Investment needed

A TTF plan shows investment in public transport is needed to improve public transport

Investment needed
Adelaide's O-Bahn bus system

A plan identifying five key areas to be invested in to improve public transport in South Australia has been released by Peak national tourism body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).

Deputy Chief Executive Trent Zimmerman says the world’s most successful cities are those that have great public transport alongside a modern road network.

"TTF has released a five point plan to ensure that Adelaide has a public transport network that will support economic growth, jobs and development in the city," he says.

"Getting public transport right will reduce traffic congestion, which acts as a handbrake on economic activity as well as being a major inconvenience to residents and visitors."

Zimmerman says at the top of the list is finally linking the city’s noted O-Bahn to the CBD.

"Adelaide can be proud of the O-Bahn which was a major innovation in bus travel. But the O-Bahn is not delivering its full potential because it is not segregated for the final leg into the CBD."

He says it is also important the next South Australian government press on with the electrification of the railway system.

"It’s vital that transport infrastructure be rolled out according to an integrated long-term master plan that looks at the role of all modes of transport," he says.

"Experience, nationally and in other states, has shown that it’s of great value to have an independent infrastructure body involved in the planning and assessment of transport projects, so we strongly support the creation of a new arms-length body modelled on Infrastructure Australia."

He is urging all major political parties to detail their policies to improve transport in Adelaide before election day.

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