Revised May 2014

Principles 

The Greens NSW believe: 

1. Integrated, accessible, and efficient transport systems will lead to sustainability; 

2. State transport infrastructure and major services should be publicly owned and administered, and not run for profit; 

3. Maintaining and improving existing public transport infrastructure and services is vital for New South Wales; 

4.  People have the right to inexpensive, efficient, accessible and safe public transport; 

5. Transport systems that favour public transport and active transport including cycling and walking are both environmentally superior and more socially inclusive, and deserve far greater support and funding; 

6. A shift to rail for long-distance passenger and freight transport is an important and effective response to global warming, congestion and pollution, and improves road safety; 

7. Our current transport systems, in particular air and road, are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and we must work to reduce our reliance on them; 

8. Access to public transport in regional and rural areas is a necessity for communities; 

9. Active transport has clear health and social benefits and should be promoted. 

Aims 

The Greens NSW work to:

Greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency

10. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both the production of transport infrastructure and the provision of transport services;

11.Transition our transport systems to ecologically sustainable and renewable energy sources; 

12. Support federal efforts to build a high speed rail network on the east coast of Australia with minimal impact on high conservation value areas; 

13. Support upgrades to high-performance rail on strategic corridors; 

14. Ensure freight transport is safe and ecologically sustainable; 

15. Support and promote car-sharing initiatives in urban and regional areas; 

16. Advocate for taxation reform to promote transition to sustainable transport modes; 

17. End the construction of new motorways and redirect funding to public transport infrastructure, while supporting road safety upgrades; 

18. Enforce priority traffic measures such as bus lanes, transit lanes and bicycle lanes, including their maintenance; 

19. Introduce US-style Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFÉ) standards 

20. Support the development of high efficiency electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure that uses low-carbon energy sources; 

21. Replace current light commercial vehicles with light electric and rechargeable hybrid light commercial vehicles for the transportation of freight in urban areas, provided they can be charged from low-carbon energy sources; 

22. Invest in rail as the predominant mode for freight transport;

23. Develop biofuels only when there is no competition with food production and minimal impact on biodiversity, natural resources and productive agricultural land; 

24. Phase out the use of semi-trailers and B-doubles as the major form of freight transport and replace them with a combination of rail, maritime transport and non-articulated trucks running on renewable energy; 

25. Remove competitive road advantages where alternatives exist by implementing pricing mechanisms that incorporate externality costs such as environmental and social impacts, the costs of traffic congestion and damage to roads; 

26. Ensure airfares reflect their long-term environmental and social impacts; 

Affordable and accessible public transport

27. Encourage public transport and active transport including cycling and walking over private motor vehicle use; 

28. Increase funding for public transport and safety improvements in rural and regional New South Wales; 

29. Stop the sale of public transport infrastructure; 

30. Support the development of a long-term program of public investment in public transport and rail freight to improve existing services and extend new services to areas of need; 

31. Allocate public transport such as bus, rail, light rail, and ferry services to meet community needs; 

32. Provide late-night public transport services, utilising rail where feasible; 

33.  Promote and support cycling and walking to public transport facilities as convenient door-to-door travel; 

34. Replace private bus operations with publicly owned bus and light rail services; 

35. Maintain sufficient staff levels to ensure that public transport services are safe, user-friendly and efficient; 

36. Increase engineering and technical expertise in public transport agencies; 

37. Provide public transport information online, in print and by telephone in other languages as well as in English; 

38. Retain and extend concession ticket provisions, including periodicals, across all private providers of public transport services; 

39.  Integrate ticketing and fare systems so that travellers can make seamless journeys on all types of public transport;

 40. Develop efficient and attractive interchanges between different public transport types, by including secure bicycle storage, kiss-and-ride facilities and radio-alerted taxi connections; 

41. Ensure that all railway stations, bus stops, ferry wharves and light rail stops provide safety, adequate seating, shelter from sun and rain, bicycle storage, and timetable information; 

42. Accelerate programs such as Transport Access to provide lift or ramp access to all railway stations; 

43. Initiate a program for reinstating regional rail services where they have been discontinued; 

44. Develop seamless public transport links with all adjacent states and territories; 

Integrated planning

45. All development approval must consider public transport accessibility; 

46. End Public Private Partnership (PPPs) arrangements for transport projects; 

47. Apply ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles when planning transport infrastructure, for example through mitigating impacts on vegetation surrounding the infrastructure; 

48. Ensure integrated transport and land-use planning by vesting responsibility for this in a single agency; 

49. Amend Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to allow local councils to use developer contributions for local and regional public transport schemes 

50. Negotiate with the owners of existing privately owned tollways for a reduced toll for vehicles with three or more occupants during peak congestion periods; 

51. Require motorway tunnels and stacks to be filtered to world's best practice, strengthen compliance measures, and direct resources into ensuring this compliance; 

52. Oppose the construction of any new large jet airport within the Sydney basin airshed and support the commencement of a process to identify a potential site for the relocation of Kingsford Smith Airport to outside the Sydney basin, taking into account stringent environmental and social criteria;

Active transport

53. Prioritise pedestrian mobility and cycling in the community; 

54. Provide a safer environment that caters for a variety of cyclist needs and purposes; 

55. Provide access and free passage on public transport for bicycles; 

56. Develop a safe, secure network of on-road and off-road cycling and walking routes, bicycle parking and end-trip facilities, including the construction of physically separated cycleways where possible;

57. Develop a budget that mandates allocation of funds for active transport, including a minimum proportionate contribution from road projects;

58. Support the provision of city bike schemes; 

59. Redesign town centres where possible so they provide a welcoming and accessible environment for cyclists and pedestrians; 

Motorcycles

60. Reduce tollway fees for motorcycles (relative to cars); 

61. On city streets that already have kerbside parking spaces allocate the first and last parking spaces to motorcycles.

Definitions

Integrated transport refers to implementing the following principles of integration: 

  1. Functional and modal integration: Different modes of transport complementing each other and making travel easier, as well as ticketing and fare systems that allow for multi-modal journeys 
  2. Transport and land use planning integration: Simultaneous consideration of land use and transport planning to reduce demand for travel and promote public transport, walking and cycling. 
  3. Social integration: Involving all those who have a stake in transport to have their needs considered. 
  4. Holistic integration: Ensuring environmental, economic and social elements are integrated such that the whole system provides greater value than the sum of the parts. 

Sustainability refers to the practice of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles: 

  1. the precautionary principle –  if there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation. 
  2. inter-generational equity –  is about fairness between generations and that the present generation should ensure that the health, diversity and productivity of the environment are maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations. 
  3. intra-generational equity –  is about fairness among the current generation, concerns equity within and between people and nations, and is essential for achieving environmental justice. 
  4. conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity –  the conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity should be a fundamental consideration for the maintenance of healthy, productive and functioning ecosystems. 
  5. integration of environmental, economic and social aspects into decision-making – the three pillars of sustainability must support each other simultaneously. 
  6. improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms –  that environmental factors should be included in the valuation of assets and services. 

Active transport refers to modes of transport that involve physical activity and are not motorised, e.g. cycling and walking. 

Other related policies

Air Quality

Biofuels

Energy

Planning

Public Ownership