Name: Ian Hopkins

Title: Principal Advisor Network Planning

Affiliation: Yarra Trams, Melbourne

Ian has over ten years’ experience in the strategic planning and management of transport networks and services. He has wide-ranging experience in strategic transport planning and business case development, and specialised skills in transit network planning. His experience includes public transport network and service design, service and infrastructure integration and strategic and design scales, good practice customer information, and demand-responsive service development. He works closely with urban designers, town planners, transport engineers, stakeholders, and clients to develop sustainable mobility plans and infrastructure solutions, backed by sound analysis of transport’s relationship to urban design and place development.

Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Scholar) (Hons), Monash University

Masters of Transport, Monash University

Monash University Faculty of Arts Honours Scholarship, valued at $3000, to facilitate research and academic study

Victorian Parliamentary Internship, awarded to only sixty students a year. Worked under the supervision of Carlo Carli, MP, to prepare a report on Victoria’s bus systems, which provided valuable feedback on the direction of government transport policy

One-year exchange program at University of Tokyo, Japan’s most prestigious university, studying Japanese society and language. Awarded to only two students each year.

Sir John Monash Scholarship. Bachelor of Arts, valued at approximately $24,000 for a three-year course.


  • Tram and light rail: Fishermans Bend light rail transit network planning, route selection, concept design, and economic evaluation studies; premium line project objectives; integration and operations studies for Melbourne Metro, special events planning, and project development studies
  • Major projects including studies for Melbourne Metro, grade separations and impact assessments for major roads
  • Transport strategy development in regional Victoria, suburban Melbourne and the central city.
  • Transit network and service planning studies in Malaysia, New South Wales and regional Victoria