Transport and Congestion

Our Position

The Committee for Perth supports the development of a long-term integrated public transport network that includes all modes of transport, to ensure efficient movement throughout the region as well as to facilitate transit-oriented development.

Our Advocacy

Arising from a number of study tours to examine public transport networks in cities across the developed world, the Committee has prepared numerous submissions and presentations to make our learnings available to government and the community.

The Committee also undertook a yearlong research project, Get a Move On! to identify the preferred transport solutions of business and the community for moving Perth’s people.


Phase 05


Committee for Perth releases their transport and congestion research project Get a Move On!

With Perth predicted to have 7 of the 10 most congested roads in Australia and congestion identified as the primary issue of concern for Perth and Peel residents, both today and for the future, the aim of our yearlong research project – Get a Move On! was to identify a preferred pathway for Perth’s mobility future.

November 2016

​Submission on the draft Transport @ 3.5 million

This submission has been prepared by the Committee for Perth with assistance from members of our Get a Move On! Steering Committee and Reshaping Working Group. In our submission we have relied on our research conducted as part of Get a Move On!, which is the combined outcome of ten individual research projects undertaken over a 12 month period. This has included a survey of 2,000 commuters; interviews with 40 major businesses representing 100,000 commuters; the findings of on-the-ground study tours; and desktop research to examine the co-dependent relationship between land use, transport and economic development.

October 2016

FACTBase Bulletin 50 - Examining 60 Years Of Strategic Planning In Metropolitan Perth And Peel

This Bulletin examines the evolution of strategic land use and transport planning for the Perth and Peel regions from 1955 to 2015. It has been produced as part of the Committee for Perth and RAC Get a Move On! project, which aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis of land use and transport in the Perth and Peel regions and provide recommendations for the future.

June 2016

Funding, planning models

Article by Matt Mckenzie, Business News. Perth needs to have a mature debate about its suburban sprawl or those living on the fringes could face a lower standard of living due to the higher cost of providing amenity and services, according to Marion Fulker.

June 2016

FACTBase Bulletin 49 - The Dilemma In Sub Regional Commuting Matching Resident Jobs Skills To Workplace Location

This bulletin is part of the Committee for Perth and RAC Get a Move On! project. The report, called The Dilemma in Sub-Regional Commuting: Matching Resident Job Skills to Workplace Location examines the job skills matching within metropolitan sub-regions by mapping where people live and where they work.

June 2016

City Of Perth Draft Transport Strategy

This submission has been prepared following the City’s presentation and in consultation with the groups mentioned above. It is our view that the City of Perth’s draft Transport Strategy is a bold yet realistic document that seeks to address a number of challenges the central area is likely to face over coming decades. 

May 2016

FACTBase Bulletin 48 - The Impacts Of Employment Decentralisation On Commuting In The Perth And Peel Regions

This bulletin has been prepared as part of the Committee for Perth and RAC Get a Move On! project, which aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis of land use and transport in the Perth and Peel regions and provide recommendations for the future.

May 2016

FACTBase Bulletin 47 - The Attraction Of Perth And Peel Centres For Global Firms And Local Commuters

This FACTBase unpacks the industry and employment attractiveness of these centres by examining the geographical distribution of economic activities at the Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) spatial scale.

April 2016

FACTBase Bulletin 46 - Commuting Across Perth And Peel Unpacking Patterns Measures And Policy Implications

This FACTBase will examine interregional commuting across Perth and Peel, including the large fly-in fly-out workforce living in the metropolitan area and working in regional Western Australia.

March 2016


Phase 05


Committee for Perth and RAC announce their new project

The Committee for Perth and RAC officially launched Get a Move On! – a year-long research project that will be the first comprehensive study that asks Perth commuters and the business community what kind of practical, long-term public transport system they want.

November 2015

Perth Commuter Survey

This survey was developed by Ipsos for the Committee for Perth for the Get a Move On! project. The Get a Move On! Commuter Survey was conducted to understand Perth residents’ transport behaviour, motivations and preferences. In total, we spoke to 2,005 Perth metropolitan commuters across the five main methods of getting to work: car, train, bus, walking and cycling.

November 2015

On-demand Transport Reform: Green Paper

The Committee for Perth has submitted a response to the Department for Transport's On-demand Transport Reform: A discussion paper for future innovation (Green Paper).

October 2015

Sustainability expert proposes focus on east-west link if light rail project too costly

An article by Jessica Strutt from ABC News explains that a sustainability expert says if the West Australian Government is worried about the price tag of its promised light rail project, it should just prioritise an east-west link with the city. Read the full article

March 2015


Phase 05


The real cost of driving to work

Perth is the most expensive city in Australia to travel to work by car according to new research by the Committee for Perth and the further you travel, the more you pay.

April 2015

Cost of Living: What is your commute costing you?

This is the sixth in a series of articles commissioned by the Committee for Perth that examines the costs of living that we are experiencing in Perth and other Australian cities. This report focuses on the cost of commuting.

April 2015

Bus Rapid Transit and Light Rail Transit, An Overview of Costs and Benefits

The Committee's researcher Gemma Davis prepared a report on the overview of costs and benefits of Bus Rapid Transit versus Light Rail Transit.

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November 2014

Presentation at TravelSmart Awards 2014

Presentation at TravelSmart Awards 2014 delivered by Marion Fulker, CEO. Veiw the presentation

October 2014

From the CEO

Regular readers of CEO's column in the monthly newsletter will know the weighing up of pros and cons undertaken in 2012 that resulted in my husband and I deciding to try to live without a second car. It is now two years since we made that decision so I thought an update was in order.

May 2014

Stopping urban sprawl the key

City of Seattle principal urban designer Lyle Bicknell visited Perth to highlight the development of light rail and growth management in his city. And his message was if you don’t stop the sprawl it is very hard to move forward. That was the key message from Mr Bicknell during his presentation at a Committee for Perth event, where he also explained how the north-west American city developed its light rail system.

March 2014

Perth in Focus presentation 'Perth as a connected city'

The Committee for Perth invited Lyle Bicknell, Principle Urban Designer with the City of Seattle, to present at their March 2014 Perth In Focus luncheon on 'Perth as a connected city'. Lyle shared the Seattle story and the lessons they learned from the introduction of light rail. View the presentation

March 2014

Towards a bright cycling future for Perth

In 2012 we published Towards a Bright Future, a blueprint for Perth at 3.5 million. Transport and congestion were key issues highlighted in the document. This article was submitted by SKM and featured in the February 2014 newsletter.

February 2014

MAX Light Rail Project Defered

The Committee shows its disappointment in the State Government's decision to defer MAX Light Rail and will continue to advocate for realisation of this network.

February 2014

Submission to Inquiry into the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes

The Committee for Perth urges the Federal Government to reconsider its position on public transport funding and hopes that this Inquiry is a positive step forward in reinstating public transportation as a key and worthy issue on the national agenda.

January 2014

Knock-on effect of light rail delay

Anne Gartner from the Guardian Express writes about the knock-on affects from the deferral of the MAX Light Rail project.

January 2014


Phase 02


State Government Defers MAX Light Rail

The Committee reverts to its advocacy position following the State Government’s decision to defer $432 million project funding for 3 years.

December 2013
Phase 03

Vision Keeping

Draft State Aviation Strategy

The Committee for Perth welcomes the development of the draft Western Australian State Aviation Strategy. This submission has been prepared by the Committee for Perth with input from the Committee’s Reshaping Working Group.

December 2013

Have Transport Costs Fuelled Congestion in Perth?

This is the fifth in a series of articles commissioned by the Committee for Perth that aims to inform the conversation around the rising costs of living that we are experiencing in Perth and other Australian cities.

November 2013

Presentation to the Department of Transport

CEO, Marion Fulker presents the 2013 Study Tour findings on Density, Integrated Transport Networks, Affordable Housing & Urban Renewal to the Department of Transport

September 2013

Public transport growth

This article was published in the September 2013 issue of Insight, the Committee for Perth’s electronic newsletter which discussed the increase in passengers on Perth's public transport.

September 2013

Government confirms commitment to MAX

The Government confirms commitment to MAX and additional heavy rail system to the airport. Opposition announced MetroNet integrated heavy rail expansion.

February 2013


Phase 02


​Minister for Transport announces MAX light rail system

Minister for Transport announces MAX light rail system. Stage 1 to run from Mirrabooka to the CBD. Construction to begin in 2016 once the planning and design process is completed.

September 2012

Fixing Perth’s public transport a priority

A survey carried out for the Committee for Perth has revealed that improving Perth’s public transport system would be a priority for almost one third of respondents if they were Premier for the day.

July 2012


Phase 02


Alternate Funding Mechanisms for Public Transport in Perth, Report

The Committee released the Discussion Paper: ‘Alternate Funding Mechanisms for Public Transport in Perth: The Potential Role of Value Capture’ as a supplementary piece of work to our submission.

December 2011

Public support crucial to government’s public transport strategy

Marion Fulker, CEO wrote a piece on the need for public support to ensure the givernment makes the best decsion for Perth's future public transport.

October 2011

2011 Study Tour Findings

CEO undertakes international study tour focusing on light rail.

September 2011

FACTBase Bulletin 21 - Connectivity Infrastructure: Implications for Perth's Competitiveness

This paper argues that meeting the infrastructure requirements for connectivity is vital in ensuring Perth's competitiveness.

July 2011
Phase 01


Public transport needs to keep pace with Perth’s growth

Perth’s public rail system is an example of Western Australian leadership and foresight. It shows that as a community we can be visionary and set the Australian benchmark for transportation best practice.

April 2011


Phase 01


Draft Public Transportation Plan in 2031

The submission has been prepared by the Committee for Perth in response to the draft Public Transportation Plan for Perth 2031.

October 2010

Transit Oriented Development

William Hames, Chair of the Committee's Reshaping Working Group wrote a piece on the need for Transit Oriented Development,

April 2010