One of Australia’s leading public transport minds has been appointed to chair the Palaszczuk Government’s new Public Transport Fares Advisory Panel.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with more than 20 years’ experience in major infrastructure projects and public transport, KPMG’s National Lead Partner Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Mr Paul Low would lead the independent panel and provide expert advice on transport fares, products and ticketing.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares Policy has slashed how much it costs to take public transport, saving Queenslanders more than $153 million and leading to a record 182 million trips last year,” Mr Bailey said.
“As we head for another record in patronage and invest more than $370 million for Australia’s first smart ticketing system, Paul Low and the panel will provide valuable and specialised knowledge to look at additional ways we can make the public transport experience even better.
“Our smart ticketing project will mean all Queenslanders will have access to innovative public transport technology, unlike the traditional GoCard, which is currently restricted in where it can be used.
“The Palaszczuk Government will deliver more than $23.1 billion in roads and transport infrastructure over the next four years, supporting more than 21,500 jobs, and I look forward to working with Paul and the panel to make the most of Queensland’s public transport.”
The remaining expert panel members are expected to be appointed within coming weeks ahead of the first meeting of next month.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey