Introducing: The National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO)

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) has officially transitioned to the National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO). This transition will support a broader research scope across all modes of transport in Australia and New Zealand.

The ARRB brand will continue to be utilised from time to time, predominately when work is focused in the roads space. To reflect the move to a transport research organisation, ARRB has acquired the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) which will lead the NTRO’s rail focus by supporting their capabilities in the airport and port pavement space.

Credit: ARRB – Official launch event 

To celebrate the official launch, an event was held at the National Transport Research Centre in Melbourne on the 1st of December, with more than 250 people from across the industry in attendance. NTRO Chief Executive Michael Caltabiano formally introduced the new chapter for the organisation explaining, “State road agencies have been transitioning into transport agencies, and we’ve been planning this shift since 2017,” he said.

He continues, “NTRO will truly be the one source of truth for Australia and New Zealand Governments and the private sector, delivering solutions to the transport challenges of tomorrow and genuinely shaping our transport future…NTRO’s vision is to enable transport agencies to give effect to that change, by providing that central portal for innovation in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

Credit: Roads Online

– Victorian Department of Transport secretary Paul Younis (left), and NTRO CEO Michael Caltabiano.

The event was comprised of guest speakers including the Victorian Department of Transport secretary Paul Younis and Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) chief executive Matt Pinnegar.

As well as its Melbourne headquarters, NTRO has offices located across Australia in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and Perth, making the organisation a truly national multimodal.

The NTRO will continue to lead the way in road research by developing new knowledge, innovation, standards and specifications for road, rail, ports and airports.

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