The Transport for Canberra policy is being released this morning, but the Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is already disappointed:
“Like many in the community, we’ve waited years for the new Transport for Canberra policy. It is supposed to reveal how the ACT will cut transport emissions in line with our 40% greenhouse gas reduction target,” said Ms Bresnan.
“A few months before the official release, the Government has slipped its modal shift target into its Energy Policy, revealing that the Transport for Canberra plan will include a target of 30% of work trips by sustainable transport modes by 2026.
“I’m shocked to see this ‘new’ target is exactly the same as the ACT Government’s existing target which it established 7 years ago. It hasn’t changed a thing. It hasn’t updated the transport target in line with the 40% greenhouse gas reduction target.
“This target will only cut emissions in the transport sector by 14% on business-as-usual projections. That is not consistent at all with our overall 40% greenhouse gas reduction target”.
“We are supposed to be a leader, but this target lags behind other Australian cities that do not even have a 40% GHG reduction plan. Brisbane, for example, has a target of 41% of work trips made by sustainable transport by 2026.
“This ACT target is for ‘work trips’ only. The Government should have a modal share target for all trips. You can’t just focus on peak hour if you want a properly efficient transport system.
“The Government’s business-as-usual approach to transport will only bring congestion, costs and inconvenience. The Greens want the Government to really invest in sustainable transport.
RiotACT is doing its bit with almost all our work trips done on bikes and buses. But that’s due to the cost of parking in Civic, not because we’re particularly virtuous. Which might be a bit of a clue.