RailSmart Planning Wanneroo

RailSmart Planning Wanneroo

PATREC is involved in a federal Smart Cities funded project in association with the City of Wanneroo. The project aims to develop a planning support system to model the optimisation of potential employment creation and public transport usage off the back of the northern line railway extension project. The public forum website for the project can be reached here.

RailSmart Planning Wanneroo

On the 7th February 2018, the University of Western Australia signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia to provide a RailSmart Planning Support System. The project falls under the Commonwealth’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program which “…provides funding to support projects that apply innovative smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design to urban challenges to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits in metropolitan and regional urban centres. For the purposes of this program, smart technologies generate, store, communicate and process data to target urban challenges. Smart technologies enable local governments and their communities to work together and make better decisions about designing, delivering and using public assets, services and spaces by helping to:

  • actively engage the community in planning and policy decisions;
  • address economic, social and environmental challenges; and
  • increase the efficiency and effectiveness of urban service delivery.”

The Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC), submitted the application for Commonwealth funding together with the City of Wanneroo. The City of Wanneroo is seeking to activate the employment potential around the newly funded rail extension, which includes three new stations.

The RailSmart Planning Support System seeks to provide the City of Wanneroo with:

  • Suite of integrated RailSmart Planning Support Tools and associated data repositories:
    • Enhanced Employment Self-sufficiency Tool to enable targeting and monitoring of employment types in relation to travel patterns.
    • Activity Centre Node-Place Analysis and Activation Tool to test the impact of alternative station design scenarios.
    • Dynamic Accessibility Planning Tool to evaluate impacts of land use changes on access to workers and work using travel time data.
    • A Rapid Appraisal Model to support economic benefit and cost assessments for proposed travel demand initiatives and last mile solutions.
  • Open, integrated planning support digital ICT platform which will:
    • Store and integrate digital data sources in order to support data-driven, evidence-based planning models;
    • Provide access to open data sources and integrate knowledge discovery modules for generating new knowledge from the data, and
    • Communicate through a dashboard to visualise historic and real time activity, outputs of the tools and analysis of travel behaviour databases.

More information is available at the project's community engagement website

Contact: Dr Linda Robson

Phone: 08 6488 8029