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Congested transport battleground

Transport Minister Dean Nalder has reacted strongly to claims that the government has been sitting on its hands, despite promising to launch a concerted assault on traffic congestion in the metropolitan area during this current four-year term.

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Clarkson
Be kind to transport ministers, Coalition and Labor Governments of both persuasion are caught between a rock and a hard place. We say we want an efficient public transport network but we don't want to pay for it. And if something IS done ( extending the railway) we still Prefer our cars because it is more "convenient" It costs money to build an efficient public transport network. If you want short waits and no sardine cans it costs A LOT of money that the people of Perth don't want to actually pay for. Let alone regional WA who don't get anything from it. To cap it off,the people who most need public transport, kids, the unemployed, low income families, the disabled - can't pay a lot. So the middle income will have to subsidise it. You know the people who can and will decide the next election. Upper income don't care - they will never use public transport - why do we see so many 6 litre V8 Jeeps on the freeway. Roads become the easy option. relatively cheap, the voters can see it being built and they get a direct benefit and, even with the congestion, if you don't work in the CBD, it's quicker and more comfortable than a bus or train. ( have you tried getting from the northern suburbs to Canning Vale by PT?) It all comes down to what we want. Lower fees and charges? More lanes on the freeway? More doctors and nurses? More police? Hospitals that work? Environmental efficiency? Public transport? We haven't enough money for everything but both side of politics keeps promising things that they know they won't ever deliver. Otherwise it would have been done by now. I think we (the public) have to be a little more tolerant and realistic about what can be done.

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