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Transport Solutions for WA

Years of underfunding and poor priorities have left Western Australia's transport system in bad shape. A great public transport network would make our state cleaner and healthier, would cut congestion - and would reduce the gap between rich and poor.

Perth Light Rail: we've secured $500 million for Perth light rail, which will transform the way our city works. Tony Abbott has promised to axe this funding, and only put money towards road projects - which won't give us the cleaner, cheaper city we need.

Bus boost for suburbs: the outer suburbs of Perth have been neglected too long. We commit $300 million to providing bus rapid transit to 15 hot spots in Perth, including Express Bus Services for Ellenbrook and a North Eastern Bus Rapid Transit Corridor.

Cleaner buses, more often: we'll invest $150 million in boosting bus frequency of services on 11 priority routes, and $70 million in hybrid and electric buses. This would deliver more frequent buses to the places that need them, cut pollution and support local jobs in bus manufacture in Malaga.

Connected regions: we'll invest $120 million in public transport in Albany, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury and Geraldton, and we'll help provide more bus and coach services during the day in regional towns.

Trucks off our streets: only 14% of the freight going into Fremantle harbour is by rail. We'll put $200 million into building a dedicated freight rail line for Fremantle, which would save money and the precious Beeliar wetlands.

We'll fund this by ensuring that Commonwealth infrastructure funding prioritises public transport projects over roads, and re-directing uncontracted funds from within the $24 billion Nation Building Fund to priority public transport and freight projects, while ensuring regional roads and road safety projects are not compromised.

This is calculated over the period 2014-15 to 2018-19 and will not affect the federal budget bottom line.

Read our full plan to boost WA public transport.
Read more about our Perth light rail win - and protecting it from Abbott.

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