Project Fact Sheet (April 2020, 350Kb)

This project aims to help deliver the new concept of Transit Activated Corridors (TAC’s) which are main road corridors refurbished to provide higher capacity new technology transit integrated with higher density urban regeneration and affordable housing projects. Best practice tools and case studies will be provided through a multimedia digital communication package that will be interactive and accessible to industry and government, addressing decision-makers and practitioner needs.


This research will enable delivery of projects for new TAC’s featuring innovations in corridor transit technology and integrated designs for station-precinct urban regeneration and affordable housing, through new tools and new approaches for each stage of the planning, assessment, procurement, engagement and governance of these type of  projects. To do this it will:

  1. Evaluate TAC Case Studies in Different Urban and Regional contexts. It will show how new TAC’s can be delivered to provide greater housing choice and transit opportunities  using new assumptions, models and assessment frameworks, in different parts of Australian cities and regional towns.
  2. Consider the Best Enabling Frameworks for a TAC Business Case.  It will evaluate how emerging technologies in transit, electric micro-mobility and precinct design fit into new approaches to corridor refurbishment that integrate housing and transit, such as the mobility as service paradigm (MaaS), place and movement (P&M) strategies, and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPS). Assess new planning tools like SNAMUTS, and value uplift modelling, as well as factors such as health and well-being assessments in Cost Benefit Ratios. It will include how new tele-commuting technologies can reduce the need for travel post-COVID-19.
  3. Develop a TAC Tool Box for Professional Development. New multimedia tools (especially post-COVID-19) will be used to create communications opportunities for the new corridor and precinct technology assessments, new approaches to corridors, new models, new assessment processes and their detailed elaboration in case studies. They will be made available showing how to deliver better urban outcomes, particularly related to delivering urban regeneration (including how to deliver diverse affordable housing options) and innovative transport technologies.

Industry Outcomes

Supports development of innovation in how to create more sustainable, productive, liveable, affordable and healthy outcomes in urban form and transport systems through a new approach called Transit Activated Corridors.  Case studies involving private sector and government interests will demonstrate how to deliver these TAC’s in different parts of cities and also regional towns. It will provide a TAC Tool Box in a multimedia platform that will be available for professional development and capacity building.


Documents for Downloading

The following documents provide additional detail regarding this current research, including project outcomes to date:

Fact Sheet

Delivering Transit Activated Corridors (April 2020, 350Kb)


Newman P, Mouritz M, Verschuer M, Davies-Slate S, Caldera S, Desha C and Reid S (2019) “Trackless Trams and Australian Urban Fabric”. Presented at State of Australian Cities Conference, December 2019.

Caldera S, Desha C, Reid S, Newman P and Mouritz M (2020) “Principles of Design for ensuring Sustainable Urban Centres”. Paper presented at 1st Asia Pacific Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Conference, Gold Coast, April 2020.

Caldera S, Cheryl Desha, Sacha Reid, Peter Newman, Mike Mouritz (year) “Applying a Place Making Sustainable Centres Framework to Transit Activated Corridors in Australian cities” – Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Link to article : (

Ndlovu, V., & Newman, P (2020)“Leapfrog Technology and How It Applies to Trackless Tram” – Published in the Journal of Transportation Technologies Link to article : (

Ndlovu V, Newman P and Sidambe M (2020) “Prioritisation and Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs): Challenges and Opportunities for Bulawayo” – Published in the Journal of Sustainable Development Link to article : (

Newman P, Hargroves C and Conley D (2019) “Bridging the Urban Transport Infrastructure Gap – In the Context of Smart and Resilient Cities – the Role of Private Sector and Public-Private-Partnerships”. Background Paper for Twelfth Regional EST Forum in Asia. October 2019, Viet Nam, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

Newman, P.; Davies-Slate, S.; Conley, D.; Hargroves, K.; Mouritz, M (2021). “From TOD to TAC: Why and How Transport Policy Needs to Shift to Regenerating Main Road Corridors with New Transit Systems”. Preprints 2021, 2021060209 (

Ndlovu, V. and Newman, P. (2021) Designing a Transit Oriented Development with a Trackless Tram System – Case Study Bulawayo. Urban Studies and Public Administration, 4(2).

Vinnet Ndlovu, Peter Newman, (2021) How Would the Trackless Tram System and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Apply to Bulawayo?, Current Urban Studies Vol.9 No.1,  February 2

Earley R and Newman P (2021) “Transport in the aftermath of covid-19: lessons learned and future directions” Journal of Transportation Technologies, 10.

Sharma R and Newman P (2020) Land Value Capture Tools: Integrating Transit and Land Use through Finance to Enable Economic Value Creation, Modern Economy, 11, 938-964.

Newman P (2020) Cool Planning: How urban planning can mainstream responses to climate change, Cities, 103: 102651

Newman P (2020) Covid, Cities and Climate: Historical and Potential Transitions for the New Economy Urban Science 4(3), 32;

Caldera S, Cheryl Desha, Sacha Reid, Peter Newman, Mike Mouritz (2020) Principles of Design for ensuring Sustainable Urban Centres, J of SDEWES.