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Site tour confirmed, call for papers open for Light Rail 2017

Tram leaving Broadwater Parklands on the Gold Coast Light Rail

The Australasian Railway Association is inviting submissions to present at its Light Rail Conference and Exhibition on the Gold Coast in February.

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise will play host to the two-day conference scheduled for February 21 and 22, 2017.

The fourth annual event, which is produced by the ARA along with Rail Express publisher Informa Australia, follows a successful Light Rail 2016 which took place in Melbourne earlier this year.

Light Rail 2017 will include a site tour of Bombardier’s Light Rail Depot Facility in Southport, which operates as part of the local Gold Coast Light Rail line.

Site tour attendees will visit the facility where the network’s FLEXITY 2 trams are maintained, cleaned and stabled overnight, and will also see the light rail control centre at the depot.

A call for papers to present at the event has been made, with submissions invited in the following areas:

  • Project delivery case studies
  • Planning and financing projects
  • Safety systems and collision avoidance technology
  • Human factors/ergonomics
  • Ticketing/smart cards
  • Data collection
  • Customer care
  • Security/use of CCTV
  • Integration with other transport modes and land use planning
  • Maintenance/condition monitoring
  • Power transmission
  • Communications/signalling
  • Rollingstock technology

Abstracts of no more than 150 words, including the presentation title and the name and job title of the proposed speaker, are to be submitted to

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 30. Presenters who are successful will be notified in early October.

Click here for more information about the event.