[Immediate Release] Clean Air Network (CAN) welcomes the HKSAR Government’s announcement of the consolidated Public Transport Strategy Study (PTSS) report and various measures. However, the report fails to indicate the specific targets these measures trying to achieve.
A key question for the HKSAR Government – given the high usage rate of public transport in Hong Kong, being the highest among 27 global cities, why do we still see an uncontrolled growth of vehicular fleet (especially private vehicles)? Without tackling the unlimited growth of vehicular fleet, it is difficult to foresee how the many measures enlisted in this report could work and benefit the general public.
Due to the uncontrolled vehicle growth, the commuters and general public are suffering from traffic congestion, and consequently the loss of time, unsafe air quality and sacrifice of public health. At this stage, the Government has failed to convince the public how these problems, as identified by the Transport Advisory Committee in its 2014 report, will be addressed.
This indicates the necessity of a holistic comprehensive review on transport planning, which covers not only on role and function of public transport, but also on land use, infrastructure, use of individualized transportation (private vehicles), combining other commuting modes such as walking and cycling.
Therefore, CAN encourages the new administration of HKSAR Government to initiate such a holistic comprehensive review, with public health gain and air quality gain as key indicators in measuring the performance of transport policy.
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