Project Fact Sheet (October 2021, 350Kb)

This project will build on previous projects related to mid-tier transit solutions, activated transit corridors and housing diversity. It will illustrate how ‘net zero city’ transit corridors can be delivered through integrating ‘net zero mid-tier transit’ with ‘net zero precincts’ that are connected with surrounding suburbs through microgrids and electric mobility and micro-mobility solutions. The project aims to: 1) create a business case for net zero city transit corridors, based on the requirements of Infrastructure Australia; and 2) create an engagement process to capture the community’s imagination in how these transitions to net zero could unfold. The business case and engagement process development will draw on evolving activated transit corridor and transit solution initiatives in three capital cities (Perth, Melbourne and Sydney) and three regional cities (Townsville, Sunshine Coast and Bunbury). The project will also involve trialling up to three new transit technologies, which will inform the Business Case and Engagement Process.


The following objectives will be addressed to work towards net zero outcomes:

  1. Identify key mechanisms for Australian states and territories to enable the integration of accredited, net zero Mid-tier transit into the operational aspects of the rest of the transport and urban planning systems.
  2. Investigate how to integrate smart technologies and renewable energy into net zero Mid-tier transit station precincts to assist with a mechanism for transitioning to net zero cities through net zero corridors;
  3. Distil and evaluate key mechanisms for integrating housing diversity(typology and tenure) outcomes into the urban regeneration along net zero corridors;

Industry Outcomes

The key industry outcomes include:

  1. Supports development of innovation in how to create more sustainable, productive, liveable, affordable and healthy outcomes in urban form and transport systems through a new approach called Transit Activated Corridors.
  2. Case studies involving private sector and government interests will demonstrate how to deliver these TAC’s in different parts of cities and also regional towns.
  3. Provide a Transit Activated Corridors Tool Box in a multimedia platform that will be available for professional development and capacity building.


Documents for Downloading

The following documents provide additional detail regarding this current research, including project outcomes to date:

Fact Sheet

Net Zero Corridors – The Business Case and an Engagement Process (October 2021, 350Kb)

Final Industry Report

Industry Report –SBEnrc P1.84 Industry Report – Net Zero Corridors– (August 2023)


Full video – Net Zero Corridors – The Business Case and an Engagement Process (27 July 2023)


Newman P, Meyerick K. (2022). A Key to Controlling Emissions: More Buildings in a City’s Unused Spaces. The New York Times, 19 September 2022

Newman, P., Thomson, G., Newton, P., Glackin, S. (2022) Greening the greyfields – how to renew our suburbs for more liveable, net-zero cities  The Fifth Estate 1 August 2022

Newman, P., Thomson, G., Newton, P., Glackin, S. (2022) Greening the greyfields: how to renew our suburbs for more liveable, net-zero cities The Conversation 29 July 2022

News Clip – Latest on Trackless Trams in Perth, Channel 7, 10 Jun 2022

ABC Radio National, “High density living brings benefits“, Broadcast Saturday 4 February 2023

Trackless trams will be trialled in Perth as Curtin University joins the Federal government to get the ‘Australia first’ technology running. City of Sterling Mayor, Mark Irwin joined 9News on The Pulse to chat about the trial, 28 March,2022.


Article: Economou, D. Newman, P. Verschuer, M. The Potential Emergence of Mid-Tier Transit Journal of Infastructure, Policy and Development, 7 (1). 17th April 2023

Article: Newman, P. The Green Slam : Its Implications for Climate. Published in Life, Law & Culture – Fremantle Shipping News, 24 May 2022.

Article: Newman, P. Getting Serious About Climate Policies – an Evaluation of ALP, Liberal and Green Platforms. By Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University, 10th May 2022. Published in VN explorer: Climate change is being buried this election. We asked scientists to rate the major parties’ policies (

Article: Newman, P. Beyond electric cars: how electrifying trucks, buses, tractors and scooters will help tackle climate change. Published in the Conversation, 3 May 2022.

2022 Curtin Corner presentations, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Personal Reflections After the Latest Report with Professor Peter Newman AO, 8th April 2022

The Future of Transport: IPCC author Peter Newman offers “a very hopeful view” of the electric world to come – and WA’s place in it. On Mornings with Nadia Mitsopoulos, 6th April 2022.

Article: Bushwick, S. Will Trackless Trams Gain Traction in the U.S.? Published in the Scientific American 1st March 2021.

Article: Newman, P. Why it’s time to get serious about 21st century trams. Published in the West Australian, 6 January, 2022.

Article: Trackless trams could be Perth’s new transport option. Published in the West Australian, 17 January, 2022.


Newman, P. (2022) Net Zero in the Maelstorm: Professional Practice for Net Zero in a Time of Turbulent Change(March 2023)

Newman, P. (2022) Net Zero Cities and Urban Design for the Routledge Handbook of Urban Design Practice (June 2022)

Scheurer, J., Verschuer, M., Newman, P., Desha, C. (2022). Delivering Tram-Based Boulevards: Learning from Opportunities and Challenges in Three European City Case Studies. In press, Journal of Public Transportation

Newton, P., Newman, P., Glackin, S., Thomson, G. (2022). Greening the Greyfields New Models for Regenerating the Middle Suburbs of Low-Density Cities. Palgrave Mcmillan

Newman, P., Hargroves, K., Desha, C., & Izadpanahi, P. (2021). Introducing the 21st Century Boulevard: A Post-COVID Response to Urban Regeneration of Main Road Corridors. Current Urban Studies, 9, 831-854.


Net Zero Corridors, A final webinar from SBEnrc 1.84


Short Australian Overview of Trackless Tram Projects (May 2022)

Peter Newman, featured in CNBC “How An Autonomous Train-Bus Hybrid Could Transform City Transit” (February 2023)


Building the city: The Net Zero City, Professer Peter Newman in Conversation with Tim Williams, Grimshaw Podcast

CIB World Building Congress 2022

CIB World Building Congress 2022 was held in Melbourne, Australia 27 Trackless Trams and Transit Activated Corridors PowerPoint Presentation  (June 30, 2022)