Transport experts say the next-generation of rail, buses and superfast transport will change the way we get around the country.
Key points:Transport experts say a “significant” increase in the number of journeys will be driven by the new trains and busesThe transport sector is in the middle of a massive overhaul, with more than $US2 trillion in spending in the pipeline for the next few decadesTransport has been the most resilient industry in Australia for a number of years.
In fact, according to a 2016 study, the country’s transport system had the highest number of accidents in the country, with the number tripling from 2,095 in 2013 to 5,636 in 2016.
It is estimated that about 70 per cent of all deaths in Australia happen on our roads.
And while a significant increase in travel is expected, it is not all doom and gloom.
A new report from the Transport Accident Research Centre, or TARC, shows there are some positives to the new era.
The report says the transport sector has the highest proportion of rail trips, with a total of 24.5 per cent.
The other major sector in the report is buses, which account for about 16 per cent, followed by superfast rail at 9.7 per cent and buses, and the freight sector at 4.5%.
The report suggests this is because, for the most part, most of the new infrastructure is being built to reduce vehicle traffic and congestion, with buses making up just 1.5% of the system.
The next-gen transport, which is being described as a “transport of the future”, will be built in a much more efficient and less complex way than the current rail network.
“The transition will be slow and incremental, but it will also be long and full,” the report says.
The TARC says it has analysed all of the research and statistics to establish the impact of the next transport system on the Australian economy.
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