Principles

The Queensland Greens believe that:

  1. The primary goal of transport is to facilitate social, cultural and economic interaction.
  2. Transport policy should not stand alone but should include integrated community planning, including looking for opportunities to reduce the need to travel by better siting of facilities and services.
  3. Transport policy should focus on moving people and goods rather than vehicles.
  4. Transport policy can be used to achieve positive environmental, social, economic and public health outcomes.
  5. Too many people are forced to rely on private car use simply for lack of viable alternatives such as public transport and safe walking and cycling facilities.
  6. Excessive reliance on private motor vehicle in cities disrupts interaction, disadvantages much of the community and exposes everyone to negative health, environmental, economic and safety outcomes.
  7. Good transport policy should focus on creating socially just and environmentally sustainable transport systems in which individuals and groups can exercise real choice.
  8. Change in travel patterns can be achieved by promoting and providing for public and active transport, both of which provide an alternative to private car use.
  9. 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 precincts.
  10. Public transport should preferably be government owned and, when privately owned, should be subject to the oversight and constructive input of government transit authorities.
  11. Rail freight provides far more efficient long-distance transport than road freight and should be given priority by government.
  12. Passenger access to airports should be primarily provided by high quality public transport rather than motorways which encourage excess car use. New airports should not be located near residential areas.
  13. Transport planning should take into consideration issues like climate change, the rising price (and depletion of stocks) of oil and the public health impacts of air pollution arising from various transport modes.
  14. Transport planning should not merely be a question of whether a proposed solution to a perceived problem is possible but should ask what the most appropriate solution is. This decision should be made with environmental, urban liveability and long-term economic considerations in mind.
  15. Well planned transport systems attract investment in residential and commercial projects and thus have a positive impact on local and regional economies.
  16. Residential streets and urban areas are places for people and urban liveability should be a major consideration in any transport plan.
  17. Avoidable accidents (such as level crossing incidents) have large economic, social and infrastructure costs associated with them such as getting emergency services crews on location, shutting down rail and road infrastructure and transporting and treating those injured in the accidents.

Goals

The Queensland Greens want to:

  1. Improve access to social, cultural and economic interaction for all, including those with disabilities, children, the aged population, those without cars and those who do not have constant access to a private motor vehicle.
  2. Reform transport planning to minimise negative public health, environmental, social and cultural impacts.
  3. Create a planning and regulatory framework in which the true economic, environmental, social and public health costs of various transport modes are reflected.
  4. Help people decrease their reliance on private car transport by adequately funding high quality public and active transport systems.
  5. Increase the urban amenity of residential, commercial and recreational space by reducing speed limits and introducing traffic calming and pedestrianisation of the streetscape.
  6. Establish regional transit planning structures and authorities with powers to plan and implement local transit and traffic management strategies to make transport decisions more responsive to local needs.
  7. Extend and increase the level of service in South East Queensland's urban rail network. Ensure that rail corridors are reserved in new development areas and that public transport infrastructure built in these corridors as development occurs.
  8. Re-establish and invest in new rural and regional rail routes for inter-city passenger transport as well as freight.
  9. Encourage the use of motorcycles and scooters as an alternative to the private car to reduce congestion while maintaining the high level of personal mobility which is associated with car ownership.
  10. Fund the continued and improved safety of roads, railways, pedestrian areas, bikeways, airways, shipping lanes, level crossings and all other transport space.
  11. Reduce the amount of public and private space given over to new major road projects.
  12. Protect public space, wildlife habitats and parkland from the encroachment of transport systems.
  13. Increase the safety of urban and suburban transport systems as well as the road and rail freight industries.

Measures

The Queensland Greens will:

  1. Build a light rail network in Brisbane as an upgrade to the busway network that will complement the heavy passenger rail network.
  2. Introduce ticket vending machines at all busway stations to improve boarding times.
  3. Introduce daily and weekly fare caps to the Go-Card system to ensure that users are not charged more than the equivalent cost of a daily or weekly ticket for their travels.
  4. Extend the operating hours of AirTrain to serve late night and early morning flights as well as airport staff who may start early or finish late.
  5. Investigate the feasibility of bringing AirTrain back into public hands so it can be properly integrated into TransLink. If not feasible, investigate measures to reduce the cost to users to bring it in line with trips of an equivalent distance.
  6. Increase synergy between rail and bus operations, particularly those bus services which stop at or near train stations.
  7. Introduce feeder bus routes for train lines rather than bus services which run parallel to the train line.
  8. Investigate the retraining of truck drivers affected by shifts in transport patterns as bus drivers to cater to extra public transport demand.
  9. Support the increase of inner city Brisbane rail capacity as proposed in Queensland Rail's Inner City Rail Capacity Study.
  10. Once inner city rail capacity is increased, prioritise the construction of the proposed railway lines to Redcliffe, Coolangatta, Springfield/Ripley Valley, Caloundra and Maroochydore as outlined in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan (SEQIP) to bring better access to public transport to people who currently have little to no public transport access.
  11. Dual track all single track rail and investigate the demand in the Doomben-Pinkenba line in order to determine whether electrification would lead to increased public transport use in the area.
  12. Extend the public transport concession to holders of a Commonwealth Government Low Income Health Care Card (in line with other states).
  13. Trial buses running on alternative energy sources such as biodiesel and hydrogen fuel cells.
  14. Create a South East Queensland Transit Authority to oversee the planning, construction and timetabling of current and new public transport systems in South East Queensland.
  15. Provide money to local councils (or newly established regional transit authorities) to provide new bus and ferry services and vehicles as well as the creation of active transport facilities.
  16. Provide funds for the reconfiguration of key rail infrastructure to reduce the number of facing moves. This will allow better timetabling and, coupled with new rollingstock, will increase the capacity of the existing rail network.
  17. Construct a new freight line through the CBD which is segregated from the passenger rail network.
  18. Create additional rail freight intechance nodes.
  19. Connect the Gold Coast railway to the NSW North Coast railway in order to facilitate rail travel between Northern New South Wales (Murwillumbah) and the Gold Coast. Build a rail gauge interchange at the proposed Tugun station.
  20. Investigate the feasibility of re-opening the Bethania-Beaudesert rail spur to provide greater public transport coverage outside of Brisbane.
  21. Create new bus routes which

    • Serve local areas
    • Run cross-city
    • Link major suburban destinations
  22. Reform performance based funding of Queensland Rail to take passenger loads into account rather than simply analysing whether the trains are on time.
  23. Install new safety features at all level rail crossings by 2012 including boom gates, more visible signage, road surface based warnings, reduced speed limits and cameras to catch vehicles driving across the tracks when a train is approaching.
  24. Cancel the construction of new road tunnels, including the Toowong-Everton Park tunnel and all road tunnels in the Brisbane City Council's TransApex scheme.
  25. Redress the lack of funding for public and active transport by maintaining road safety projects but moving funding from new road projects to new public and active transport projects.
  26. Investigate the effectiveness of an airport curfew and the economic and environmental impact.
  27. Delay the construction of an extra runway at Brisbane Airport until a study has been completed to determine the optimum position of the runway with respect to the impact on nearby residential areas and the Boondall wetlands bird sanctuary (an internationally protected site under the Ramsar Convention). If the impact can not be minimised to an acceptable level, the second runway should be scrapped.
  28. Restructure vehicle registration to encourage fuel efficiency and the uptake of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles and motorcycles and motor scooters.
  29. Remove any state based fuel subsidies and transfer the money towards setting up a “pay as you drive” vehicle registration system where registration is paid at the petrol pump.
  30. Increase the efficiency of the road network by introducing disincentives for single occupant vehicles such as transit lanes for multiple occupant vehicles, priority signals for buses and congestion pricing for areas adequately served by public transport, particularly the Brisbane CBD and other areas with high levels of pedestrian use.
  31. Adopt the recommendations of the Queensland Transport “Smart Travel Choices for South East Queensland” Green paper and develop similar proposals for other regions.
  32. Review and amend planning regulations to encourage building owners and designers to provide facilities such as secure parking and end of trip facilities for cyclists and walkers.
  33. Reduce urban speed limits to make roads safer for all users, particularly exposed users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
  34. Improve safety at intersections by increasing the length of pedestrian crossing signals and ensuring all turn signals for traffic have a full suite of lights from red through to green.
  35. Review and strengthen air quality regulations in line with the latest research into air pollution and its effects on human health. Deny approval to road projects which do not meet these regulations.
  36. Restrict heavy vehicle movements on suburban roads to increase safety and urban amenity. Reduce the speed limit for heavy vehicles on urban and suburban roads in order to prolong the life, and increase the safety, of the road surface.
  37. Ensure adequate testing of heavy vehicle emissions, particularly diesel engines, so that they meet air pollution regulations.
  38. Amend transport legislation to allow full judicial review.
  39. Provide public transport season passes to state government employees in lieu of fleet vehicles for travel to and from work. Maintain a fleet of hybrid vehicles at government offices for journeys during the day which require the use of a car.
  40. Make new drivers' licenses conditional on defensive driving training in order to improve road safety and reduce the number of driver fatalities. This training should be partially subsidised to reduce costs for drivers and should count towards logged hours at a higher rate.
  41. Create bike lane and bikeway networks to connect communities to their local train stations, bus interchanges and shopping centres. Provide adequate and safe facilities for bicycle, scooter and motorcycle storage at these locations.
  42. Allocate a minimum of 5% of transport infrastructure funding for the provision and maintenance of cycling facilities in order to meet the usage goals in the Queensland Government's cycling plan.
  43. Legislate to ensure that all new state road projects and upgrades conform with the Department of Main Roads' Cycling on State Controlled Roads policy.
  44. Develop abandoned railway corridors as "rail trails" for cycling tourism.
  45. Establish an auditing process to ensure all existing cycling facilities (both on and off-road) meet the needs and expectations of cyclists.
  46. Establish a $100 million Regional Queensland Cycling Fund to facilitate the construction of cycling infrastructure in regional towns, pursuant to the adoption of cycling policies in line with the Department of Main Roads' Cycling on State Controlled Roads policy.