Creating Connected Places Through Integrated Shared Mobility

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the 2017 Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane on Monday 10th – Tuesday 11th July 2017. 

Mrs Sue Wiblin, General Manager of Mobility Services for NRMA will be attending this year’s conference, discussing the topic of“Creating connected places through integrated shared mobility”.

Infrastructure Australia recently reported that eight of the nine most congested corridors in Australia are roads in NSW.  Congestions costs billions of dollars every year and people are spending more time in traffic and less time with family or in productive work.   As the population grows, particularly in suburban areas, congestion will also increase.

Major arterial corridors will become more congested but local roads will also struggle to cope with more and more people driving to transport nodes and motorway access points.  In the peak, the increase in local traffic will increase travel times for everyone including parents dropping children at school and people commuting to work within the local area.  Communities will become less connected and less liveable.

Public transport is the most efficient mode for moving large numbers of people across cities and connecting more people into transport nodes and nearby destinations using shared mobility services is a key factor in addressing congestion both at a micro and macro level.

The NRMA is developing a new type of mobility service to help address congestion.   Micro-transit is a high frequency, technology enabled shared mobility service that provides some of the convenience of driving alone while at the same time enhancing the convenience of public transport.  Over time, NRMA believe this type of service could reduce road congestion by taking cars off the road and increasing the accessibility and convenience of public transport.

The presentation will review micro-transit programs at Macquarie Park and Sydney Olympic Park.  The pilots are being developed with a range of stakeholders and aim to reduce car usage and create connected and sustainable places for residents, employees, employers, students and visitors.  More, the presentation will discuss how this collaborative approach to integrated shared mobility services could deliver social and economic outcomes in precincts across Australia.