Putting the public into transport

The State Liberals have released a comprehensive public transport plan designed to make Adelaide’s public transport the equal of similar sized cities anywhere in the world.

A Marshall Liberal Government will create the South Australian Public Transport Authority (SAPTA) which will be required to review the cost of fares and improvements to services on public transport,” said Shadow Minister for Transport David Pisoni.

“Making public transport affordable, safe and reliable is the key to attracting more passengers onto Adelaide’s buses, trams and trains.

“I’m also fully aware of the importance of making travelling on public transport more convenient.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will look to deliver improvements in ticketing, install mobile phone charging stations at train stations, opening toilets at trains stations with CCTV surveillance and installing more bicycle hubs at bus interchanges and train stations.

“Investigating the use of high capacity electric buses and delivering a simpler more efficient bus interchange network are ways of further improving commuter satisfaction with our public transport network.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will have Infrastructure South Australia assess four alternative routes for expanding tram services within the CBD and North Adelaide.

“Our vision is to link Adelaide’s main public institutions with our cultural precincts through an extension of the tram network to drive tourism and jobs growth throughout the City of Adelaide.

“The first component of this plan will see a Marshall Liberal Government correcting the Weatherill Government’s cynical decision to cut a right-hand turn from King William St into North Terrace.

“A Marshall Liberal Government will not expand the tram network into inner suburban Adelaide as proposed by the Weatherill Labor Government.

“Running trams down the Parade, Unley Road, Prospect Road and Henley Beach Road will destroy the amenity and beauty of the urban villages those roads service and deliver very little in return for such a massive investment.

“That money will be better spent delivering a city tram network that enhances access to Adelaide’s main attractions.”

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