Professor advocates CBD toll

Retiring University of Western Australia transport Professor John Taplin has advocated the introduction of a congestion tax in the CBD as one way to reduce traffic problems and make public transport more attractive.


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I wonder whether the professor has ever crammed onto a 7.30am train from Maylands to Perth. The experience is simply gross. You don't need such a big stick if you carrot is edible.

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A viable alternative is motorcycle and scooter - we have a climate for it. If only the City of Perth could look at motorbike and scooter parking at reasonable rates to encourage this.

Such a tax exists in London, where I think it is quite appropriate. However Perth is a sparsely populated and spread out city in comparison. I understand that the freeways can be quite conjested at peak hour, but the actual inner city traffic is manageable. I live in the CBD so am removed from the hassles of driving to work, but hardly find crossing the road a danger. Perth citizens (and Australians in general) are heavily reliant on their cars. The state of public transport may have something to do with it, but our cultural preference to drive is based more on the sheer size of our cities. Everyone wants a big house out in the suburbs. The alternative of something equivalent to a European "Tube" system (London, Paris, Munich etc) would just not be viable except in the centre of our cities.

Typical Professor...! A good way to kill off the nascent CBD.

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