PATREC works with government agencies and other researchers on the latest emerging topics. 

2019 - 2021

Managing transport system investment risk: enhancing patronage predictions and adapting strategic asset management and appraisal processes to account for emerging trends and uncertainty.

For transport planners and government transport agencies, the uncertainties of emerging technologies and changing trends challenge conventional transportation decision-making, both for long- and short-term planning. The purpose of this project is to adapt key existing planning tools, guidelines and frameworks to account for uncertainty of changing trends and emerging technologies. This will enable the Transport Portfolio of WA to better manage transport infrastructure investment risks.

Public confidence in use and roll-out of shared, automated and electric – retirement village shuttle bus trial.

This overall purpose of this project is to provide unique experimental data on the effects of exposure to and trial of a SAEV on older people’s attitudes, intentions, and behaviours relating to SAEV use.

Industrial land analysis – freight demand forecasting.

The aim of this project is to further our understanding of Fremantle container trade and its relationship to freight transport usage across Perth and Western Australia. A particular focus of the project is to assist in the analysis of intermodal freight activity and to inform government policy aimed at improving intermodal usage into the future.

2017 - 2019

Addressing Future Uncertainties of Perth at 3.5 million: What-if Scenarios for Mass Transit.

Informed the implementation of P&P@3.5 million – research into LU mix and intensity at stations and activity corridors to support 11% mode share target thereby informing business plans for investment in station precincts.

Factors Affecting Travel Behaviour Change.

Research to target the most appropriate travel demand management interventions for different demographic groups to reach 11% aspirational mode share targets in the transport plan for P&P@3.5.

An Appraisal of Travel Plans and Voluntary Transport Behaviour Projects.

Research to identify and and allow for appraisal of a targeted suite of TDM instruments that will be necessary in managing congestion. In particular, travel plans and DOT’s flagship voluntary travel behaviour change (VTBC) program, Your Move. 

Understanding Travel Behaviour Patterns and Trends.

Performance monitoring in near real time – feed into the Directions/P&P@3.5 Annual Report Card; public transport on demand matrix validation, improve strategic modelling assumptions; inform PARTS survey sample frame, supporting evidence-based policy formulation.

Understanding Road Freight Demand Generation Patterns Per Industry Type – Perth Road Freight Analysis.

Provided data on road freight activity (scale, nature, origin-destination pattern and growth trends) and support planning for economic clusters.

RailSmart Wanneroo Planning Support System

A proof-of-concept Planning Support System which demonstrates the application of academic research to better inform public decision making. Using evidence-based modelling, future development scenarios in terms of employment creation and public transport patronage in the City of Wanneroo can be tested. 

RAC Pulse of Perth

The real-time travel patterns of Perth commuters captured in a timelapse video. 


2013 - 2016

Independent Transport Modelling Review.

Responding to transport modelling needs, capabilities and gaps, identified through a rigorous transport modelling stakeholder engagement process, the review examined current transport modelling practices in Perth, benchmarking them against best practice in Australia and overseas.

Congestion Abatement through Travel Demand Management.

Developed a working definition of travel demand management (TDM), capturing various perceptions on what travel demand management is thought to be and compile a matrix of measures being implemented. Focus was placed on  approaches to assess TDM policies targeted at congestion mitigation including measures of congestion.

Mass Rapid Transit @3.5

To research, evaluate and advise on the options for the primary mass transit network to serve the Perth and Peel metropolitan region to cater for a population of 3.5 million and beyond as set out in the documents making up the Perth Planning Framework.

Activity Centres: Making Land Use and Transport Work – Stations in or near freeway medians – reconciling node/place conflicts.

To inform decisions regarding the co-location of new freeways, rail lines/stations and activity centres and also strategies to improve land use and transport outcomes in existing settings.

AURIN WA Data Hub.

To enable programmatic access to WA data through the AURIN portal to allow urban researchers, policy and decision makers across Australia to interrogate and analyse WA spatial datasets along with many other datasets within the AURIN environment. The focus was on transport and urban planning datasets.

Stated Preference Survey – Experimental Design.

To design a suite of Stated Preference (SP) surveys and to examine the advantages and feasibility of combining these SP surveys with the upcoming Perth and Regions Travel Survey (PARTS, scheduled for 2016) to improve the mode choice component of Perth’s strategic models of the current strategic models.

WA Freight Studies – Stage 2.

The Urban Freight project  provides a qualitative understanding of freight vehicle usage per industry sector supply chain, starting with the grocery sector of the retail industry as a pilot to provide a platform for a more fine-grained analytical study.

Activity Centre Accessibility.

The study ascertains, through analysis of accessibility and development potential, which activity centres should be prioritised to support decentralisation of jobs, encourage better integration of transport and land use and ultimately aid the evaluation of a more compact, consolidated and connected city.

Infrastructure Funding Research Priorities and Project Planning.

Research that integrates value capture into the PPP framework so that predicted value capture receipts can be factored into the PPP framework for funding of construction and operation.

Seed Projects:

    • Use of Mobile Fitness Application Data to Model Bicycle Usage Patterns 
    • Suburbs Research for Australian Cities 
    • Transport Technology Futures 
    • Travel Behaviour Change
    • Employment self-sufficiency 

ARC LIEF Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure (UADI) Project.

Develops an urban analytics data infrastructure that builds on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN). Specifically it developed and implemented a technical framework for Urban Transport infrastructure, modes, quantity and quality.

iMOVE Bid-related seed projects:

    • Network operations research needs
    • Freight industry research needs

Creating Age Friendly Communities:  Local Transport Solutions Project

PATREC contributed the component of Evaluation of age-friendly community pilot transport services to a broader project which was used to inform the development of an Integrated Transport Strategy for the Wheatbelt to allow older residents across the Wheatbelt to better access key services and infrastructure

Urban – Freight vehicle usage of Perth metropolitan area roads – Regional – Grain freight activity on southern Wheatbelt roads

A qualitative understanding of freight vehicle usage per industry sector supply chain, starting with the retail industry to provide a platform for more fine-grained analytical study.

The Regional Freight project wa a first attempt to gain some systematic knowledge of grain road freight usage