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
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 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.
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.
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.