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Connecting Transit with Urban Development to Achieve 21st Century Goals for Perth

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • This paper imagines a Transit Oriented Region. It will imagine the region from the micro, the scale of

    Placemaking, to the macro of overall city structure. This paper attempts to calculate the costs and

    benefits a proposed expansion of the commuter rail for the Perth Metropolitan Region supplemented by

    light rail and bus rapid transit in a step by step methodology. The results show the combined proposals

    enable a doubling to tripling of the Perth public transport system. Urban development opportunities near

    the stations in the whole system could then absorb the next 30 years of medium density housing and over

    50 years of commercial work space without any further greenfield development or entering far into the

    established residential neighbourhoods. The results demonstrate residential infrastructure costs saved,

    tonnes of greenhouse gas saved, transportation costs over 50 years and others. External benefits would

    include health and productivity benefits from living in the new highly walkable centres. The heavy and light

    rail system costs estimates vary and financing via a ring-fenced value capture fund could significantly

    defray the costs of the rail system.

    Will such a plan make Perth a 21st Century global city? How much walking, transit, density, and mixed-use

    ‘complete community’ does a region require, precinct by precinct, to make any noticeable difference? The

    results of this paper will make suggestions towards the scale of the operation necessary and the frank

    discussions required if Australian Cites are to make appreciable changes to their form, mode splits,

    ecological impact and theirs citizen’s lifestyles.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hendrigan, C. (2013). Connecting Transit with Urban Development to Achieve 21st Century Goals for Perth. In K. Ruming, B. Randolph & N. Gurran (Eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings (pp. 1-17). State of Australian Cities Research Network.

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Abstract


  • This paper imagines a Transit Oriented Region. It will imagine the region from the micro, the scale of

    Placemaking, to the macro of overall city structure. This paper attempts to calculate the costs and

    benefits a proposed expansion of the commuter rail for the Perth Metropolitan Region supplemented by

    light rail and bus rapid transit in a step by step methodology. The results show the combined proposals

    enable a doubling to tripling of the Perth public transport system. Urban development opportunities near

    the stations in the whole system could then absorb the next 30 years of medium density housing and over

    50 years of commercial work space without any further greenfield development or entering far into the

    established residential neighbourhoods. The results demonstrate residential infrastructure costs saved,

    tonnes of greenhouse gas saved, transportation costs over 50 years and others. External benefits would

    include health and productivity benefits from living in the new highly walkable centres. The heavy and light

    rail system costs estimates vary and financing via a ring-fenced value capture fund could significantly

    defray the costs of the rail system.

    Will such a plan make Perth a 21st Century global city? How much walking, transit, density, and mixed-use

    ‘complete community’ does a region require, precinct by precinct, to make any noticeable difference? The

    results of this paper will make suggestions towards the scale of the operation necessary and the frank

    discussions required if Australian Cites are to make appreciable changes to their form, mode splits,

    ecological impact and theirs citizen’s lifestyles.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hendrigan, C. (2013). Connecting Transit with Urban Development to Achieve 21st Century Goals for Perth. In K. Ruming, B. Randolph & N. Gurran (Eds.), State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings (pp. 1-17). State of Australian Cities Research Network.

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