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The Courier Mail reported 430 extra services a week had been added to the southeast Queensland network, after ‘Rail Fail’ back in 2016 when services were initially scrapped.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said while more services was good news for commuters, the fact it had been more than 1000 days since they were cut wasn’t acceptable.
“Commuters don’t deserve any more hiccups due to poor management and the best way to stop this from happening is to establish an integrated Public Transport Authority to administer the delivery of all services across the State,” Dr Michael said.
“If we had one body looking after all the forms of public transport in Queensland we could have a reliable and effective public transport system that meets current and future Queenslanders’ needs.”
Dr Michael said it was vital the Government looked to reform the way the public transport system was administered across the State to safeguard the future success of passenger rail and public transport.
“We need to start putting in place future targets to ensure additional services can be provided sustainably, especially at the opening of Cross River Rail. We can’t afford for it to start impacting the rest of the network,” she said.
“If we want to ensure public transport can ease pressure on the road network as our population grows, we need a significant change in the way the system is planned and managed.”
This article first appeared on live.racq.com.au
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