Research that moves

Public Transport Research Group

Gary Liddle, CEO of PTV, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Professor Graham Currie. Photo: Eric Brotchie

The University has formed a new partnership with Public Transport Victoria (PTV), leading the Public Transport Research Group (PTRG).

The PTRG will be jointly funded by PTV and Monash, with contributions from Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, VicRoads and the bus industry.

Under the guidance of the Department of Civil Engineering’s Professor Graham Currie, one of the world’s leading experts in public transportation, the PTRG will become a powerhouse of transport knowledge. Based at Clayton, the interdisciplinary group of over 50 international researchers will be well equipped to take on strategic studies and operational issues, from the perspective of both public transport users and providers, and the wider community.

“This initiative cements Monash University’s reputation as a world-leading, research intensive university in the field of public transport,” Professor Currie said.

“The research we will undertake will have significant impacts for our community, both in terms of improving the infrastructure we already have and developing solutions for the future.

“As Melbourne continues to grow, applied research of this type can progressively address the challenges and opportunities presented by all facets of our transportation network.”

PTRG is offering 18 PhD scholarships as part of the Sustainable and Effective Public Transport Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program, or SEPT-GRIP. SEPT-GRIP is the world’s largest cluster of PhD students in the field of public transport research, with candidates drawn from a range of disciplines, including Engineering, Information Technology, Art and Design, Accident Research, Science and Health.

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