Brisbane named one of the worst cities to drive in

The State’s peak motoring body has called for an integrated public transport authority to fix Brisbane’s transport woes, after it was named the 35th worst driving city in the world.

News.com.au reported while Brisbane had fared better than Sydney and Melbourne overall, it lost points for access to public transport and high parking costs in Mister Auto’s 2019 Driving Cities Index.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Dr Michael said the Club’s own research agreed, with the soaring costs of transport in the River City. 

“Parking rates in Brisbane’s CBD are the highest in Australia, for just 30 minutes of off-street parking drivers are slugged an average of $18.20 and for an hour they can pay an average of $31.41,” Dr Michael said. 

Dr Michael said the results once again illustrated why a single integrated public transport authority was critical to ease congestion and get people out of cars.  

“Queenslanders tell us the most common reasons for not using public transport are a lack of services available in their area, poor timetables or multiple connections make it too difficult,” she said.

“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.

“The authority would have the power to reform the bus network, coordinate bus and train services and frequencies, and prioritise planning and delivery of additional public transport infrastructure and connections.

“We also need to see a number of projects progress across the south east, including Cross River RailBrisbane Metro and other network improvements such as the Cleveland line duplication and Eastern Bus Transitway.

RACQ’s full list of transport priorities was detailed in Mobility Matters.