Enhancing Urban Sustainability through Integrated Transport Planning in Three of the Larges Australian Cities

The traditional urban transport planning process has given rise to unsustainable transport systems. Higher car ownership, more and longer trips and less public transport are direct outcomes of traditional transport planning. This has brought about astronomical community costs in terms of road facilities and injuries, congestion, massive capital investment and environmental degradation. The recent transport plans in metropolitan cities in Australia have been developed within the integrated transport and land use framework and are a crucial part of the strategic plans for improving the quality of life and liveability in these cities. Key sets of goals aimed at enhancing sustainability include: (a) increased share of public transport modes, cycling, and walking; and (b) improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In order to ensure the achievement of these objectives, massive investments and expansion of public transport are being pursued. This paper aims at examining the action plans for achieving the key objective of sustainability. The discussion focuses on target, plans and measures for achieving the desired outcomes as well as the alignment of transport plans with related environmental management strategies for the cities. These are brought out through detailed examination and evaluation of the recent urban transport plans of the three largest cities in Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 333-342
  • Monograph Title: Urban Transport XI: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 184564008X
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2005 4:40PM