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Levy drives transport future



Increasing travel choice and reducing the reliance on the private car are the keys to achieving a more sustainable transport network, according to the 2014/15 Transport Levy Annual Report endorsed today by Sunshine Coast Council.

Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said this inaugural public annual report is an opportunity to provide our community with additional detail about the Transport Levy program and achievements made possible through the $20 levied per rateable property.
“In particular, improvements to the Sunshine Coast’s strategic transport network and programs to support local users were major achievements over the past 12 months,” Cr Baberowski said.

“As we focus on becoming Australia’s most sustainable region, the spotlight is on the region’s current, emerging and long-term transport needs.

“Our challenge is to focus on strategic transport network improvements to the Sunshine Coast while still concentrating on public transport improvements.

“This report shows how the 2014/15 Transport Levy program is working toward the goals identified in Council’s Sustainable Transport Strategy 2011-2031.

“We are seeking long-term outcomes that deliver more than just new ways to move people around,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Council is seeking solutions that also contribute to increased economic activity, cater for growth and help us become a well-connected community of communities.

“We are creating a legacy for the future and want to be sure to get it right.

“The Transport Levy is an important component to help secure the Coast’s transport future,” Cr Baberowski said.

Transport Levy achievements in 2014/15 include:

· First region to rollout TransLink’s Real Time Information system to bus services
· More than $100,000 contributed to the Hinterland Connect bus service trial, which is now progressing to a permanent State Government funded bus service
· Distribution of 20,000 copies of the new and improved Public Transport Guide
· Installation of 36 taxi rank identification signs
· More than $600,000 spent upgrading 27 bus stops across the Sunshine Coast
· 8535 passenger trips on Council Link services
· 4885 passenger trips on Flexilink Services
· $300,000 towards feasibility investigations for Light Rail

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