‘Hundreds of thousands of Sydneysiders will have to change their commuting habits over the coming weeks as the state government looks to impose strict controls on the public transport network that may result in traffic havoc on the roads.’Rabe (2020-05-16)
Transport experts have warned Sydney’s road network is unlikely to cope if everyone swaps their bus or train commute for a car.
“We are looking at basically ‘carmageddon’, where all the roads are full with the people that were on buses and trains [but are now] in cars,” University of Technology transport expert Mathew Hounsell said.
“You’re going to have the underlying problem that the road system cannot support all of the people that will need to come off public transport.”
He said as well as temporary bike lanes and a shake-up to some bus services, the best way the government could maintain some order on the roads would be to keep people working at home or commuting outside of peak hours.
“There will be roughly 800,000 people now needing to travel without using public transport, they can’t all go onto the roads,” Mr Hounsell said.
“We need to make some choices between what people are used to versus what will keep people safe in the long term.”Rabe (2020-05-16)
Citations: Rabe (2020-05-16)
Tom Rabe. 2020-05-16, “‘Carmageddon’: Thousands of Sydneysiders to be pushed off public transport” Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media Ltd – Nine Entertainment Co. Sydney, NSW, https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/carmageddon-thousands-of-sydneysiders-to-be-pushed-off-public-transport-20200515-p54tgi.html