Future mobility systems need to be universally accessible, safe, efficient and green. Green mobility mitigates greenhouse gas emission while reducing congestion and frustration, air pollution and noise pollution. Green mobility can be achieved by integrating regulations, financing, technology and infrastructure and promotion.

ARRB’s Sustainability and Resilience team offers multi-disciplinary expertise to support transport and road agencies and associated industry partners in identifying gaps, necessary steps, and appropriate instruments to attain sustainable development goals and improve the overall cost-effectiveness of mobility system.

Our expertise includes:

Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP)

Australia’s strong population growth coupled with the increasing sprawl of our cities is impacting community health and liveability, as well as our transport systems.

Congestion on our roads impacts economic prosperity and frustrates drivers, while public transport systems are regularly running at or above capacity. With over 85% of Australia’s population living in urban areas, finding relevant solutions is needed in order to unlock the full economic potential of current policies and trends.

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) approach is well established in Europe. It is seen as best practice and has been highly successful in delivering solutions to tackle current urban challenges: severe congestion, traffic deaths and injuries, poor air quality, noise emissions and high levels of CO2 emissions.

The method fosters a balanced development of all relevant transport modes, while encouraging a shift towards more sustainable modes. Many cities in Europe and beyond have successfully adopted the method in creating better and attractive cities to live, work and visit.

ARRB is planning to host a masterclass series on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) method and Cycling Infrastructure for safe and sustainable urban development. The masterclass will introduce the key elements of SUMP and how that will translate into value for your city and projects.

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Smart Cities and Smart Suburbs

The ARRB Smart Cities and Smart Suburbs programs and projects focus on the application of intelligent technology, data driven decision-making and people-focused solutions to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits in metropolitan and regional urban centres.

Many of our initiatives deliver innovative solutions that transform the local government sector, advance community goals and address the needs of community.

We also liaise with global partners to establish smart city innovation ecosystems and move Australia towards a global leadership position in smart city solutions.

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Case study

Mornington Peninsula Smart Parking and Amenities for High Demand Areas

With over 6.1 million tourists to the Mornington Peninsula annually, townships are under increasing pressure to provide a quality and fair parking experience for both visitors and residents.

In this project the Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS) is trailing a new smart parking and smart sensor approach to address the impacts of growing demand from communities and tourism without major infrastructure investment. This project is part of the Federally funded Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

In collaboration with RMIT, ARRB and leading-edge technology suppliers, the MPS is testing the performance of in-ground and camera car parking bay sensors, mobile electronic parking availability signage and a smart parking availability app.

The trial aims to make accessing the Rye precinct easier and more convenient, while providing a better parking experience for both residents and tourists. As part of the trial, the MPS also installed smart sensors to monitor the demands of bins, BBQs, toilets and walkways in Rye.

ARRB is collecting traffic data and users’ feedback data from the trial sites and conducting a comprehensive before-and-after evaluation to assess the community impacts. Our team will advise MPS on whether to extend the technology to other high-demand areas of the Mornington Peninsula.


Smart Mobility Living Lab

A Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) is a neighbourhood of innovation, sustainability and integrated communities.

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 480 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. ARRB’s vision sees Fishermans Bend as Australia’s leading innovation hub and first large-scale SMLL.

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ARRB is uniquely placed to drive this vision with our Port Melbourne headquarters located within the Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct. As transport and mobility experts who work in the precinct, ARRB is the first choice of the governments, industry and academia to partner on evidence-based transport research to support planning and investment in the SMLL precinct.

Working in the Fishermans Bend area, ARRB is promoting the SMLL vision and  our transport future by leading innovation in:

Partnerships and Collaboration

ARRB leads innovation in partnerships and collaboration by connecting people and organisations to share knowledge and create new insights. Our day-to-day business involves partnering with governments (at all three levels), industry and academia to deliver solutions for today’s and future transport’s challenges. We also host networking and knowledge sharing events at our offices all around Australia and other locations for special events, such as the ARRB Gala. As part of ARRB’s knowledge transfer promise our team also runs webinars to keep our stakeholders informed about what we are doing, including what our latest research outcomes are, and how we can help.

Understanding Travel Choices

Making the right investment decisions needs evidence-based understanding of how people and things move in and out and around the precinct. We aim to align our research efforts to specifically understand the current and future transport and mobility needs within the precinct, and the operational solutions that meet current and future challenges.

Demonstrating Smart Mobility Technology

As transport and mobility options continue to evolve, new opportunities will arise, flourish and sometimes fail. We devote our research skills and capabilities to test, trial and showcase current and emerging technological and operational solutions that meet current and future challenges (such as diverse travel needs and modes, congestion and GHG emissions, asset management, etc.)

Delivering a Resilient Transport Ecosystem

A resilient transport ecosystem allows for the efficient movement of people and goods regardless of traffic, infrastructure or weather-related disruptions. We research, test and promote solutions that enable more transport options to suit different user needs and conditions, as well as promoting resilient infrastructure and managed traffic solutions.






Get in contact to see what ARRB's Sustainability and Resilience team can do for you