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On-Demand Public Transport

South Australia has one of the lowest public transport patronage rates in Australia.

In the city of Mount Gambier, the bus service is operating on a 30-year-old model and has not been updated in accordance with new housing estates, major employers or tourism assets.

Bus SA, the peak industry body representing bus and coach services in South Australia, has recommended regional accessibility committees be established in several regions, including Mount Gambier, in their Moving People 2025 Agenda.

On-demand and ridesharing services are replacing older public transport systems in major cities across the world, giving passengers the ability to track in real time and also, order to a point close to their location.

A review of the city's existing bus services is required to ensure any public transport services can adapt and meet the needs of a growing community.

I've spoken on this matter several times in State Parliament - read my 2020 motion on public transport here and my question to the Minister for Transport about the selection of on-demand public transport trial sites.

This initiative is outlined in my Future Mount Gambier plan. Do you have ideas around advancing this initiative? Contact mtgambier@parliament.sa.gov.au