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Perth people to stand up for public transport

Perth people will make their views on WA's public transport heard in a series of community meetings throughout the city, starting on Monday in Edgewater.

The Greens are facilitating a community response to the State Government's 20 year public transport plan, which leaves huge gaps in the north-west, eastern and southern corridors.

"The public transport plan looks good on paper, but it is dangerously short on ambition," said Lynn MacLaren, Greens WA spokesperson for Transport. "The State Government is asking for submissions through a short survey on their website. The Greens are taking it a step further by actively working with people who are being stranded by increasing costs and overcrowded public transport."

Giz Watson MLC for the North Metropolitan Region citied lack of space at Park'n'Ride facilities, freeway congestion, overcrowding on trains and a lack of accessible alternatives as the main concerns for her region.

"Public transport is not just for the inner city. The 20 year plan is a start, but over the last decade, public transport has risen twice as fast as predicted," said Ms Watson.

Seven public action forums will take place across the metropolitan area in regions that are in dire need of public transport improvements and alternatives.

The public action forums begin at the Emerald Park Clubrooms, Edgewater, at 6.45pm on Monday the 29th of August. The forum is open to all members of the public and will feature information on the 20 year plan from the Department of Transport, Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and member of Infrastructure Australia, North Metro Greens MLC Giz Watson, Lynn MacLaren MLC and Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens federal spokesperson for Transport.

"The state government has missed major opportunities for Federal public transport funding to get the first light rail lines into the city. Premier Barnett needs to get into gear and submit a proposal to Infrastructure Australia that we can all get behind," said Senator Ludlam. "This is an opportunity for the people of Perth to have their say and help shape the future of public transport in Perth."

For more information and to find out the dates for all of the forums visit www.scottludlam.org.au/pt-plan or phone 9335 7477.

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre - 0417 174 302

 

 

 

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