Investment of Commonwealth and State funds in public passenger transport infrastructure and services

Investment of Commonwealth and State funds in public passenger transport infrastructure and services

20 August 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-1-74229-102-4

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the Committee (PDF 9KB)
Executive summary and recommendations (PDF 53KB)

Chapter 1: conduct of the inquiry
Chapter 2: background information on public transport in Australia
Chapter 3: benefits of public transport
Chapter 4: Improving public transport
Chapter 5: the role of the Australian Government

Chapter 1 - Conduct of the inquiry (PDF 26KB)

Structure of the report
Scope of the report
Related recent reports
A note on terminology

Chapter 2 - Background on public transport in Australia (PDF 50KB)

Public transport basics: services, mode share, trends
Management of public transport services
Cost recovery of public transport services

Chapter 3 - Benefits of public transport (PDF 155KB)

Public transport to reduce traffic congestion
Public transport to improve the urban amenity
Public transport for environmental goals
Public transport to promote public health
Public transport to reduce transport disadvantage and social isolation

Chapter 4 - Improving public transport (PDF 141KB)

Need for better services
Need for a complete network
Need to integrate cycling and walking measures with public transport
Need for better institutional arrangements
Need for a strategic transport plan
Need to integrate transport planning and urban planning
Need for infrastructure investment
Issues for rural and regional public transport
Special needs public transport, community transport
General committee comment: need to plan for long term change

Chapter 5 - The role of the Australian Government (PDF 189KB)

Past Australian Government involvement in public transport
Submissions on a future Australian Government role
National leadership for best practice transport planning
Nationally coordinated public transport research
A public transport and active transport funding program
Other matters: suggested tax incentives for public transport
Other matters: fringe benefits taxation of cars

Additional Comments - Australian Greens (PDF 13KB)
Appendix 1 - List of Submissions (PDF 54KB)
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee (PDF 42KB)
Appendix 3 - Additional information (PDF 51KB)
Appendix 4 - Car fringe benefits tax: Questions to Treasury and Treasury's answers (PDF 84KB)
References (PDF 70KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811