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Election candidates urged to pledge to better transport

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) is asking all candidates in the Federal election to sign a pledge showing their support for faster, safer, better passenger and freight transport networks.

RTBU National Secretary Mark Diamond said voters would be able to see which candidates supported better transport by checking in to the campaign web page – www.rtbu.org.au/fastlane – over the course of the election campaign.

The pledge reads:

I pledge to support measures that lead to faster, safer and better passenger and freight transport networks across Australia, including:

•  Building more trains, trams and buses in Australia

•  Increasing Federal investment in public transport to provide Australians with better access to services and reduce our reliance on expensive imported petrol

•  Developing a long-term plan to grow jobs in the rail freight sector

•  Better integration of rail, road, sea and air transport

•  Ensuring people doing the same job have the same pay and same standards of workplace safety