Continuing growth in population and vigorous economic activity in Western Australia has led to substantial changes in urban boundaries, residential relocation, a steep increase in car ownership, increase in multi-modal travel and freight movements, with effects on congestion and associated societal costs.
These changes also occurred outside city areas and in response to them the planning efforts have started to focus on supertowns and increased accessibility.
This increase in passenger and freight movements provides the motivation for the need to accurately estimate the travel and transport demand – in order to ensure adequate supply, and the impacts of it on the people and urban systems (natural and built environment).
The research activities address primarily the research question: “What are the multi-perspective impacts of and solution for decoupling economic growth and liveability in metropolitan Perth – accommodating economic growth whilst retaining and enhancing quality of life?” but also crossover to the area of regional development.
This program responds to the following PATREC focus areas: