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ARA Light Rail 2021

8-9 June 2021 | Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour

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Held in Sydney, Light Rail 2021 brought together operators, manufacturers, contractors and industry and government stakeholders of every level across the light rail sector to hear cutting-edge case studies, project updates and learn from successful projects in Australasia and the world. Light rail is reshaping the Australasian landscape by reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions and transforming the way we travel by offering smart solutions and completing multimodal connections. With transport planning refining our cities and regions, now it is the time to build a long-term, strategic light rail future that benefits all.

Topics included:

  • Project updates
  • Responding to COVID-19
  • Innovation and post pandemic opportunities
  • New technology
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Data and communications
  • Enhancing customer service and accessibility
  • Asset management and maintenance
  • Urban rejuvenation and planning
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Finance, planning, safety, and delivery considerations
  • International perspectives and expertise


Light Rail in Canada | Project update: Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT)
Phil Verster, President & CEO, Metrolinx


Light Rail and Very Light Rail (VLR) Developments across the UK
Milda Manomaityte, Senior Technical & Policy Manager, Rail Industry Association, UK

Update Auckland Light Rail and New Zealand’s Rail Infrastructure Pipeline
Bryn Gandy, Deputy Chief Executive, System Strategy and Investment, Ministry of Transport NZ

2021 Sponsors


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View images from Light Rail 2021 | Day One & Two, Conference Dinner and Site Tour


Site Tour


Thank you to Transdev and Alstom for hosting a guided site tour of the Sydney Light Rail Randwick Stabling Yard Operational Control Centre (OCC) – home of Sydney’s new light rail fleet and nerve centre for light rail operations. Attendees enjoyed a behind the scenes look at the stabling yard, including the operations room for the CBD and South East Light Rail network, sheds for light maintenance and the fleet wash bay.

Photos courtesy of Rail Gallery

Photos courtesy of Rail Gallery

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Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Light Rail Next Generation Conference Scholarships!

Teddy Cham, Project Engineer, Contrado Consulting
Thanh Ho, Completions Engineer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Jenna Humphries, Transformation Project Lead, Yarra Trams
Rosanna Liu, Undergraduate Rail Engineer, WSP
Andrew Mac, Project Application Engineer, Frauscher Sensor Technology
Dean McClure, Electrical Engineer, Downer
Elodie O’Sullivan, Rail Engineer, WSP
Vic Ramakrishnan, Graduate Engineer, John Holland
Basuru Sooriyaarachchi, Graduate Rail Engineer, WSP
Bertha Wai, RAM Engineer, Downer
Adam Whittle, Engineer | Rolling Stock Development, Department of Transport (Victoria)

We are delighted to be supporting the winners professional development and share their innovative ideas on how to market and promote the rail industry in a positive and impactful way.

Winners receive:
– Complimentary attendance to the ARA Light Rail conference and dinner, including an exclusive networking breakfast
– Certificates of acknowledgement at the conference dinner

when & where

08 - 09 Jun 2021

Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour
12 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000
+ 61 2 8388 8888


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