Transport for New South Wales has announced that the government of the Australian state has produced a budget of $14.4 billion to improve public transport services in 2018–19. Services on the Sydney Metro Northwest are scheduled to start in 2019, but Andrew Constance, the government’s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, has revealed several other projects which will receive funding.
The budget covers multiple modes of public transport, but most of these projects are the expansion and upgrade of rail services:
Mr Constance also announced that $880 million would be spent on:
“a rail tech revolution to replace legacy signalling and train control with modern, intelligent systems. These funds will also be used to plan for the initial stages of capacity improvements for the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra and T8 Airport and South lines that will boost frequency on these critical suburban rail lines.”
The government has further allocated $179 million of the budget to purchase new busses for the state’s services. There is also $87 million for Community Transport and Home and Community Care services and $41.2 billion to provide concessions on public transport for pensioners, people with disabilities and school students. Mr. Constance also confirmed an unspecified amount of funding to support the planning of additional commuter car parking.
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