A key policy launched by the Queensland Greens heading into the November 25 state election is a plan for $1 bus fares to encourage people out of cars and onto public transport.
If the Greens were able to get the balance of power and make the policy a reality the public could catch a bus at any time for the cost of a dollar, with kids riding for free.
Logan Greens candidate Liam Jenkinson said the people of the electorate and Logan as a whole would benefit greatly if the policy was brought into law with the plan also including a restructure of zones.
“Public transport is a basic service, however in Queensland it can be too expensive for some families, slow and unreliable, especially in Logan as it can be quite expensive because of distance and we want Logan people to be more connected with their community,” he said.
The Greens candidate said the party would fund the policy through higher taxes on big miners and developers.
The Greens plan is fully costed and funded by our plans to make big mining and property development corporations pay their fair share,” he said.
“Costings are outlined in the Better Cheaper Public Transport Plan, this can be downloaded on our website.”
Mr Jenkinson said the current Labor government’s plan for Cross River rail would have positive flow on effects for other regions in south-east Queensland and that is why the Green supported the project.
“By supporting the Cross River Rail project It will mean more frequent and reliable trains, especially for people in the suburbs and for those in Logan who work in the Brisbane CBD,” he said.
“Travel time savings of up to 15 minutes for commuters travelling from Beenleigh to the southern CBD.
“More than 8,600 extra peak hour seats into the city on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines.”
Mr Jenkinson said the Greens are hopeful of winning enough seats at the election to potentially have the balance of power and added the party would be willing to work with any MP keen to make the public transport policy a reality.