After years of inadequate planning and insufficient investment in efficient and reliable transport options, Perth residents have become heavily dependent on private vehicles.
Perth is one of the most car-dependent cities in Australia. Unless we change the way public transport is currently planned and prioritised, our transport emissions will continue to grow and congestion will worsen, impacting individuals, business and the environment.
Building more roads only invites greater congestion. Instead, active transport methods must be encouraged, including walking, cycling and public transport. A quarter of Perth residents do not have access to frequent public transport services within walking distance of their home. Metronet is a much-needed and long-overdue addition to Perth’s heavy-rail network, but much more needs to be done to make public transport accessible and affordable for all Western Australians.
The Greens (WA) have a plan to revitalise Perth’s public transport network, using light rail and rapid bus transit services to fill in the gaps and create a modern, connected city. We also need a network that can be flexible to incorporate emerging technologies, such as ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles.
There is also work to be done to reform public transport fares. The State Government continues to respond to declining public transport usage by increasing fares. This downward spiral has resulted in a network that is unaffordable and underutilised. We are working on a plan to reform fare structures to make transport more affordable, particularly for low-income earners and people living in the outer suburbs.