News Date: 20 Apr 2017
The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference will profile major transport initiatives across the State set to bolster infrastructure networks, including the flagship Brisbane Metro Subway System project.
Brisbane City Council announced plans for Brisbane Metro upgrades in 2016, as one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Conceived as a high frequency, rapid transport connection, the Metro will tackle current challenges facing Brisbane's overtaxed bus network which has reached capacity at many inner city locations.
The seven kilometre Brisbane Metro route will run from Woolloongabba to Herston, with stops at Mater Hill, South Bank, connecting to a new underground station at Cultural Centre, continuing over Victoria Bridge and into a new underground portal at Adelaide Street linking with the King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and QUT Kelvin Grove stations.
Reduced travel times and inner city bus congestion as well as more services in the suburbs are expected to result from improvements to the service. The project will rely on existing Inner Northern and South East busway infrastructure as well as dedicated roads and tunnels to avoid road network congestion.
Brisbane City Council Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Public and Active Transport Committee, Councillor Adrian Schrinner will discuss the economic benefits of the Brisbane Metro project as well as provide project overviews and timelines at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference.
Connected transport is emerging as a strong market trend in Brisbane’s infrastructure future with the CSIRO’s Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) designed to better inform investment in roads. TraNSIT analyses transport logistics costs and benefits, giving a holistic view of infrastructure investments and regulatory changes in agriculture and forestry supply chains.
CSIRO Land and Water Principal Research Scientist Andrew Higgins will profile TraNSIT applications to the $100 million Northern Australian Beef Roads Programme in 2016 and to other infrastructure investments across Australia at the Conference.
The Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project aims to transform Townsville into a central transport and logistics hub in Queensland. Appearing at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference, Building Queensland Chief Executive Officer Damian Gould will discuss the proposed rail freight line which would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville.
The rail corridor would create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system and a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. The project would also create up to 300 new jobs in the rail construction phase and help Queensland’s economy become more competitive by unlocking trade opportunities.
Transurban Project Director Andrew Baker will profile the $512 million Logan Enhancement project at the Conference which is set to deliver major upgrades to parts of the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, including the elimination of key congestion points and the addition of new south-facing ramps at Compton Road. The project is expected to reduce congestion, improve travel time, accommodate future growth and enhance connectivity.
The widespread interest and investment into the future of self-driving cars and artificial intelligence will be examined by Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Michael Milford in a presentation at the Conference. The presentation will profile the unprecedented disruptive challenges self-driving cars pose for industry, government bodies and society as well as the various technological components of self-driving cars.
The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will take place on the 23-24th May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.