Utilising transport data and technology, participants will review past and current patronage patterns and identify opportunities for future uptake.
New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes will address delegates at the Welcome Reception and said the national new mobility initiative will explore how future transport decisions will give people better choices for travel.
“Active transport is about giving people the freedom to decide how and when they want to move about, and with more people preferring to walk, cycle or use active mobility devices, we must explore how to better support them,” Mr Stokes said.
“As we strive to create 15-minute neighbourhoods, events like Mobility 2022 are important in discussing how we can use technology to help us get there.”
With the exception of Tasmania, the majority of Australian states and territories experienced a public transport patronage decline from January 2022 compared to January 2021, something which Segolene Deeley, Director Future Mobility and Corporate Affairs, Keolis Downer and Mobility 2022 National Community Transport Chair said will be examined.
“While there’s a gradual increase in commuters returning to the office and day-trippers visiting shops and city sites, trains, buses, trams and ferries remain below pre-COVID patronage levels. Our local and international transport experts will consider how people can be enticed back to shared transport services," said Ms Deeley.
“Public transport has a key role to play in the economic recovery, bringing people back to the city centers, activating precincts and providing vital links to main activity centres. While mobility behaviours have changed, technology has a key role to play to understand what the new mobility trends are, and provide innovative mobility solutions that are increasingly sustainable and inclusive.”
State-based issues will also be on the agenda with dedicated streams for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria initiatives, framed around updates from each state’s road agency, exploring what they’re working on in the new mobility space.
Susan Harris, CEO of ITS Australia, the peak body for advanced transport technology and host of Mobility 2022, said the in-person event marks a welcome shift in conference management and delivery.
“Nothing beats face-to-face interactions, and we are excited to welcome back international colleagues to Australia. This event is an opportunity to reconnect, build relationships and form new partnerships.
“Additionally, the conference will cover other important transport discussions at workshops for our Mobility Reference Group and Community Transport &Technology Group,” said Ms Harris.
Around 180 transport, technology and data experts are expected to attend Mobility 2022. Register to attend or view the program here.
Mobility 2022 will also include a number of other transport discussions, including:
- First and last mile
- Environmental impacts
- Active mobility
- App design and open-source platforms