SA Budget: Public Transport

By: Chris Smith


Treasurer Kevin Foley says $2 billion will be invested in the State’s public transport system over the next decade, delivering

Treasurer Kevin Foley says $2 billion will be invested in the State’s public transport system over the next decade, delivering a tramline from the city to West Lakes, Port Adelaide and Semaphore, electrification of the major northern and southern rail lines, scores of additional buses on our busiest routes and a modern ticketing system.

He says the recent State Budget will provide $648.4 million over the next four years for the first stage of the program to rebuild our rail and light-rail transport infrastructure.

That money will be spent on:
  • Electrifying the Noarlunga and Outer Harbor rail lines;
  • Extending the tramline to the Entertainment Centre;
  • Re-sleepering the Gawler line ahead of electrification; and
  • New light-rail vehicles.


The State Government has also committed to increase public transport capacity immediately to deal with record patronage numbers with 20 extra buses per year providing up to 9 million extra passenger journeys over the next four years at a cost of $64.4 million.

That is in addition to an existing program to replace more than 130 of the current bus fleet.

Improved bus services, better O-Bahn Interchanges and a review of how O-Bahn buses enter the CBD are also part of the integrated public transport package.

"This budget is providing the vision for a fast, electrified train network for commuters from Gawler, Outer Harbour and Noarlunga – as well as coast-to-coast light rail travel from the Bay through to the Port and Semaphore," he says.

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