Good cities need great public transport, and people need choices in the ways they can get around. That is why RAC is pushing for increased funding for public transport in WA.

By 2050, when Perth and Peel are estimated to reach a population of 3.5 million people, the public transport system will need to carry three and a half times the number of commuters it did in 2011. However, there is a significant gap between the community’s growing appetite for public transport and the capacity of the existing funding approaches to deliver this infrastructure.

An RAC report released in late-2016 highlighted that 13 of Perth’s 34 strategic activity centres (important hubs for employment, retail and education activities, as well as residential development, which will support the evolution of a compact and connected city form) exhibit low accessibility by public transport.

Investment in public transport has been demonstrated to create jobs and business opportunities; as well as help manage the impacts of congestion. The associated near-station regeneration also has the potential to leave a legacy of economic sustainability.

As WA's population continues to grow, we’re talking to all levels of government to ensure that decisions are made to:

  • Provide viable transport options for everyone.
  • Invest in the expansion of public transport.
  • Plan for the future needs of all road users.

More information

RAC's Public Policy

RAC advocates for all Western Australians, whether they are a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian.

This document outlines what we stand for and our public policy positions to support better mobility for Western Australians.

The policies in this document are approved by the RAC Council.

RAC's Public Policy 2018-19

Other reports

RAC State Budget Submission 2019-2020 (PDF 1.25MB)

RAC Federal Priorities 2019 (PDF 1.32MB)

RAC response to Transport @ 3.5 million – Perth Transport Plan (PDF 1MB)

Transport accessibility of Perth’s activity centres (PDF 1.3MB)

Regional Transport Survey (PDF 612KB)

The role of public transport in delivering productivity outcomes (PDF 778KB)

Travel planning for new developments: Advice for local governments (PDF 795KB)

Employment self-sufficiency health check: Planning for Perth's congestion challenges (PDF 1.4MB)