Queenslanders are more likely to still own a car in 10 years’ time than any other Australian, new research undertaken by the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia shows
Queenslanders are more likely to still own a car in 10 years’ time than any other Australian, new research undertaken by the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia ( TTF) shows.
The research, undertaken as part of TTF’s report The Future of Mobility, has also found the car is by far Queenslanders’ favourite mode of transport, with 64 per cent indicating it is their favourite way to get around, compared to the national average of 57 per cent.
“While most experts predict that autonomous and on- demand transport services will quickly lead to the end of private car ownership, a new nation-wide survey undertaken as part of this research has shown that a staggering 80 per cent of Queenslanders still believe that they will own their own car in 10 years’ time, compared to the national average of 76 per cent,” TTF chief executive Margy Osmond says.
To increase the demand for public transport, services needed to be more frequent and reliable, according to Osmond.
Thirty-nine per cent of Queenslanders think the Government should be focused on building more roads, while 61 per cent would prefer to see an investment in public transport services, compared to the national average of 30 per cent in favour of roads and 70 per cent in favour of public transport.
Some 63 per cent of Queenslanders believe that drones will be used in the future to transport people as well as goods.
An intrepid 39 per cent of all Australians are keen to be part of this airborne revolution, and that begs some very large and real questions about the design of our cities into the future with our skies potentially thick with people-laden drones.
“Technology and innovation on their own will not be the silver bullet to all our problems,” Osmond says.
“We need a planned and integrated mobility network that works with high-frequency public transport services, the shared economy options and with new disruptors in the sector.
“More immediately, it is great to see governments across Australia investing heavily in new transport infrastructure and services, but we cannot simply build our way out of future congestion.
“We need to have an ongoing conversation with travellers to encourage the use of new flexible options. The good news is that Australians are receptive to a great deal of the new technology available, with 64 per cent of commuters preferring to use a smart card, such as Go Card to access public transport services rather than the ticketing options of the past.
“Our political leaders must be at the forefront of the transport revolution and look to embrace the potential of new technologies, no matter how ‘out there’ they may seem.”
ENCOURAGING MODE SHIFT
Changing the travel behaviours of commuters and encouraging mode shift also remains a challenge for decision makers. While 70 per cent of commuters believe that governments should prioritise future investment in public transport infrastructure over road infrastructure, 57 per cent of commuters opt for a private vehicle as their preferred mode of transport.
This indicates that for many commuters, public transport services may not be a viable or convenient alternative to driving.
Longer term, shared and on- demand services could resolve these issues by providing safe, efficient and reliable first-last-mile connections between residential areas and major transport hubs.
Understanding how much investment to make in the transport system, and how to fund that investment, is a critical challenge for governments across Australia.
It will become more complex over the next decade and beyond, as the model used to collect and distribute revenue from land transport users through mechanisms such as fuel excise, come under increasing pressure as vehicles become more fuel efficient and consumers opt for electric or hybrid vehicles.
Reduced government income from these revenue sources will not only make it difficult to build new transport infrastructure but will also place pressures on maintaining existing infrastructure and services.
It is critical that governments consider future funding sources and delivery models for building transport infrastructure and maintaining services in the longer term.
Australia is currently in the middle of an unprecedented transport infrastructure boom, with record levels of expenditure currently committed by governments across the nation. State governments, in particular New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia are delivering public transit infrastructure projects that will transform and future-proof mobility and transport networks. Investment in major public transport infrastructure projects and new transport services will be essential to address the challenges.
Meanwhile, investment in transport infrastructure and the delivery of new services over the past fi ve years have been well received by commuters, with 39 per cent across Australia indicating their public transport services had improved, compared with 19 per cent who believe it had worsened.
Satisfaction with public transport services varies between jurisdictions, however it is noted that greater levels of satisfaction were generally recorded in jurisdictions where governments have invested, or are investing, in new transport infrastructure and services including Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
“An intrepid 39 per cent of all Australians are keen to be part of this airborne revolution…”