Federal Government funds business case for south-east transport options

Monash University commends the Federal Government for putting forward funding for a business case to assess transport options for Melbourne's South-Eastern Economic Corridor, including the Caulfield - Rowville Trackless Rapid Transit (TRT).

The TRT option would offer a genuine alternative to traditional trains and trams – cheaper, faster to deliver and just as effective. In addition, the next generation vehicles run on dedicated road space, offering the ride and experience of a traditional tram without the need for tracks or overhead wires.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC said enhanced public transport options were needed for the betterment of the community and for the environment.

“The Caulfield – Rowville TRT Project could reduce greenhouse gas emissions considerably by replacing car travel with a mass transit service powered by renewable energy,” Professor Gardner said.

“Reducing congestion around the University, while also connecting our economic hubs, is a high priority that will provide sustainable solutions that benefit everyone.”

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, welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to fund the business case for the Caulfield-Rowville Trackless Rapid Transit.

“This announcement is another significant step towards building a project that will connect residents and workers in Melbourne’s South East to jobs, employment, education and health services, as well as improving access to the world-class retail, lifestyle and entertainment amenities at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital.”

For more visit the TRT website.