Transport policy: answering the questions of today and tomorrow
15 December 2020
Substantial transformation is occurring across our cities, thanks to urban population growth, technology disruptions, business model innovations and societal concerns such as climate change, health, and safety. The increasingly rapid rate of change is a real challenge. Governments, through policy and planning, can harness these shifts and take advantage of new opportunities, increasing resilience to emerging threats and maintaining community cohesion.
VLC’s newly created transport policy team covers all facets of the policy development process including goal setting, ideation, research, data analysis, stakeholder engagement, surveying, workshop facilitation, options analysis and the preparation of policy and strategy recommendations and reports.
VLC is a leader in Australia in transport modelling and economics – projecting trends and analysing costs and benefits. Our transport policy team leverages these skill sets and adds visioning, research and analysis to identify and address the major challenges and opportunities that may create step changes or require a different approach. We assist our clients in understanding the future, setting a vision and navigating a path through the expected disruptions in the transport sector.
We have expertise in the evolution of the automobile industry toward electrification, connectivity and automation along with potential shifts of ownership models to leasing, shared fleets or full Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offerings. The implications for infrastructure needs and travel behaviours will not be trivial and could transition rapidly.
Smart cities also need to consider more space-efficient travel – public and active transport modes as well as the evolution of micromobility and how this impacts expectations for road space, speed limits, and kerbside allocations.
Our transport policy team supports the evaluation of major projects and initiatives by assisting with the definition of future scenarios to test the robustness and resilience of transport projects to changes in travel demands or climate projections associated with different future assumptions.
We pride ourselves in keeping up with the latest trends in governance and industry, and are well-placed to answer the questions of today and tomorrow.
We are specialists in the following areas of transport policy:
- Emerging trends and disrupters
- Future scenario development for modelling and economic analysis
- Travel demand and congestion management
- Road pricing and funding models
- Travel behaviour change
- Electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
- Transport sector climate change mitigation strategies
- Connected and autonomous vehicles
- Micromobility and active transport
- Parking policy
- Integrated transport and land use
Learn more about our transport policy team and their recent projects.