Started by ozbob, July 24, 2010, 13:10:15 PM
QuotePublic transport should be priority - Greens * From: AAP * July 24, 2010 11:25AMPUBLIC transport should be a federal government priority with a focus on congested areas such as western Sydney, Greens Senate candidate Lee Rhiannon says.The election is just four weeks away, August 21, and the former NSW upper house member is pushing for a policy focus away from roads infrastructure."The Federal Government cannot stick its head in the sand on public transport," Ms Rhiannon said in a statement today."Australia is the only OECD country in which the Federal Government does not have a formal role in funding and supporting public transport."Ms Rhiannon also wants a greater focus on commercial rail, minimising the number of freight trucks that congest western Sydney roadways."The Greens plan includes ending the subsidisation of B-double trucks, which has distorted road-rail competition," she said."We also need increased federal investment in the publicly-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation to create local jobs in improving rail freight infrastructure."Ms Rhiannon cited a number of negatives from increased traffic."The Government's failure to strike a balance between road and rail in western Sydney has resulted in more cars and trucks on the roads, peak hour traffic chaos, increased travel time and worsening air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions," she said.A Senate inquiry found that in the 30 years to 2004 the Federal Government spent $58 billon on roads, $2.2 billion on rail and only $1.5 billion on public transport, Ms Rhiannon said.
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