Principles

The Queensland Greens believe that:

  1. Transport policy should focus on moving people and goods rather than vehicles.
  2. Transport policy can be used to support the achievement of positive environmental, social, economic and public health outcomes.
  3. Dependence on private car use can be reduced by integrating land use and transport planning when developing new infrastructure and residential, commercial, industrial and recreational areas.
  4. Public transport should preferably be government owned and, when privately owned, should be subject to the oversight and constructive input of government transit authorities.
  5. Residential streets and urban areas are places for people and urban liveability should be a major consideration in any transport plan.

Aims

The Queensland Greens will:

Transport Efficiency

 

1. Organise transport planning and operational oversight under the jurisdiction of one government department considered fundamental to a quality integrated transport system.

2. Prioritise projects where the highest levels of transport congestion are experienced.

3. Prioritise long term investment toward a safer and efficient rail freight network.

4. Prioritise funding to public transport modes.

5. Prioritise funding to improve the resilience of major highways and railway lines to floods.

6. Review public transport mode performance indices to reflect transport efficiency and encapsulate the value of improved public amenity and active transport components.

7. Require that rail corridors are reserved in new development areas and that public transport infrastructure is built in these corridors as development occurs.

8. Fund and market an incentive program to increase telecommuting.

 

Active Transport

9. Co-fund active transport infrastructure initiatives with local government.

10. Fund and market an incentive program to increase active transport usage.

11. Establish a Regional Queensland Cycling Fund to oversee; (1) the construction of cycling infrastructure in regional towns, and (2) new and upgraded road projects, both conform to the Department of Main Road’s Cycling on State Controlled Roads policy.

12. Prioritise bike lane and bikeway network projects to connect communities to local train stations, bus interchanges and shopping centres and provide adequate and safe facilities for bicycle, scooter and motorcycle storage at these locations.

 

Specific Projects – Queensland Wide

13. Investigate and implement safety improvements for rail crossings.

14. Require new Queensland Government fleet vehicles to be as fuel efficient as possible in the current vehicles market.

15. Fund a public education program on the benefits of using electric and low impact renewable fuels for all modes of transport.

16. Structure vehicle registration payments to encourage fuel efficiency and the uptake of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles and motorcycles and motor scooters.

17. Fund a program where new driver licenses are conditional on partially subsidised defensive driving training including a higher driver training period log rate for such training.

18. Plan transport links into airports to include a variety of options including public transport.

19. Plan for new airports and existing airport expansion to minimise impact on residential areas and sensitive ecosystems.

20. In line with other states, extend the public transport concession to holders of a Commonwealth Government Low Income Health Care Card.

 

Specific Projects - South-east Queensland

21. Build a light rail network in Brisbane to complement the bus-way and heavy passenger rail networks.

22. Working with the federal government, commence or extend the construction of railway lines to Redcliffe, Coolangatta, Springfield, Ripley Valley, Caloundra and Maroochydore as outlined in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan.

23. Improve access to recharge options for the Go Card network.

24. Introduce a more equitable fare structure for SEQ that takes into account trip lengths, concessions and frequency of travel.

25. Review bus services in SEQ to link major suburban centres, further synchronise rail and bus service timetables and introduce feeder bus routes for train lines rather than bus services which run parallel to the train line.

26. Implement a peak-period Brisbane CBD congestion charging scheme.

27. Conduct a feasibility study to develop car share facilities in the CBD.

28. Conduct a feasibility study to develop a Brisbane river water taxi service.

29. Conduct a feasibility study on making flexible or removing tolls for TransApex tunnels to reduce peak period CBD congestion.

30. Conduct a feasibility study to integrate AirTrain into TransLink and/or other measures to reduce its cost and extend its operating hours.

 

Notes

The Queensland Greens are further mindful that the transport policy should:

  1. Support other policies - economic vitality, regeneration, environmental issues (carbon, air quality, noise), health (active travel), food security and access to education.
  2. Be supported by other policies related to planning, finance and the environment such as:

    • strengthened air quality regulations in line with the latest research into air pollution and its effects on human health.
    • amended planning regulations which require building owners and designers to provide facilities such as secure parking and end of trip facilities for cyclists and walkers.
  1. Be inclusive, taking into account all residents and users.
  2. Promote smart mobility solutions that help to make urban areas more sustainable and better places to live for all inhabitants.
  3. Ensure that our transport systems can adapt and evolve to support population growth forecasts and changing usage patterns.
  4. Support an overall vision of low pollution transportation, based on avoiding unnecessary journeys, shifting travel activity to low pollution modes, and improving the energy efficiency of each mode.
  5. Make public transport a viable alternative to private cars by being affordable, accessible and convenient.
  6. Support continuous improvement to road and vehicle safety programs.
  7. Support the immediate implementation of the Brisbane cross river rail project.
  8. Support Translink’s current program to provide more accessible, higher frequency public transport services.
  9. Support the new 'safe passing' road rules to ensure that a 1m gap is left between cyclist and passing traffic.
  10. Recognise as a step towards realising Australia’s long-term road safety vision, a strategic program of road improvements and increased investment in safety-related initiatives will be required.
  11. Lower the cost of transport for the user and the socialised cost for the community.
  12. Improve road safety and reduce the number of driver fatalities.
  13. Continuously Review urban speed limits to make roads safer for all users, particularly exposed users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
  14. Extend and increase the level of service in South East Queensland's urban rail network particularly inner city Brisbane rail capacity as proposed in Queensland Rail's Inner City Rail Capacity Study.
  15. Implement smarter road and traffic light systems that effectively reduce congestion.