The Public Transport Research Group is the name for researchers at Monash University who are engaged in research on public transport systems. Research interests of the group are cross disciplinary and varied but loosely focus on research associated with public transport and strategic planning, travel demand management, travel behaviour, transit safety, transport economics, land use and transit, travel modelling, operations modelling and planning for major special events.
PTRG was formed by Professor Graham Currie who holds Australia’s first professorship in Public Transport research and is a leading world researcher, author and policy advisor in the field of Public Transport Planning.
PTRG specialises in applied research and industry engagement and has undertaken numerous projects with industry clients throughout the world. In 2015, an independent world review of academic research in the field of public transport (Heilig, Leonard & Voß, Stefan. 2015. A Scientometric Analysis of Public Transport Research. Journal of Public Transportation, 18 (2): 111-141.) found that public transport research at Monash University was the leading research group in Australia and in the top 3 in the world. In addition Professor Currie was both one of the most cited researchers in the field and also one of the most productive in terms of the volume of research outputs in leading research journals.
In 2013 PTRG researchers won the William W Millar Award for Best Research paper in public transport at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC. This is the largest transport conference in the world. In 2017 PTRG also won the William W Millar Award for Best Research paper in public transport at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. This means PTRG is the only research group in the world to have ever won this prestigious award twice.