Our roads and public transport networks need to operate safely and efficiently to ensure WA remains liveable and productive. Using technology to create a smarter transport system and preparing for a safe transition to driverless vehicles is essential for our future.

Making our transport network work harder and smarter

According to Infrastructure Australia, by 2031 Perth will have seven of Australia's ten most congested roads, including the top four. Investing in smarter road and public transport networks, as well as vehicles, will keep WA moving forward.

Our roads will always play an important role in how Western Australians get around. We cannot meet all of our transport needs, and tackle Perth's congestion challenge, simply by expanding our road network - we cannot build our way out of congestion. We need to make better use of the infrastructure we already have through the use of new and emerging technologies.

Technology can help to make our existing infrastructure work harder and smarter, ultimately helping to manage congestion, improve mobility and save lives. 

Smart transport solutions can be integrated into road, parking and community infrastructure, as well as vehicles and public transport networks to deliver a more integrated, safer, reliable and efficient transport system.

Key smart transport system priorities include:

  • Continuing the development and delivery of road network optimisation projects, prioritising technology solutions over physical increases in capacity, along Perth’s freeways, as well as major arterials such as the Tonkin, Reid and Roe highways.
  • Implementation of optimisation measures across Perth’s existing passenger rail network, utilising technology solutions such as next generation signalling and automatic train control, enhanced scheduling and complementary infrastructure upgrades such as platform extensions on the heritage lines (Fremantle, Midland and Armadale) to facilitate six-railcar sets and increased service frequencies.
  • Identifying and investing in communications infrastructure to enable public transport priority at signalised intersections, and to support the safe transition of automated and connected vehicles onto our roads.
  • Investing in the State’s real-time, multi-modal data collection and monitoring infrastructure and technologies, as well as advanced analytics and visualisation capabilities, to support the provision of real-time traveller information, network optimisation and strategic planning.

World-leading driverless vehicle trials

Since 2016, RAC has been testing a fully driverless, fully electric shuttle bus on WA roads - the RAC Intellibus.

By working together with our partners to deliver our automated vehicle trials, we’re moving closer to readying Australia for the safe transition to automated vehicles and a future world of safer, easier and cleaner mobility.

More information

RAC's Public Policy

RAC advocates for all Western Australians, whether they are a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian.

This document outlines what we stand for and our public policy positions to support better mobility for Western Australians.

The policies in this document are approved by the RAC Council.

RAC's Public Policy 2018-19

Other reports

RAC State Budget Submission 2019-2020 (PDF 1.25MB)

RAC Federal Priorities 2019 (PDF 1.32MB)

RAC Response to the National Transport Commission's Paper on Guidelines for Automated Vehicle Trials (PDF 1.17MB)

RAC response to Transport @ 3.5 million – Perth Transport Plan (PDF 1MB)

Traffic signals safety and efficiency project (PDF 1.4MB)

Travel planning for new developments: Advice for local governments (PDF 795KB)