Free, publicly owned public transport

Public transport belongs to the public


The South Australian Greens will bring the bus network back into public hands, reverse the Liberal’s privatisation of the train and tram network and Labor’s privatisation of buses.

We will introduce free public transport across the network.

The Greens will:

Scrap public transport fares and introduce free public transport at a cost of $433.4 million over four years

Bring the bus network back into public hands

Reverse the Liberal’s privatisation of the tram and train network

Invest $1 billion to upgrade South Australia’s public transport network

Our plan

Adelaide bus street scene

Essential Services Belong in Public Hands

Essential services like public transport should not be run by private corporations. The Greens will reverse the Liberal’s privatisation of the train and tram network.

The Greens will also reverse the privatisation of the entire bus network. We shouldn’t be giving public money to private corporations to run essential services.



Free PT

Free Public Transport

Free, frequent and reliable public transport would take pressure off families, cut congestion and transform how South Australians move around.

Free public transport would provide a massive economic stimulus at a

time when South Australia’s economy desperately needs it by putting more money in people’s pockets, increasing travel around the city and making our neighbourhoods and communities accessible, thriving places to live.



Pt expansion fund

Public Transport Expansion Fund

The South Australian Greens will invest $1 billion over four years upgrading the South Australian public transport system, including the Adelaide Hills and regions.



Adelaide train station

How we will pay

Based on the 2020/21 South Australian budget, scrapping public transport fares would cost $433.4 million over four years. This is before you factor in the long term savings that come with scrapping the contract with the private ticket system provider, reduced traffic congestion, road maintenance and economic activity.

This would be covered by the proposed developer tax, which would raise $1.7 billion over four years.