Why can't we just...? The challenges of transforming Melbourne's tram network into a modern, efficient, accessible light rail network

Melbourne’s venerable tram network is being transformed into a modern, efficient and accessible light-rail system to meet inner city growth, accessibility requirements and changing patterns of travel. Implementing change is difficult because the system is embedded in the surrounding urban fabric and the existing infrastructure has many capacity constraints. We examine these constraints through the lens of four current case-studies of network change - on-road priority, E-Class tram roll-out, St Kilda Road route restructure and timetable development. A layered planning model is then developed that provides insight into the obduracy of different parts of the network and points at actions to meet the challenge of socio-technical network change that lies between the strategic network planning and user-focused tactical spheres.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference, 15-18 August 2017, Melbourne

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  • Accession Number: 01664013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2018 12:28PM