With one week left until Light Rail 2020, the conference agenda and proceedings are firming up, with light rail projects around the country passing milestones and announcing major components of their delivery.
Newcastle Light Rail recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, after carrying its one millionth passenger in December, 2019. In Sydney, the CBD to Randwick line carried two million passengers in just two months, with the spur to Kensington expected to open in March.
In the ACT, the government has announced that trams will travel along wire free tracks to preserve heritage vistas, and will travel over grassed sections, further committing the project to sustainable outcomes, having already sourced its power from renewable energy.
In Melbourne, an upgraded tram terminus opened to serve the city’s expanding fleet of new vehicles.
With these announcements occurring in the lead up to Light Rail 2020, the conference will be the forum for the discussion of the variety of operational approaches, and the appetite for Australian governments and transit authorities to continue to invest in the transport mode.
Confirmed sessions include seminars on data, integration, and customer service; safety and accessibility; corridor design to reduce collisions; on-board energy storage; and updates on key projects.
As these projects move into operational stages, the next generation of rail professionals will be needed to ensure their longevity, and young rail professionals under 35 receive a 50 per cent discount on registration.
Key sessions are:
- Data, integration and customer service;
- Modernising safety; operational excellence and accessibility: Adapting to melbourne’s growing needs;
- Global safety developments and innovation in light rail;
- Tram corridor design, configuration and strategies to minimise tram collisions;
- Sustainable innovation in power and automation: On-board energy storage systems (OESS) in light rail;
- Light rail and rejuvenation industry panel;
- Parramatta Light Rail: The contract model and key learnings to date;
- Sydney Light Rail;
- Successfully delivering technology to the Sydney Light Rail project;
- Canberra spotlight;
- Canberra’s light rail network: Lessons learnt, stage 2 and beyond; and
- Benefits of early collaboration and system integration.
To register, click here.