Public transport should be self-funded and sustainable
Posted : Monday, September 03, 2012
The ideal public transport model is self-funded and sustainable,
such as the Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong, KDR Gold
Coast, Managing Director, Vivienne King, has told a CEDA
forum in Brisbane.
Ms King said it's about creating a demand business model.
"Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong is the only railway that uses
this model, costing 54 cents per person per trip," she said.
She said the problem in Queensland is there is a lot of
congestion and a lack of funds.
"We need to take people out of cars and put them in transport
that works for the wider community and city," she said.
To secure sustainable forward looking transport, long term
planning needs to be locked down early and funding processes
decided, she said.
In addition, she said when leading a transport development,
there needs to be a balance between the operator and the
You need to bring in an operator early enough to influence the
design. I don't see a lot of this in Australia at the moment, she
She said when using Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to fund
transport infrastructure projects, specifications for both
contracts and design must be clear from the start for them to be
Ms King said in Europe the approach was to ensure the
specifications are clear and then go to market. However, in
Australia the approach seemed to be to go to market and then make
sure the specifications are clear, often resulting in delays.
University of Melbourne, Department of Infrastructure
Engineering, Dr Chris Hale said for Brisbane, financing
innovation and policy leadership is needed for rail to be
Many inner-urban truck routes are viable for light rail and
there needs to be a sustained shift from car to transit, he
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