Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Michael Apps wraps up the lat­est hap­pen­ings and in­sights from Can­berra and be­yond. This month? We learn about plan­ning for our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Sup­ply­ing for our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and the value of get­ting there: the case for mo­bil­ity for stronger Aus­tralian re­gions.

ABC (Australia) - - CONTENTS - Michael Apps BIC Na­tional Sec­re­tar­iat PO Box 6171, Kingston ACT 2604 p: 02 6247 5990 f: 02 6273 1035 e: ad­min@bic.asn.au

T he Bus In­dus­try Con­fed­er­a­tion (BIC) has al­ways ar­gued the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has a lead­er­ship and strate­gic role to play and at last we are see­ing all ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Can­berra pay­ing at­ten­tion.

The most re­cent report com­ing out of In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia (IA) very much re­flects the re­search and pol­icy pa­per se­ries that BIC has been pre­sent­ing to all lev­els of gov­ern­ment for more than a decade. It is clear that we are reach­ing a point of no re­turn where all lev­els of gov­ern­ment must take ac­tion in re­la­tion to the growth of our cities (and re­gions) and how we move peo­ple.

The Fu­ture Cities – Plan­ning for our Grow­ing Pop­u­la­tion report from In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia once again iden­ti­fies the ur­gent need for ac­tion and pub­lic trans­port and bus ser­vices are a big part of the so­lu­tion. The report said:

“Cars con­tinue to play an im­por­tant role in our cities. How­ever, across all sce­nar­ios, con­ges­tion sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases, and adding new roads is only part of the so­lu­tion. The sce­nario anal­y­sis in­di­cates that pri­vate ve­hi­cles con­tinue to be used

for the ma­jor­ity of trips within our largest cities, and the to­tal num­ber of trips on our roads in­creases sig­nif­i­cantly. Con­struc­tion of new roads alone can­not ac­com­mo­date this de­mand and al­le­vi­ate con­ges­tion at the same time. Land-use plan­ning and trans­port net­work in­vest­ment will need to be com­ple­mented by other ap­proaches in­clud­ing de­mand man­age­ment mech­a­nisms, such as road user charg­ing, and pub­lic trans­port in­vest­ment.”

This should sound fa­mil­iar if you have been read­ing the BIC re­search and pol­icy state­ments or at­tended a BIC con­fer­ence in the past few years.

Pub­lic trans­port in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices must be a cor­ner­stone of fu­ture fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions about trans­port pri­or­i­ties. The con­nec­tiv­ity of our re­gional ar­eas to our cities is vi­tal. If for no other rea­son, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment must be in­volved in pub­lic trans­port in the city and the coun­try be­cause, as the sim­ple mantra says – “it’s the econ­omy, stupid.”

This IA report sends a dire warn­ing about the thought bub­ble that per­son­alised au­ton­o­mous mod­ules for trans­port is go­ing to ad­dress the chal­lenges of pop­u­la­tion growth and con­ges­tion — as we look to the cur­rent de­bate about mo­bil­ity as a ser­vice (MAAS), fu­ture mo­bil­ity and new tech­nol­ogy.

Trans­port in the 21st cen­tury will have at its core a spine of mass tran­sit and feeder ser­vices that will be at the cen­tre of city and re­gional trans­port and this model is not, as some sug­gest, an ob­so­lete di­nosaur.

“Land-use plan­ning and trans­port net­work in­vest­ment will need to be com­ple­mented by other ap­proaches.”

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