Transport Modelling and Cost-Benefit Analysis

JUST NUMBERS?  Using and abusing transport modelling and cost-benefit analysis

RMIT Centre for Urban Research

Talking Transport Public Seminar, Episode #5

Date:  Thursday, 19 October 2017

Time:  5:30 to 7:00 pm

Venue: The Green Brain, Building 16, Level 7, RMIT City campus, 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Regularly, announcements of major transport projects proceeding, being rejected or coming under scrutiny are focused on the numbers that derive from modelling, forecasting and cost-benefit analysis. The media are always keen to focus on these numbers, they become central to whether projects seem viable or not. But how much do we really know about what they take into account, what the numbers really mean, and how seriously they should be taken?

The panel comprises several experts in transport planning with backgrounds in practice, government and academia. The Talking Transport series is a 2017 initiative from RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research to provide a forum for public discussion about topical policy issues informed by a range of expert perspectives and experience.

Chair: Professor Jago Dodson, Director RMIT Centre for Urban Research


  • Adele McCarthy – Director, Strategy & Research, Infrastructure Victoria
  • Dr John Stone – Researcher, teacher and participant in Melbourne’s transport debates for 30 years
  • William McDougall – highly-experienced advisor on many key projects and strategic initiatives
  • Eric Keys – 30 years experience with transport models, PhD researcher on barriers to better decisions, RMIT CUR
  • Todd Denham – PhD researcher in commuting patterns and cost-benefit analysis, RMIT CUR

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Posted on behalf of Dr Ian Woodcock
RMIT Centre for Urban Research