Future of Transport

Agenda

Docklands, 09 October 2024

All times in AEDT

8:00 am

Registration and Networking

9:00 am

Opening from PSN & Acknowledgment of Country

9:10 am

Welcome from Event Chair

9:20 am

Keynote

Ministerial Keynote: Driving Progress: Transforming Transportation for Tomorrow

The Hon. Melissa Horne, Minister for Roads and Road Safety; Minister for Ports and Freight, Victorian State Government

The Hon. Melissa Horne, Minister for Roads and Road Safety; Minister for Ports and Freight, Victorian State Government

9:40 am

Using Data and AI to Support Transport Innovation

10:00 am

Government Keynote

Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Infrastructure for Transport

Jonathan Spear, Chief Executive, Infrastructure Victoria

  • Making carbon emissions count in infrastructure decision-making 
  • New assessment and procurement processes that can support better use of existing infrastructure 
  • Core principles and key recommendations to guide planning, sourcing, delivery and maintenance of infrastructure on the path to net zero

Jonathan Spear, Chief Executive, Infrastructure Victoria

10:20 am

Panel Discussion

Electrifying the Future: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Electric Vehicle Integration into Transportation Infrastructure

Kane Thornton, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council
Victoria Hart, Manager Sustainability and Climate, Merri-bek City Council

  • What are the key challenges cities face in integrating electric vehicles into existing transportation infrastructure, and what strategies can be employed to overcome these obstacles effectively? 
  • In what ways can public-private and First Nations partnerships facilitate the development of charging infrastructure and promote widespread adoption of electric vehicles among consumers? 
  • How can advancements in technology, such as smart grid systems and battery storage solutions, contribute to the scalability and sustainability of electric vehicle integration in both urban and rural settings?

Kane Thornton, Chief Executive, Clean Energy Council
Victoria Hart, Manager Sustainability and Climate, Merri-bek City Council

10:50 am

Morning Tea & Networking

11:20 am

Government Keynote

Planning for the Decarbonisation of the VLocity Fleet

  • Investigating how to decarbonise the VLocity fleet in a cost-effective manner whilst continuing to meet ever-increasing passenger demand 
  • Assessing technological interventions, with particular focus on hydrogen, sustainable diesel, battery-electric and partial electrification options 
  • How we evaluated the most suitable strategy to decarbonise the VLocity fleet and implications of the most promising emissions reduction options 

Susan Palmer-Cannon, Executive Director, Train and Tram Projects, Rolling Stock, Department of Transport
Michael Neale, Executive Director, Rolling Stock Engineering, Department of Transport

11:40 am

Transforming Public Transport CX with Customer and Vehicle Technologies

12:00 pm

Roundtables

Concurrent Roundtables

  1. Designing Smart Cities for Sustainable Mobility  
  2. Combining AI & ML Technologies to Optimise Multimodal Movement 
  3. Leveraging AI for Optimised Traffic Flow and Reduced Emissions 
  4. Electric Vehicle Fleet Integration and Management Systems 
  5. Advancements in Ride-Sharing Software Platforms  
  6. The Role of IoT in Monitoring and Improving Public Transport

12:40 pm

The Future of Smart Cities: Technologies Changing the Way We Live and Work

  • Improving road safety with automated vehicles and increasing network efficiency with automated and connected vehicles 
  • Improving traffic flow and creating more predictable journeys through a more integrated transport network 
  • Integrating a transport network to significantly improve business productivity through more efficient travel 
  • Reducing energy consumption through more efficient vehicles, more efficient driving and would remove the need for traditional infrastructure

1:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

2:00 pm

Roundtables

Concurrent Roundtables

  1. Designing Smart Cities for Sustainable Mobility  
  2. Combining AI & ML Technologies to Optimise Multimodal Movement 
  3. Leveraging AI for Optimised Traffic Flow and Reduced Emissions 
  4. Electric Vehicle Fleet Integration and Management Systems 
  5. Advancements in Ride-Sharing Software Platforms  
  6. The Role of IoT in Monitoring and Improving Public Transport

2:40 pm

Fireside Chat

What’s Next for Our Transport Systems and Infrastructure?

  • Exploring emerging technologies like electric and autonomous vehicles, as well as advanced infrastructure designs to enhance transport efficiency and safety 
  • Prioritising environmentally friendly modes of transportation, such as electric vehicles and green infrastructure, to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change 
  • Creating seamless connections between different modes of transport, including public transit, cycling, and walking, to improve accessibility and convenience for all commuters 
  • Preparing transport systems and infrastructure to withstand future challenges, including extreme weather events and population growth, by implementing robust resilience strategies and adaptable designs

PaoYi Tan, Head of Automated Vehicle Programme, National Transport Commission
Dr Sharn Enzinger, Executive Director, Metro Tram, Department of Transport and Planning

3:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Multimodal Transport Networks: Integration for Efficiency

  • How can cities effectively balance the integration of various modes of transportation, such as public transit, cycling, walking, and shared mobility services, to create seamless and efficient multimodal networks? 
  • What strategies can be employed to overcome challenges related to infrastructure development, interoperability, and coordination among different transportation providers within multimodal systems? 
  • In what ways can technology and data analytics be leveraged to optimize multimodal transport networks, improve user experience, and enhance accessibility for all residents? 
  • How can policymakers and urban planners ensure that multimodal transport networks prioritize equity and inclusivity, particularly for underserved communities, while also promoting sustainability and reducing congestion?

Andrew Newman, Director, Ports, Freight and Intermodal, Freight Victoria, Department of Transport and Planning
Melissa Dobric, Executive Director, Strategic Projects, Department of Transport and Planning
Jennifer Rebeiro, Executive General Manager, Enterprise Transformation, Transport Accident Commission

3:30 pm

Closing Remarks: Reflecting on Today's Insights and Tomorrow's Actions