Light rail and mass transit

Modern light rail systems unlock opportunities for people and communities

As cities grow and public expectations for low-carbon transport options increase, light rail and other forms of mass transit are experiencing a resurgence.

Around the world, governments are using light rail and mass transit to improve connectivity and reshape cities. Done well, mass transit systems can reinvigorate neighbourhoods, generating economic uplift and creating a distinct identity for the communities they inhabit. But most importantly, mass transit systems unlock opportunities – giving people greater choice in how they live, work and travel.

Aurecon has worked with city authorities to deliver light rail, metro and rapid transit projects around the world, from initial scheme and business case development through to design, construction, and ongoing asset management. We understand the economics of successful rail and mass transit projects, ensuring the right mode is selected for the context, and community benefits are shared equitably.

Mass transit systems unlock opportunities – giving people choice in how they live, work and travel.

What is needed to realise the full benefits of light rail and mass transit?

Mass transit will play a critical role in making our cities more liveable, but it’s not a solution in and of itself.

To truly unlock its’ potential, mass transit must be viewed holistically, considering land use and zoning, economic development, and connections to walking and cycling routes and other transport modes, including rideshare and micromobility as they develop.

It may mean redesigning bus and rail networks or other operational changes that can have wide-ranging impacts.

Getting this upfront thinking right will enable the benefits of mass transit to be fully realised, generating land value uplift, urban revitalisation and enhanced community wellbeing.

Virtual event Light rail as a catalyst for movement and place

Aurecon’s ANZ Precincts Director ANZ Lauren Jewell and Global Light Rail Lead Robert Angus explain how light rail can regenerate cities and uplift communities.

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Case study Connecting People and Places: Transforming Britomart Station

Aurecon Project Director Tom Ireland shares how the 109-year old Britomart Station has been transformed as part of the Auckland City Rail Link project.

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Case study Delivering rapid transit networks and stations in Auckland

Hover over the map to see Aurecon’s experience delivering rapid transit networks and stations in Auckland.

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What is the future of transport?

We are on the verge of a paradigm shift. By taking the opportunity to reshape rather than reset our transport systems, we can choose to retain our need to increase speed and convenience, but we can also put safety, equitable mobility and sustainability at the top of our agenda.

How can Aurecon’s rapid transit expertise help you?

Aurecon combines our technical engineering and advisory expertise, to shape transport infrastructure that delivers value now and into the future.

We have a strong track record providing market-leading expertise across every stage of the project journey, from pre-engineering, feasibility, business cases, design, to construction phase services, as well as specialist advice in operations, maintenance and management of light rail and mass transit assets. Key projects include Newcastle Light Rail, Parramatta Light Rail, Mauritius Metro Express and stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Gold Coast Light Rail.

We believe in the power of engaging with stakeholders and including Iwi in New Zealand and Indigenous groups in Australia to build social licence, and ultimately, to shape a transport system that is fitting for the community it serves.

We embed sustainability throughout the design, construction and operation of mass transit systems, and apply our experience in station design and urban integration to ensure projects fit well within their context.

We are also embracing the future of light rail and rapid transit as being increasingly digital. New technologies impact how and where people live and work, and directly affect rail and transit needs.

For Aurecon, the key to success in this new environment is to harness imagination, link this to evolving digital tools and empower our teams to ensure rail and mass transit infrastructure is future ready.

Contact our mass transit leaders to find out more.

Luke Smitt

Luke Smith

Rail & Mass Transit Practice Leader, QLD – Australia
+61 0421050091
Ian Sloane

Ian Sloane

Transportation Industry Director, New Zealand
+64 21622063
Rebecca Hollet, Aurecon

Rebecca Hollet

Rail & Mass Transit Client Lead, New Zealand
Sandi Robertson, Aurecon

Sandi Robertson

Rail & Mass Transit Capability Leader – New Zealand

Mass transit expertise

Aurecon provides both technical engineering and advisory expertise for major light rail and mass transit projects internationally.

These services include:

Light rail and mass transit

Precincts: Place Reimagined

How does a place-based approach stimulate economic growth, create jobs and support liveable, sustainable communities?

At the heart of all precinct and placemaking projects are the people, communities and businesses they serve. Learn more about Aurecon's approach to precinct design.

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