatial Network Analysis for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems (SNAMUTS)

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Key People

Lead researchers

Dr Ian Woodcock

Dr Ian Woodcock

Convener of Planning and Transport in City Regions

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Professor Jago Dodson

Professor Jago Dodson

Director of the Centre for Urban Research

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Program Researchers

Higher Degree by Research Candidates

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Events

The Ethics of Transport Planning: Lessons From Near and Far

This event is Part 2 of the three part series; The Ethics of Transport Planning: A conversation about the past, present and future of transport planning

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Ethics and Transport Planning: How Do We Fare?

This event is Part 1 of the three part series; The Ethics of Transport Planning: A conversation about the past, present and future of transport planning

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Pathways and barriers to the implementation of mobility pricing in Vancouver

In this seminar our guest from Canada, Professor Anthony Perl examines the Commission’s research and public consultation process to assess the progress and pitfalls of advancing a workable mobility pricing scheme for Metro Vancouver.

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Regional Fast Rail: Prospects, implications and challenges for regional communities

This Talking Transport forum brings together people to discuss what high speed rail may mean for regional Victorians.

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Railway Remedies Cutting the crush on Geelong trains

Are your Geelong line trains becoming ever more overcrowded? Do they often run late? Why can’t they be faster? What can and should be done to overcome these problems, now and into the future?

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The Melbourne Airport Rail Link: Are we there yet?

Recently, the Australian Government pledged $30 million in addition to the Victorian Government’s $10m for the development of a business case for a rail link between Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport and city, much to the delight of many Victorians. A train between the airport and city may seem like a no-brainer for Melbourne, but are there details that may derail our expectations? Join […]

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Is it worth it? The value and trade-offs of car parking in Melbourne 

With more competition between uses for urban space, decisions are controversial whenever car parking questions are involved. Parking is a key component of many challenges cities face as they strive to be more sustainable and liveable. So what’s parking worth to Melbourne? Join us for the second instalment of RMIT Centre for Urban Research’s Talking […]

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Impacts of High-Speed Rail Infrastructure on City-Making Across China

See Anthony’s session here. See slides from his lecture here.  High-speed rail (HSR) is transforming China by enabling new forms of urban and regional development. This presentation seeks to better understand the urban and regional impacts of major mobility infrastructure by applying three perspectives on the design of HSR in China. Corridor Mode (CM) HSR […]

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If the Western Distributor is the answer, what was the question?

Now in stage three of development, the Western Distributor Project has been proclaimed as the solution to transport issues in Melbourne’s West, with economic and employment benefits. However, there are many questions that have been left unanswered about how this project will prepare Melbourne for the future challenges of the 21st Century. If the Western […]

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Transport for Melbourne: What’s the plan?

The Victorian State Government has committed to a number of major infrastructure projects, but what’s the plan for Melbourne transport and how do these projects fit in? Traditionally governments have relied on their departments for policy and professional advice, yet now we see them increasingly turn to organisations outside government for advice and the delivery […]

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News & Blog

Filling the space between trams and place

How is movement and place represented across Melbourne’s tram network?

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August 2018 edition of The Urban Observer out now

With Australia’s population reaching 25 million this month, the liveability of our cities has become critically important for our national prosperity and sustainability.

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How many people make a good city? It’s not the size that matters, but how you use it

Australia’s population clock is, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, steadily ticking away at an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 23 seconds.

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Empty car parks everywhere, but nowhere to park. How cities can do better

It’s a familiar story in Australian cities: a new apartment building is proposed, and debate soon follows about whether the new residents will have enough public transport or coffee shops. Just kidding.

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New research puts the brakes on city car parking glut

New research by an RMIT urban academic has revealed that up to 40 per cent of apartment parking in central areas of Melbourne are going unused.

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Remaking Cities: 14th Urban History Planning History Conference Proceedings

Remaking Cities was the theme of the 14th Urban History Planning History conference, a biennial and multi-disciplinary gathering of scholars and practitioners with interests in the histories of cities and urban planning.

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RMIT experts available for comment on State Budget

Experts from RMIT are available to talk to media from 6am this morning about a range of topics and issues relating to the 2018-19 State Budget.

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Melbourne Airport is going to be as busy as Heathrow, so why the argument about one train line?

In Melbourne, the politics of this debate has so far prevented a railway from being built, because it is not possible for one line to meet all of the landside access needs of the airport.

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Melbourne needs second metro to get demand on track, experts warn

Urban researchers are calling for a second Melbourne Metro Rail, warning the current project won’t meet the expected capacity demand unless the city plans for more rail line infrastructure.

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Expert comment on Melbourne Airport train link

RMIT University infrastructure and urban planning expert Professor Jago Dodson says a new rail link for Melbourne’s airport is welcome news, but needs to be part of a broader transport plan if it is to have major benefit.

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Expert comment on Infrastructure Australia priority list

RMIT University infrastructure expert Dr Ian Woodcock says the Victorian projects in Infrastructure Australia’s 2018 priority list will “lock Melburnians into increasingly toll-paying car dependence”.

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New report helps guide urban investment in growing outer suburbs

A new report examining transformational urban projects across Australia aims to provide councils experiencing rapid population growth a guide on how to restructure economic and community functions.

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The elephant in the planning scheme: how cities still work around the dominance of parking space

Car parking is expected but often unnoticed, taking up surprisingly large proportions of city space. A parking bay occupies at least 13 square metres – some codes specify up to 30 square metres including access ways.

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Transurban’s West Gate tollway is a road into uncharted territory

Like the controversial East West Link, this project has no electoral mandate, and was rushed through the formal planning processes. It’s also part of a trend seen in other Australian states for projects to be announced before alternative planning options are considered.

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The price for abundant free car parking is greater than we think

Car parking - we all use it and expect it everywhere, but the hidden cost it has on our cities is huge.

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This is how regional rail can help ease our big cities’ commuter crush

In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning.

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Airport rail link can open up new possibilities for the rest of Melbourne

Melburnians have been talking about a train to Tullamarine Airport since well before it opened. Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his enthusiasm for an airport rail line, with or without state government support.

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We must plan the driverless city to avoid being hostage to the technology revolution

As with Uber and the taxi industry, public sector planners and regulators will be forced to respond to the anger of those displaced by the new products the IT and automobile industries will bring to the market. But can we afford to wait?

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Making sense of the global infrastructure turn

This is the final article in our series Making Cities Work. It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the innovations and reforms needed to meet 21st-century needs and challenges.

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The Victorian Planning System: Practice, Problems and Prospects

Dr Stephen Rowley discusses his new book 'The Victorian Planning System' – the perfect introduction to the Victorian planning systems for new planners and the wider public who need to deal with the planning system.

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Student designs on the right track for future rail crossing removals

A collaborative research project between RMIT University and the University of Melbourne explores new ways to improve the integration of public transport and urban design in Melbourne.

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Victoria needs a big-picture transport plan that isn’t about winners vs losers

There has been no shortage of ideas about how to spend the A$9.7 billion the Victorian government will receive from selling a 50-year lease for the Port of Melbourne.

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New book plans out quality public transport system for Melbourne’s future

RMIT Centre for Urban Research launches a new book, introducing interactive decision-making tool to incorporate greater accessibility for Australia’s public transport infrastructure.

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Expert Comment on Port of Melbourne lease

Director of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research Professor Jago Dodson is available to talk about the State Government’s proposal to spend the proceeds of the $9.7 billion deal to lease the Port of Melbourne.

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Commuters help regions tap into city-driven growth

Long-distance commuting may help promote the development of regional cities by boosting local populations, skills and income.

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Election 2016: what will a re-elected Coalition government mean for key policy areas?

The Conversation’s experts respond to what the Coalition’s agenda will mean for key policy areas.

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Are regional commuters getting sick of the daily travel grind?

CUR PhD student Todd Denham is investigating changing commuter trends for people travelling from regional Victoria to Melbourne for work.

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Ideas for Australia: City v4.0, a new model of urban growth and governance for Australia

In providing for the well-being of the next three million urban Australians, we need to take unvarnished stock of our situation.

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Looking upwards for transport solutions

Level crossing removals should be part of a total picture for an effective transport system and “skytrains” are the best way to do this, according to RMIT and Melbourne University researchers.

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Raising expectations for Melbourne’s railways

Improved public transport has long been a high priority among Victorian voters however; the recent announcement of the $1.6 billion project to remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong has not been met with the expected enthusiasm.

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Negative gearing: scrap or preserve?

The Australian tax debate has placed negative gearing under scrutiny.

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The ‘sky rail’ saga: can big new transport projects ever run smoothly?

Tensions are rising in Melbourne over plans to use elevated rail to remove suburban level crossings.

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Urban research critical for securing Australia’s future

Improving how cities work is critical for Australia's future, according to the new director of RMIT's Centre for Urban Research (CUR), Professor Jago Dodson.

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Urban researcher in profile: Dr Crystal Legacy

Community concern can be ignored when government considers transport planning, but one RMIT researcher is delving deeper into the issue.

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