Ticket to transport chaos
FORCING passengers to jump on and off different public transport as part of a plan to make services more efficient will not work, according to the State Opposition.
Transport Minister Stephan Knoll wants the new South Australian Public Transport Authority to draw influence from other Australian cities, where using multiple forms of transport for one commute is common, when it works on new operating procedures for the state.
However, Opposition transport spokesman Tom Koutsantonis said the idea was a farce that could lead to more privatisation.
“I think the Government is attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of passengers,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“People know the public transport system that they want to use. You can’t have people on congested trains.
“The Government will have to make dramatic investments into additional infrastructure.”
Mr Koutsantonis said the State Government’s approach was “driven by cuts” in September’s State Budget, which it was now trying to dress up as a wider plan for “greater frequency” of services.
At the time of the Budget, the Government announced bus routes and train services with low patronage would be scrapped in a bid to drive efficiencies and reduce costs.
In September, the Sunday Mail revealed a plan to replace 400 ageing buses had been temporarily taken off the table, while the Government considered the best way to upgrade Adelaide’s public transport system.
The Advertiser yesterday revealed the authority would also have to consider whether a new system could be delivered under the current ownership structure of public transport assets.
Adelaide’s tram and train services are run by Government-owned AdelaideMetro, but bus services are run by Torrens Transit and SouthLink.
Mr Knoll said Adelaide’s public transport system was not as efficient as those in other cities. But Mr Koutsantonis said the Government appeared to be looking at ways to privatise more services.
“They are only interested in saving money,” he said. “I think what they are trying to do is commercialise it so that they can sell it.”
The Government will this coming week put out a tender to develop a model for the new public transport authority.