Investing in Public Transport, Improves Quality of Life
People in the electorate of Greenslopes are constantly telling me they support the Palaszczuk Government investments to improve public and active transport.
Their reasoning is pretty simple really. Investment in public transport makes a big difference to quality of life.
The better the public transport system, the faster people get to and from where they are going. This means more time spent doing things rather than travelling to do things. In our community, people tell me that this means they can spend more time with their family, more time volunteering, more time participating in sport, art or music, more time at their local church, more time building community.
People in this community also understand that investment in public and active transport is highly beneficial for our health and environment. Both things that will improve quality of life.
This year’s budget committed to a couple of more improvements to public and active transport.
The Eastern Transitway and the upgrade of the electronic ticketing system. These projects are important. They add to the other projects and initiatives like the Cross River Rail, Fairer Fares and the Veloway extension.
All will result in getting people home faster and safer. In this year’s budget we funded the first stage of the Eastern Transit Way.
The Eastern Transitway would introduce bus priority measures along Old Cleveland Rd to extend the benefits of the Eastern Busway and improve travel times in peak hour.
Five intersections along Old Cleveland Rd between Coorparoo Junction and Westfield Carindale have been identified for bus priority measures: Cavendish Rd, Bennetts Rd, Boundary Rd, Gallipoli Rd and Creek Rd.
Funding has also been allocated in the budget for the development of next phase of the electronic ticketing system. The “Go-Card” system is great for passengers, however, technology is moving fast and there are more options available that will make it even easier and faster for people to use electronic ticketing.
I was recently discussing these projects with the Minister and he proudly told me that public transport usage is up 5% for the January – March quarter. That is a significant increase in public transport patronage.
The Veloway project demonstrates the commitment of the Palaszczuk Government to active transport. It is a major piece of infrastructure that will get more people on to bikes, because they get home faster and safer.
And, of course, we cannot forget the Cross River Rail. A project that will transform our state.
I am proud to be part of a Government that is investing in Public and Active Transport
People in this community understand why this is important. They know that this investment in public and active transport will improve the quality of life for people in our community.