$13.2 billion for public transport: NSW Budget

The New South Wales Budget pledges $13.2 billion in funding for public transport and roads

$13.2 billion for public transport: NSW Budget
$13.2 billion for public transport: NSW Budget
June 13, 2012

The New South Wales
Government has pledged $13.2 billion in funding for public transport and roads as part of its 2012-13 State Budget.

BusNSW Executive Director Darryl Mellish says the budget invests in projects required for future population and economic growth, but
lacks detail.

"Like other state budget papers there is a lack of detail regarding, inflation of existing commitments, the impact of tendering, new depots, additional buses and services, and how these compare to existing replacement programs and funding," Mellish says.

"What assumptions have been made about tendering Metro Bus Regions are also not available."

Bus infrastructure and service funding

· $521 million for privately operated metropolitan and outer metropolitan bus services

· $380 million for rural and regional bus services

· $337 for State Transit services

· $127 million for 269 new buses for Sydney’s metropolitan regions, including 140 State Transit inclusions and 129 for private operators, with 69 to meet patronage growth

· $42 million for bus depot infrastructure

· $2 million for additional Night Ride bus services in 2012-13

· $2 million to boost community transport services in communities across the state, taking the total contribution to community transport to $6.8 million in 2012-13

· $124 million for electronic ticketing for ferries, trains, buses and light rail across the greater Sydney region

For the coach sector Budget funding includes:

· $125 million for Destination NSW each year for the next four years to help rebuild the NSW economy by supporting tourism, business and major events

· $377 million to support the State’s vibrant arts and cultural sector in the 2012-13 Budget

Mellish says despite international economic downturn the NSW Government has taken a tough approach in pursuit of delivering a stronger economic future for NSW.

"Improving public transport is essential for NSW and provides solutions to address the need to improve congestion, health, the environment and energy security," he says.

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