RACQ calls for public transport authority with usage hit & miss

As new data revealed a hit and miss performance for the south east Queensland (SEQ) public transport network, RACQ has called on the State Government to deliver an integrated public transport authority to improve service reliability, convenience and accessibility.

Brisbane Times reported Queensland Government data showed patronage on some of SEQ’s bus and rail services across the region had almost flatlined over the last five years, most likely as it was not meeting community needs.

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RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the results were concerning as it proved the public transport system had failed to deliver what commuters expected.

“Congestion’s a huge issue in Brisbane and more and more people are move to the south east, so it’s concerning people are turning away from public transport,” Dr Michael said.

“We know Queenslanders want a public transport system that’s reliable, frequent and accessible, but unfortunately we need to make significant improvements to achieve this.”

Recent RACQ research revealed the main reasons commuters did not use public transport in the south east were due to poor timetabling, no service availability and too many transfers.

Dr Michael said it was vital the Queensland Government looked to reform the way the public transport system was administered across the State.

“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,” she said.

“We continue to urge the State Government to establish an integrated public transport authority to administer the delivery of all public transport services in Queensland. This authority should have the capability to reform the bus network, coordinate bus and train services and frequencies and make network data publicly available so Queenslanders can be assured the network is improving.

“It’ll also result in broad benefits to Queenslanders – increasing patronage, reducing congestion on roads and improving public transport access.”