Chris Sutton, a chartered surveyor with Jones Lang LaSalle, said the metro would provide benefits to Cardiff, but could also transform the economic fortunes of towns like Pontypridd.
"If we can improve the infrastructure to a town like Pontypridd, then we can help regenerate it."
A conference on 'Making the Metro Happen', organised by the Metro Consortium is due to take place next Monday.
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Breezy overnight. It will become fairly cloudy as the night progresses.
It should turn cloudier through the early hours with some patchy drizzle and some hill fog too.
It will be a breezy day with variable amounts of cloud and some bright or sunny spells.