The ISJO region has a transport task that is compounded by the region's coastal linear nature and topography, and it's location in the triangle between the major population centres of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Creating some unique challenges.
These challenges include the service requirements of the summer holiday-population explosion on the South Coast of up to treble the winter residential numbers; the servicing of the port of Port Kembla, and transport connections north into Port Botany; a high proportion of commutes to Sydney and Western Sydney region daily; the conflicting needs of tourist, residential and freight vehicles; the constraints of difficult topographical east-west linkages; and the lack of a coastal rail line as an alternative to roads below Bomaderry (Nowra).
The ISJO has taken a keen interest in the economic development imperatives of meeting the region's residential, commercial and freight task appropriately both for the current community and into the future. The Illawarra Regional Transport Plan was released in March 2014.
ISJO is participating in the development of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Future Transport Plan being coordinated by Transport for NSW in 2019.