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deakin university travel and transport strategy

Deakin University has four main campuses in Victoria, each of which is vastly different in terms of their campus population, building density, accessibility, and surrounding land uses. However, Deakin University has a set of overarching sustainable aspirations, including reducing the carbon footprint associated with people accessing and travelling between campuses.

In 2019, Deakin University engaged GTA to investigate how people accessing and travelling between their campuses could do so into the future. To do this, GTA reviewed each of Deakin University’s campuses, both now and into the future, as well as other universities in Victoria, against the following urban factors that influence travel behaviour:

  • Campus and local catchment population densities
  • Mixture of land use in the area
  • Public transport access carrying capacity
  • Comparative accessibility of each access mode
  • Active transport catchment and campus permeability

Through an investigation of the above factors for each campus and comparison against others, opportunities to set future and more sustainable mode share projections were identified. In support of realising future and more sustainable mode shares for each campus, GTA also developed a more tactical approach around the development and delivery of measures to nudge travel behaviour in the desired direction.

The strategy reflects the fast-changing environment of the University campuses with new cohorts starting each year, and continuous step changes in campus development, operations and accessibility, while the University aims to continues to create a high-quality user experience for students and staff.

The findings from the above activities and proposed approach were used to develop a set of initial measures, as well as outline the potential change in capital and operational costs that would be expected if the existing travel behaviours continued.

Client // Deakin University

GTA Office // Melbourne

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