In the weeks before the federal elections we put together a comparison of the transport infrastructure funding commitments made by the ALP and the Coalition during the campaign. The article sparked an interesting debate in the Rail Network Australasia industry group on LinkedIn. While initial contributions to the discussion focussed quite heavily on the funding split between state and federal government for different transport modes, the debate soon turned to a more complex question: What is good value for taxpayer’s money in transport infrastructure provisioning and operation? Should we focus on “transport responsibilities” rather than road versus rail?
Here are some of thoughts group members brought to the debate:
Do you think we need to overcome the road versus rail debate and think of the transport system as a whole when it comes to allocating government funds? You can join the discussion in our LinkedIn group or by leaving a comment below.