Commuters need better public transport options

The State’s peak motoring body was unsurprised at new research which revealed better value services available closer to home would help lure southeast Queenslanders onto public transport.

The Courier-Mail reported a YouGov Galaxy survey found most people would be willing to switch to trains or buses if the system was improved.

RACQ’s Transport Behaviour Survey conducted earlier this year asked commuters why they don’t use public transport and across southeast Queensland, the top three reasons were poor timetables, no services available and multiple transfers.

RACQ’s Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said this research showed there was a need for the State Government to establish an Integrated Public Transport Authority to improve the delivery of all public transport services in Queensland.

“If we want to ensure public transport can ease pressure on the road network as our population grows, we need a significant change in the way our public transport system is planned and managed,” Dr Michael said.

“The Authority will have the capability to reform the bus network, improve bus and train reliability and frequency, and ensure Queenslanders are getting value-for-money public transport services that meet their transport needs.

“This approach will result in increased patronage, reduced congestion on roads and improved public transport access.

“Commuters want integrated, efficient, and reliable service on trains, ferries and buses which current services aren’t delivering.”