Policy report

Chasing urban mobility: Moving towards a connected sustainable future

Arcadis Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017
Cities and towns Public transport Urban planning Australia

Arcadis’ 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index, compiled in partnership with research firm Cebr, tracks the overall performance of the mobility systems in 100 cities around the world. The index is built from 23 separate indicators grouped into three sub-indices: People, Planet and Profit.

Combining these individual metrics and sub-indices into an overall index score gives an indicative picture of the current state of a city’s urban mobility environment.

Key findings:

- Australian cities are largely middle of the road in the index, with Brisbane (48) the top ranked, followed by Sydney (51), Canberra (53), Melbourne (55) and Perth (87).

- Hong Kong takes the top spot in the overall index, places sixth in the Profit sub-index, and returns to the top spot in the People subindex, boosted by its innovative and well-connected metro network and a high share of trips taken by public transport.

- By region, European cities most consistently rank the highest, occupying seven of the top ten spots. Zurich, Paris and Prague are the highest placed European cities, ranking second, third and fourth respectively, benefiting from strong scores in the Planet and Profit sub-indices due to established infrastructure, efficient metro systems and commitment to green technology.

- Asian cities also rank highly, taking three of the top ten spots. Modern metro systems, large airports and low usage of private vehicles help boost the rankings of developed Asian cities such as Seoul and Singapore. Other Asian cities would score higher were it not for damaging levels of urban pollution and emissions.

- Brisbane (48) was the top ranked Australian city, benefiting from a long-term plan with major infrastructure projects, including the Brisbane Metro, the European Train Control System and Cross River Rail.

- Australia’s cities are behind global counterparts due to no existing metro systems and moderate to low uptake of public transport. The recent significant investment in transit systems is yet to be realised in the rankings.

- Australian cities are driving innovative funding models for future transit infrastructure, including the New South Wales Government’s strong asset recycling strategy.

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