Australian governments should prioritise the most ecologically sustainable and congestion-free public and private transport systems.
Policy Methods (Federal & State)
To help achieve this Australia should:
- Expand state-based rail and bus networks, in preference to building more roads.(1)
- Encourage transport sharing schemes including cars.
- Upgrade its freight rail infrastructure in order to boost national productivity and help remove truck journeys from our roads.
- Build better bicycle networks.
- Fully assess interstate high speed train opportunities. Importantly, this should be based on a relatively stable national population scenario, with no further major capital city airports.
- Conduct an enquiry into the feasibility of a majority Australian-owned energy efficient car company. An initial objective would include the potential mass production, for Australia and potential export, of a small utilitarian electric commuter car for urban use (100km range per day). This would be supported by an appropriate charging network. Tenders could be sought for use of the Ford, Holden or Toyota plant(s), with public-private partnership funding.
- Stabilising population and providing better public transport will help relieve road congestion. Transport projects including light rail should not use population growth and related urban property development infill modelling to underpin business cases, as the new residents undermine gains in per capita service delivery.
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