On the right track: the future of Australian and New Zealand transport infrastructure

19 October 2016  •  Author(s): Yasha Vojdani, Interim Executive Director & Angé Anczewska, Manager of Development and Engagement at UITP Australia New Zealand (UITPANZ),

On the right track: the future of Australian and New Zealand transport infrastructure

By 2050 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban environments – up from an average of 50% today. Australia and New Zealand are ahead of the curve in this respect, with close to 90% of the population currently living in urbanised areas. For Eurotransport, Yasha Vojdani, Interim Executive Director and Angé Anczewska, Manager of Development and Engagement at UITP Australia New Zealand (UITPANZ), provide details of current major public transport infrastructure projects across the region. These investments demonstrate commitment by Federal, State and Local governments to developing urban infrastructure for a growing and highly urbanised population, and highlight that effective public transport infrastructure networks are vital for the future growth, efficiency and productivity of cities.

Unlike other major cities around the world, Australia and New Zealand have the luxury of space and, as such, our cities have tended to develop over larger geographies, resulting in lower population densities. This type of topography creates challenges for public transport planning and delivery as less-efficient transport outcomes are typically achieved when compared with higher density geographies. For example, as a population we are highly reliant on our cars and, on average, our urban population will only take one public transport trip for every 10 urban private car trips.

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