Public transport ‘important’

By: Amie Hickland

A recent report released by the Australian Government is helping the public transport discussion

The importance of public transport in Australia has been recognised in a report released by the Australian Government recently.

The report, the Role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes, was prepared by the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport and released by the Senate this month.

The committee was to investigate the role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes such as the need for an integrated approach across road and rail in addressing in cities.

The report analysed the benefits of both private and public transport and the need for an integrated transport approach for future.

The committee received 45 submissions in total, from groups including the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) and the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA).

The recommendations given by the committee include factoring wider economic costs and benefits into transport project analysis and all levels of government are to consider backing solutions to congestion, which includes public transport.

Bus Industry Confederation Executive Director Michael Apps says the document is important to keep discussions about public transport in parliament.

"The fact that they’ve had the enquiry and discussions and the report is important," he says.

"There are enough people talking about it in the House of Representatives that it’s gaining momentum.

"It’s all part of the jigsaw puzzle."

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