Transurban: The impacts of infrastructure on travel choice (2021-22)

The impacts of infrastructure on travel choice (2021-22)

Date close:
Sunday, 5th September 2021

This project is proudly funded and supported by Transurban.

Collins Square office pending COVID-19 restrictions, otherwise remote work. Address: Level 31, Tower 5, 727 Collins Street, Docklands
Description of the project:

Our urban transport network is the backbone of the economic and social activity within our cities, and as our population continues to grow infrastructure development is a key factor in supporting productive growth.

New roads in particular provide additional critical capacity to improve travel times and provide additional travel choices. They also influence development patterns, travel behaviour, and travel choices. Some changes happen quickly and some, like land-use planning changes and demographic shifts, happen more gradually.

This project seeks to uncover and evaluate some of the biggest factors affecting changes in the use of infrastructure using analytical approaches that aim to bring together traditional, new, and unique data sources available to Transurban.

Through a combination of research, analytics, and modelling, the project team will combine data analytics, demographics, travel behaviour, and transport modelling expertise to examine what and why people use our roads and how that changes over time.

Project Aims:

A range of outcomes are likely from the work, including:

An effective tool to examine relevant data and provide insights into key factors affecting travel choices and change

Insights into potential factors influencing travel choice, including:

how land-use changes influence growth rates and development patterns

To what extent and why do travel choices and behaviour change over time

Are behavioural changes such as working from home, impacting land use and development patterns and infrastructure choice (use of public transport)

How external factors such as tolls, availability of services (such as public transport, and car ownership), public information, and marketing impact consumer acceptance and adoption rates

What influence factors such as trip purpose, (eg. business vs leisure trips), have on travel choice

What impact traffic impacts have on progressive change (eg. Congestion and route choice)

Available to:
All Students
Art Design and Architecture
Business and Economics
Information Technology
Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences
Employment Type:
Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
Hold an Australian permanent resident/humanitarian visa, or
Hold an international student visa (Must be Melbourne placed during placement period)

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2021 to end of February 2022..

Selection and Required Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar

  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select

  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project(s) you apply for

  • Quick Learners, adaptable and enthusiastic.

  • Career goals and ambitions

  • Successful interview with industry partner

  • Knowledge of: Mathematics / Statistics / Econometrics / Behaviour Change

  • Knowledge of: Transport Planning / Modelling / Regional Planning / Demographics

Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.

  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.

12 weeks
Max number of recipients:
Date close:
Sunday, 5th September 2021

Transurban is an Australian-owned company and we build and operate toll roads in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as in Greater Washington, United States and Montreal, Canada.

We design our roads for the long term, ensuring they’ll deliver real and lasting benefits to cities and their communities. While you’re thinking about getting home on time today, we’re also thinking about how you’ll get home 10 or 20 years from now.

We’re also a technology company – we research and develop innovative tolling and transport technology that makes travel easier for everyone.

As an industry leader, we set high standards for our performance on social and environmental issues, and we invest in both to create social inclusion and manage our environmental impacts. We’re also a member of our local communities. We build parks and bike paths, create new community facilities, and plant trees for wildlife habitats – helping people connect with each other and their neighbourhoods.