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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
Page: 268

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Are figures available or can figures bc made available which indicate the percentage of the working population of the capital cities of Australia who go to work by (a) each type of public transport, (b) private car or (c) other means, for each of the last 10 years, if «o, what are the figures.

(2)   Does he intend to instigate any studies, or have any studies been completed in Australia, into the (a) desirability of introducing the the free-fare concept of public transport as a means of encouraging mass transit by public transport in order to relieve inner-city traffic congestion and pollution levels and (b) impact that introduction of a free-fare system nf public transport would have on commuter travel patterns in Australian capital cities, if so, what type of studies are involved.

(3)   Does he intend to instigate, or have studies been instigated, to examine the relative cost/benefit practicality of the introduction of a road-use pricing system in preference to a free-fare public transport scheme, if so, what type of studies are involved.

(4)   Have any other studies been completed in Australia or are there any other studies in progress or to be instigated which examine any other possible measures of alleviating inner-city traffic congestion and pollution levels, if so, what type of studies are involved.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(I)   In May 1970, a survey was conducted throughout Australia by the Bureau of Census and Statistics to obtain information about the principal means of journey to work and journey to school. The following estimated percentages relate to all persons who travelled to work in May 1970 in State capital cities.


Comparable figures for other years are not available. (2), (3) and (4) The Australian Government has approved in principle the provision of two thirds of the cost, over a five year period, of approved projects aimed at improving urban public transport. A detailed program is currently being developed in consultation with the States.

To facilitate long-term planning, studies will be made to urban, inter-urban and regional passenger and freight movements. Among other things the Government will be examining the feasibility of introducing new land transport technologies into Australia. These studies will be as comprehensive as possible withinthe constraints of availability of time and resources.

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