Monash University welcomes the commitment by the Federal Opposition to invest in a business case for the electric Trackless Rapid Transport (TRT) – the next generation of rapid transit transforming Melbourne’s South-Eastern Economic Corridor.
The 19km route, which would take in Monash University’s Caulfield and Clayton campuses, Chadstone Shopping Centre and connect to Rowville, could carry 1800 passengers per hour in each direction, helping to significantly reduce traffic congestion and solve the lack of a mass public transport option in the region.
Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC said TRT will provide an enhanced public transport option for the community, while also improving mobility within the Monash Technology Precinct, a world-leading innovation ecosystem.
“Monash University’s Clayton campus can reach the population size of a major regional city on any given day. Reducing congestion around the University, while also connecting our economic hubs, is a high priority.
“Sustainable, environmentally-friendly and accessible transport alternatives are needed now, so a commitment to developing a $6 million full business case is a welcome first step.
“Once realised, this simple, cost-effective transport solution could help streamline the commute for thousands of people each day, making the journey throughout the south-east corridor that much easier.”
The TRT is a joint proposal by Monash University and Vicinity Centres, which owns Chadstone Shopping Centre. Josef Seidler, Regional General Manager Development, Vicinity Centres added: “Vicinity Centres welcomes today’s commitment from the Federal Opposition to fund the business case for Caulfield-Rowville Trackless Rapid Transit.
“We have been advocating for this project as part of our long-standing and collaborative relationship with Monash University and our shared vision for improving public transport in our region.”