The trains are overcrowded, the buses are slow and the ferries are too expensive. The current government has sold off our public transport to corporations more interested in their bottom line than making sure you get home on time.
The Greens believe that New South Wales deserves world class public transport. Run for the public, by the public. No private profits, no outrageous fares – just services that get you anywhere you want to go, whenever you want to get there.
Public transport should be fast, affordable, accessible and reliable. Every train should be a first class train, every bus should be an electric bus, every trip should be on-time and stress free. That’s our vision for public transport in our State.
Free public transport
It’s time for free public transport. The Greens will scrap all public transport fares in New South Wales, introducing free public transport on all buses, trains and ferries. Free, frequent and reliable public transport would take pressure off families, cut congestion and transform how we move around in our state.
Free public transport would provide a massive economic stimulus at a time when our economy desperately needs it by putting more money in people’s pockets, increasing travel around cities and making our neighbourhoods and communities accessible, thriving places to live.
Introducing free public transport will save us money by scrapping our expensive ticketing system, reducing spending on roads and cutting costs associated with fare evasion like court costs.
Public transport in public handS
Essential services like public transport should not be run by private corporations. Over the last two decades, our public transport and even our road network has been progressively sold off by Liberal-National and Labor governments, often under contracts that prevent the government from building competing transport projects. The result has been a transport system in NSW that is no longer about getting people from A to B, it is about how much profit the private sector can extract from what should be an essential public service, to the detriment of the people of NSW already doing it tough in the cost-of-living crisis.
The Greens will:
- Prevent any further privatisation of our essential public assets and services.
- Reverse the privatisation of the bus network by re-introducing a state-owned bus operator to take over privatised services once the contractual arrangements expire.
- Scrap the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) and bring our rail assets back under direct government ownership and control.
- Introduce regulations to prevent private toll road operators charging punitive administration fees and work to reverse the restrictive tolling contracts previous governments have locked us into.