Published on March 3, 2014
INDUSTRY UPDATE Encouraging Government to invest in light rail www.ara.net.au Bryan Nye, ARA CEO ABN 64 217 302 489
6TH LARGEST RAIL NETWORK GLOBALLY www.ara.net.au
OUR ANNUAL CUSTOMERS... 167 million light rail customer journeys 620 million heavy rail customer journeys 787 million customer www.ara.net.au journeys 930 million tonnes of freight
OUR POPULATION GRAVITATES TO OUR CITIES www.ara.net.au
CONGESTION IS CRIPPLING OUR CITIES • By 2020 it will cost Australia $20.4 billion / year – additional travel times – increased vehicle operating costs – poorer air quality – decreased productivity www.ara.net.au
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR INDIVIDUALS? An ARA commuter cost study found: • Commuting to work five days a week by car, costs the average Australian $11,031 • By leaving the car at home, the average commuter could save $5,400 • Not owning a car at all and commuting with public transport could save the average commuter $9,425 www.ara.net.au
THE SOLUTION? • Integrated transport systems – Road – Light Rail – Heavy Rail – Buses – Cycling – Walking ALL MODES WORKING TOGETHER www.ara.net.au
US & CANADA TRANSIT INVESTMENTS 2014 New Transit Investments= $815 billion www.ara.net.au
AND HERE IN AUSTRALIA? www.ara.net.au
CURRENT FEDERAL FUNDING $35.5 billion Infrastructure Investment Program ROAD – more than $20 billion RAIL - $300 million $6.7 billion: upgrade the Bruce Hwy $5.6 billion: finish the Pacific Hwy duplication $1.75 billion: Roads to Recovery Programme $1.5 billion: WestConnex, Sydney $1.5 billion: East-West Link, Melbourne $1 billion: Gateway Mwy North upgrade, Brisbane $700 million : Toowoomba Second Range Crossing $686 million: Gateway WA Project, Perth $615 million: Swan Valley Bypass, Perth - Darwin Hwy www.ara.net.au $500 million : upgrade South Road, Adelaide $300 million: Inland Rail
GOVERNMENTS MUST INNOVATE • IA has costed our infrastructure backlog at $300 billion • Governments cannot afford to continue funding infrastructure from general funds • We must get smarter at funding • ARA recently released a paper “Innovative funding and financing for public transport” to spark debate www.ara.net.au
ALTERNATE FUNDING TOOLS Dedicated revenue tools are being used around the world to invest in transport: – Transit-oriented developments – Value capture – Congestion charging – Sales tax – Payroll tax – Fuel tax www.ara.net.au
A Canadian Case Study • $34 billion pipeline of transport projects • Metrolinx, Ontario, Canada Investment Strategy • Adopted the position: “everyone beneﬁts” from transport improvements, therefore the strategy aims to ensure “everyone contributes” www.ara.net.au
A Canadian Case Study Into a dedicated Transport Trust Fund www.ara.net.au
SUPPORTED BY POLICY TOOLS www.ara.net.au
FRANCE LEADS THE WORLD Over the last 12 years, light rail km’s in France have multiplied by five. The French payroll tax is credited for the extensive light rail investment. www.ara.net.au
FRENCH TRAM KM’S 1990 - 2012 www.ara.net.au
THE LIGHT RAIL RENAISSANCE Location Project Gold• Gold Coast: one) Coast 13km (stage G:Link Plans up to 55km • Newcastle: Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy • Sydney (x2): Sydney (x2) 1. Inner West Extension • Canberra:and South East 2. CBD • Melbourne:to the city Canberra Gungahlin • Adelaide: from a tram to Melbourne Transitioning a light • Hobart: rail system Adelaide Multiple extension plans • Perth: Hobart Exploring use of freight line www.ara.net.au Perth Light Max Operator Status G:Link Operational mid 2014 NSW Govt Planning 1. Transdev 2. NSW Govt 1. Opening March 2. 5 – 6 years Capital Metro Ground to be broken by 2016 Yarra Trams Ongoing Adelaide Metro Planning TAS Govt Planning WA Govt On hold until 2015
INDUSTRY LIGHT RAIL GROUP • • • • • • KDR Gold Coast Yarra Trams Transdev Dept Planning Transport and Infrastructure, SA Capital Metro Transport for NSW www.ara.net.au
RAIL HAS AN EXITING FUTURE www.ara.net.au
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