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Bus boost for suburbs, new rail for freight – Greens launch more transport solutions for WA

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 1 Sep 2013

The Greens launched an $842 million plan today to deliver express bus services, a new for old replacement fleet of hybrid electric buses, and a new dedicated freight rail line in Western Australia.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the initiative commits $300 million to providing express bus services and bus rapid transit to 15 hot spots in the metropolitan area, spanning some 60km - including Express Bus Services for Ellenbrook - linking into a North Eastern Bus Rapid Transit Corridor.

"The outer suburbs of Perth have been neglected too long. Their services are too slow, too inefficient, and often don't have the means to properly accommodate people with wheelchairs or parents with prams. All Western Australians deserve a world class public transport system - and the Greens plan will deliver it," said Senator Ludlam.

A further $150 million would boost the frequency of services at 11 different routes identified as a priority.

$70 million would go towards funding a new hybrid and electric fleet of CAT buses and about 400 "new for old replacements" hybrid electric replacements in the Transperth bus fleet by 2029. This would support local jobs in bus manufacture in Malaga and help us transition to a clean energy future.

"The Greens will also invest $200 million to duplicate the Fremantle Rail Freight Bridge and provide a dedicated freight rail line from the Fremantle container line to the freight intermodal hub. This will render the proposed Roe 8 extension redundant, saving at least $600 million and the precious Beeliar wetlands," said Senator Ludlam.

"For regional WA, the Greens' package includes $120 million for public transport initiatives in Albany, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, and Geraldton, and the Regional Coach and School bus network will receive $2 million for re-tasking extra day services.

"With congestion ruining our city, petrol at $1.50 a litre, and people spending upwards of three hours a day trying to get to and from work - it's time for Western Australia to have a public transport system that takes the pressure off our roads, our wallets and our time."

Read our plan to boost WA transport.
Read about Perth light rail - and how we're making it happen.

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