Uber for public transport could change the way we ride

RACQ has welcomed a trial of a ride share-style public transport on the Gold Coast as way of encouraging drivers out of their vehicles and onto a reliable alternative.

ABC online reported the State Government would be trialling ‘demand responsive transit’ in Nerang West, Highland Park and Pacific Pines next year.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club strongly encouraged locals to try the service as an alternative to jumping in the car.

“Demand responsive transport is a great option for providing a more efficient and direct public transport option than a traditional bus route,” Dr Michael said.

“We know for some people it may not be easy or convenient to get to a bus or train station, so on demand services can provide a connection between people’s homes and other mass transit services.

“They can also be just as cost-effective as regular public transport options, with the added convenience of a pick-up close to home, and often mean you get to your destination quicker.”

Dr Michael said many bus routes across south east Queensland could be improved through network reform and trialling innovative options like on demand transit. 

“That’s why we’re calling on the State government to implement an integrated public transport authority as a priority as they begin their new term,” she said. 

“We know less people are using public transport compared to pre-COVID times and if we had one aligned organisation, we could more easily reform the system to deliver more reliable and connected services.

“We don’t want to see congestion increase on our roads, so we need to do everything we can to encourage more sustainable transport practices like public and active transport.”