Keeping public transport on the rails

Public transport in Australia is under pressure from underinvestment and increased patronage. Scaling back new projects, recycling capital and debt funding may provide the states with a solution.

The current Productivity Commission inquiry into infrastructure costs and financing is particularly timely for Australian public transport.

Public transport across Australia is under pressure from past underinvestment, recent patronage growth, and a shift in the job growth centre of gravity from car-accessible outer suburbs to denser central and inner ones.

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