The State Government announced the Creating Better Connections for Queenslanders draft plan
would position public and passenger transport services at the forefront with record investment as part of a plan for economic recovery.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Susan Furze said the renewed focus was welcomed and timely, given the challenge to accommodate changed travel preferences which emerged after COVID-19.
“The pandemic has changed our public transport behaviours and we need make sure we’re catering to those changes and adapting to how Queenslanders want to commute,” Ms Furze said.
“We’re asking Queenslanders to join RACQ in having a say on the draft plan, to make sure we get it right and put our State in the best position for what’s set to be a decade of extraordinary growth ahead of the 2032 Olympics and beyond.
“We know there are concerns around a lack of service availability, poor timetables and the need for multiple transfers during transit, for example, and a connected and holistic vision for the network should help to overcome these customer pain points.
“RACQ has long called for improvements in reliability, efficiency and accessibility of our transport system because we want to see increased patronage on our trains, trams, buses and ferries to reduce congestion on the roads and decrease travel times across the entire network.”
Ms Furze congratulated the Government for prioritising smart ticketing initiatives and sustainable transport options.
“We’re welcoming the news that hundreds of smart ticketing readers will be installed at train stations and on bus services across the State meaning travellers in metro and regional areas can pay using a credit card, smart phone or watch,” she said.
“We’re also pleased to see a renewed focus on sustainable transport options like Queensland’s Electric Super Highway, of which RACQ is a proud partner, zero-emissions buses and emerging mobility trends like e-bikes and e-scooters to improve first and last mile accessibility.”
Queenslanders could have their say on the plan on the TransLink website.