Event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet?

Event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet?
Alastair TaylorMay 25, 2017

On Wednesday next week, RMIT's Centre for Urban Research is holding its third monthly Talking Transport event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet?

It is a free, ticketed event, to be held at RMIT's Building 80 - located at 445 Swanston Street - level 11, room 10 from 6:00 pm.


Recently, the Australian Government pledged $30 million in addition to the Victorian Government's $10 million for the development of a business case for a rail link between Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and city, much to the delight of many Victorians.

A train between the airport and city may seem like a no-brainer for Melbourne, but are there details that may derail our expectations?

Join us for the third instalment of RMIT Centre for Urban Research’s Talking Transport series where we bring together leading experts from government, academia, industry and the community sector, to explore and identify real solutions for our city’s future mobility.

The panelists will be seeking to address:

  • Should the link be privately or publicly owned?
  • How will that affect ticket pricing?
  • What route should the link take?
  • Should it be part of the Melbourne Metro?
  • Should it be built before or after the Metro?
  • What mistakes have other cities similar to Melbourne made and how can we avoid it?
  • Should the Airport Rail should be our #1 priority or are there other public transport projects or issues more deserving of immediate attention?


* More speakers to be announced



Wednesday 31st May, 6:00pm-7:15pm.

To book a free seat, please see this link on Eventbrite.

The Centre for Urban Research also streams its events on Facebook live. Shown below are the first two seminars.

April 26th:

March 22nd:

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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