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PERTH has been praised in a federal government report for managing to make rail an attractive alternative to roads.
Transport Minister Anthony Albanese released the Understanding Australia's Urban Railways report at a transport forum in Sydney today.
"The report showed that smart planning and design, coupled with infrastructure, could increase the use of public transport," Mr Albanese said.
"(The report) highlights the example of Perth where remarkable progress has been made to make rail an attractive alternative to car travel," he said.
"Fast, frequent services, good bus and car interchanges and station facilities have all helped to draw patrons to rail."
Meanwhile, the latest Australian infrastructure Statistics Yearbook, also released today, painted a picture of increasing private investment in public transport, Mr Albanese said.
"There's been a dramatic increase in private sector investment in infrastructure, from 28 per cent in infrastructure investment a decade ago up to 44 per cent today," Mr Albanese told the Australian Transport Summit.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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