Traffic congestion



The Suburban Rail Loop: not needed, not fit for purpose and a debt bomb

This report examines the merits of the Victorian government's decision to invest in the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) project, as part of their overall 'Big Build' infrastructure policy.
Conference paper

Experience of high-rise apartment living in Australia: a case study of Southbank, Melbourne

This research explored how high-rise residents experience Southbank, their sense of place and how they live there. Two key questions are: What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within the high-rise building in which they live? and What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within...

Pricing out congestion: experiences from abroad

This report focuses on the international experiences around congestion pricing - that is, the use of road charges that may discourage motorists to avoid travelling at peak times on busy routes.

The future of the last-mile ecosystem

This report analyses 24 interventions that can reduce emissions, congestion and delivery costs for the urban last-mile. With the ecosystem-wide change, interventions could reduce emissions and traffic congestion by 30%, and delivery cost by 25%, compared to the “do-nothing” scenario.

The price is right: the road to a better transport system

This report shows that in the absence of proper road user pricing, congestion is becoming the new normal in New Zealand's urban centres, costing the economy billions of dollars every year.

Right time, right place, right price: a practical plan for congestion charging in Sydney and Melbourne

Last week’s Grattan report, Why it’s time for congestion charging, argued that congestion charging is the most effective way to make Australia’s capital cities work better. This new report lays out a detailed, feasible, and fair congestion-charging scheme for Australia’s two biggest cities.

Why it’s time for congestion charging: better ways to manage busy urban roads

Everyone wants less congestion - it would make life easier for drivers and make our cities work better. This plan attempts to tackle traffic congestion, without asking Australian communities to pay billions of dollars for major new roads.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Why our trains and roads are likely to remain congested, despite immigration freeze

The Coalition has promised to ease the pressure on Australia's major cities by imposing a "freeze" on immigration levels. So why does the Government's own budget predict an increase in new migrants over the next four years?
Discussion paper

Fair and efficient congestion pricing for downtown Seattle

Uber supports congestion pricing as a solution to urban traffic and so sponsored this white paper to explore the potential impacts of one approach to introducing tolls in Seattle. This analysis uses the best available information on regional travel patterns and the Seattle road network...

Seattle congestion pricing study: phase 1 summary report

The City of Seattle is exploring congestion pricing as a way to address traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a more equitable transportation system. This summary report includes highlights of the work to date.
Briefing paper

Transport congestion: critical policy brief

This briefing draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s transport research community to inform policy makers and the wider community on the critical challenge presented by congestion.
Conference paper

Road pricing and the balance of power in Australia and New Zealand

Road pricing might seem a great idea but the accepted wisdom is that it will never happen in Australia or New Zealand. However, moves have been afoot in Auckland and Melbourne since the early 2000s to consider schemes for both cities. In Auckland the national...

Five-year focus: Immediate actions to tackle congestion

This paper identifies key problem areas now, and in the future, on Melbourne’s transport network, and examines what can be done over the next five years to improve travel time and reliability.

Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney and Melbourne

This report argues that road congestion charges should be introduced in Sydney and Melbourne, as both cities face traffic gridlock in the future unless decisive action is taken to manage congestion.

Benefits from Auckland road decongestion

This report takes a detailed look at the social and economic costs of congestion to Auckland’s lifestyle and economy.
Discussion paper

The road ahead: how an efficient, fair and sustainable pricing regime can help tackle congestion

This is the first in a series of papers on transport network pricing from Infrastructure Victoria’s research program. The overall aim of this series is to examine the options, challenges and opportunities for transport network pricing in Victoria. This paper outlines the problems with the...

How digital infrastructure can substitute for physical infrastructure

This paper discusses the next wave of digital technology adoption that can potentially be substitutive for physical infrastructure. In particular, we examine the impact of emerging information and communications technologies (ICT) on the demand for roads over the next three to four decades.
Conference paper

Removing the effects of socioeconomic status on the geographic distribution of asthma events

Recent research in Perth, Western Australia has found that the risk of emergency department presentation for asthma is higher among children who live closer to major urban centres such as Perth and Fremantle. However, an increase in socio-economic status is also strongly associated with proximity...

Urban congestion: why 'free' roads are costly

Many see traffic jams as a fact of city life, but its root cause is overuse of a common resource – the urban road network. Putting a price on access to roads at busy times could encourage individuals to change their travel plans, according to...
Conference paper

Before and after Sydney’s M4 Motorway: did it make the city more sustainable?

Induced traffic growth has significant implications for the sustainability of urban systems. These are discussed in tandem with a brief review of the debate that has taken place around induced traffic growth.