Brisbane locals vote public transport over roads

Greater Brisbane residents would prefer to see more funding spent on boosting public transport than improving main roads and highways, a new RACQ survey has revealed.

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As part of its Transport Priorities Survey, the Club gave more than 2000 Queenslanders a hypothetical $100 million and asked how they would spend it to improve their local transport network.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said participants in the Brisbane, Ipswich and Redland regions said they would allocate more than one-third of their total budget to fixing the public transport system.

“Locals are in the best position to identify the problems our transport systems face, and when you put the power in their hands it becomes clear what they value most and where their priorities are, and they’re clearly frustrated,” Ms Ross said.

“More than half of respondents told us their bus, train and ferry trips take too long and almost as many believe there isn’t enough public transport available.

“These results really do quantify the problems we hear about all too often and reaffirm the need to establish an integrated public transport authority to reform our bus network and improve bus and train coordination and frequencies.”

Ms Ross said participants were asked to rank a selection of major projects to help RACQ lobby governments for the transport improvements Queenslanders wanted.

“Respondents nominated the Eastern Bus Transitway, fast rail to Ipswich and Centenary Motorway upgrades as projects they believed were critical for the region,” she said.

“Projects like these would help unblock the bottle necks and get everyone where they need to be a whole lot quicker, regardless of which mode of transport they’re using.

“The Brisbane area and its surrounds continue to boom but our road and transport networks just aren’t keeping up.

“We all pay rates and taxes so we’re urging leaders to consider what’s important to the people who contribute and accelerate the delivery of vital projects.”