Revolutionary changes in the automated mass transit present a unique challenge and opportunity for Australia, according to a new report released by the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.
The Committee’s Chair, John Alexander, said that if properly rolled out, the automation and electrification of Australian mass transport in Australia’s cities and regions stands to make the country greener, more accessible and more liveable.
“Achieving this outcome will demand vision and leadership from government,” Mr Alexander said.
“We need to make the timely provision of the supporting infrastructure for the transition to the fuels of the future.”
The Innovating Transport Across Australia report makes 17 key recommendations, addressing issues surrounding automated transport and alternative energy sources. The recommendations include the establishment of a new Office of National Chief Engineer, development a new, automated transport ecosystem and the development of a national hydrogen strategy.
“Ideally, our transport networks will consist of integrated multi-modal networks—systems operating across a variety of transport modes, connected by information exchanges with seamless ticketing,” Mr Alexander conclude.