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

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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.

GOVERN­MENT RE­SOURCES

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…”

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