Rob Williams

Voters split between roads and public transport on funding

AUSTRALIANS are almost evenly split on whether government infrastructure funds should go to roads or public transport.

The first transport opinion survey from the University of Sydney business school this year showed 51% backed public transport.

But, asked where $100 million should be spent for transport, 49% of those surveyed believed it should instead fund more roads.

About three of every five respondents also preferred more rail investment over investment in more bus services, the survey showed.

The director of the university's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, Professor David Hensher, said the results showed the community was committed to improved public transport.

He said it showed people who used bus services preferred buses to light rail projects and the reverse was true for rail users.

When asked to choose between a new 30km rail corridor and 300km of dedicated bus lanes for the same cost, about 60% nationwide preferred a rail corridor.

In Queensland and South Australia, 44% of respondents supported dedicated bus lanes, compared to 40% nationally.


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