What has been achieved in 4 years?

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How much of that pledged at the last election has been achieved? The Conservation Council’s analysis of the major party transport policies from 13 Oct 2016 reminds us of what was on the table.

Election transport policies from the incumbents, The Conservation Council, ACT election 13 Oct 2016.

“Labor is good on transport with support for light rail and additional buses but seems caught up in trying to match the Liberals in road duplications. Labor has also had the transport portfolio for most of the last fifteen years and has not developed policies to achieve ‘mode shift’ away from cars to public transport, cycling, walking and car share.”

Election transport policies from the incumbents, The Conservation Council, ACT election 13 Oct 2016.

Canberra.bike says: the mode share has not changed significantly in fifteen years but there is also a lack of measurement to detect small changes.

“Light rail has been successful in lifting the profile of transport, even public transport, in the 2016 ACT election campaign. In terms of the Conservation Council’s policies light rail gets a tick because it can assist the development of a more compact city, and it is another step to reduce the expansion of the city. Labor and the Greens in supporting light rail are adding another element to help bring about a transport system that delivers a shift from car dependency. “

Election transport policies from the incumbents, The Conservation Council, ACT election 13 Oct 2016.

Canberra.bike’s opinion: light rail has progressed and is successful.

“Labor has fewer headings on transport but has multi-page plans underneath. Labor’s transport plans include almost as many road duplications (four) and they will increase maintenance (resurfacing). Labor also promises eighty additional buses and includes 100 additional drivers. … Labor has committed to work on the next stage of the light rail network to Woden. “

Election transport policies from the incumbents, The Conservation Council, ACT election 13 Oct 2016.

Canberra.bike says: Labor still likes road duplications.

“The Greens have a comprehensive set of transport plans and look at a range of modes including walking and cycling ($60million allocated), public transport and private vehicles. … The Greens have submitted many of their plans for election costings and they did it early enough they have even obtained a response on their commitment to spend $130million on clean green buses. “

Election transport policies from the incumbents, The Conservation Council, ACT election 13 Oct 2016.

Canberra.bike says: the 2020 Parliamentary Agreement Status Report released today quotes only $30 million and not the $60 million promised in 2016. Further, there is no discussion of election costings from ACT Greens Transport Spokesperson, Emma Davidson., for the current ACT Greens Cycling Revolution.

From the Greens election pamphlet from 2016 (see attached):

“The Greens will invest $60 million to:
» Implement new best practice infrastructure (such as separated cycling facilities);
» Improve walking and cycling connections to key local destinations such as schools, shops and community facilities; and
» Repair of damaged footpaths and shared paths.

The rollout of new infrastructure will be guided by a strategic active travel network plan and will particularly focus on connecting people to their local centres, schools and community facilities.”

Creating an active Canberra and putting people first, ACT Greens, ACT Election 2016.
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