Financing public transport: Case studies of international and Australian cities

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Australasian Transport Research Forum
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Australasian Transport Research Forum 2013 Proceedings, 2013, pp. 1 - 9
Issue Date:
2013-01
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While the Gold Coast has been successful in negotiating $1 billion in joint funds to build its light rail system and to improve travel between its urban activity centres, the community of the Newcastle region is currently trying to prevent the closure of the existing rail service. The urban futures of these two major Australian cities could head in different directions because of their future transport framework in the city centres. One key explanation lies in their ability to source funding for improving the public transport systems. This study examines options used for funding the public transport sector in medium-size cities in Canada, Germany and France, where governance and the level of economic development have some similarities to Australia. Comparisons are then made with the situation here Newcastle (NSW) and the Gold Coast (QLD). By exploring the differences in funding sources and their intergovernmental funding arrangements, this paper concludes with options for enhancing the funding capability of the public transport sector in regional Australian cities which can be further explored or developed.
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