Queensland is on the cusp of exciting changes in our transport system, with significant opportunities within our grasp to harness emerging technologies and services to improve the use of existing roads and transport systems. New ways of transporting people and goods, such as electric vehicles, low and zero emmission vehicles, demand responsive transport, automated vehicles and drones will contribute to a safer, greener and more efficient future.
We need to respond to these changes now, to position Queensland to make the most from new technologies and services to reduce congestion, improve reliability and achieve emissions reduction. Our future direction depends on the choices that we make for transport today.
More people are choosing to call our state home, which is helping to grow our economy. It’s expected that Queensland's population will grow from 4.8 million in 2016 to 7.1 million by 2041. In South East Queensland, the population is predicted to grow by 56.2 per cent between 2016 and 2041, over twice the rate of the rest of Queensland. This growth will have significant impacts on our transport system.
In 2017, South East Queenslanders took about 550,000 public transport trips every day. This is anticipated to grow to about 1.6 million trips per day by 2050. As the proportion of older Queenslanders increases, there will be more urgency to ensure accessible services are available. Public and shared transport modes will play an increasingly important role, particularly demand responsive transport services and high frequency, high capacity links, such as Brisbane’s Cross River Rail, to provide the access to the jobs and services of tomorrow.
The Draft Queensland Transport Strategy provides a 30-year vision for the transformation of the state’s transport system that will have flexibility in responding to customer preferences, global trends and emerging technologies. It puts customers first and articulates our plan for maximising the benefits of future changes for all Queenslanders. It is aligned to the State Infrastructure Plan and Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities.
Through smart use of new technologies, we can provide a convenient, efficient and accessible transport system that meets the diverse needs of all Queenslanders. It will be seamless, integrated and anticipate – rather than just respond to – those needs.