Two birds, one stone: harnessing community assets to improve transport connectivity in New South Wales

This report offers a suite of recommendations aimed at effectively capitalising on existing community assets, such as shuttle buses and car parking facilities, to best provide the necessary services for a growing urban population. This report first outlines the growing challenges to Sydney’s traffic and transport network. It highlights areas in which the NSW Government can invest in collaboration with community organisations, such as clubs, schools, nursing homes and entertainment precincts to make the most of existing community assets. A major challenge to the Sydney transport network is ensuring interconnectivity. Many suburban areas are poorly connected to the wider transport network, forcing commuters into their cars instead of often underutilised bus and train services. The distance between many residential properties and bus stops within suburbs discourages commuters from riding on public transport. To meet this challenge, more consistent intra-suburban services – between residences and transport hubs – are required. This report suggests that greater cooperation between clubs and the NSW Government could foster the enhanced utilisation of car parking spots within the vicinity of train stations, ferry terminals and bus interchanges. Ample parking is central to encouraging commuters to ‘park and ride’, and is vital to limiting congestion on Sydney’s roads. This report concludes by outlining notable transport trouble spots in the Greater Sydney area, and how harnessing community assets could substantially improve the public transport services in these communities. By collaborating with the operators of existing community assets, the NSW Government could better connect Greater Sydney’s transport network and encourage higher utilisation rates of existing assets, limiting Sydney’s congestion and benefiting the lives of ordinary commuters.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 47p

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  • Accession Number: 01604811
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2016 2:06PM