ADELAIDE, AAP – South Australia’s peak business group has called for free public transport into Adelaide for a month to help support struggling CBD traders.
Business SA says making face masks compulsory on buses, trains and trams to help protect against COVID-19 may also encourage more people back onto public transport.
It says government figures show public transport use across metropolitan Adelaide is down 30 per cent on pre-virus levels, while city-bound use is down by 42 per cent.
“Declines in office occupancy, less workers in the city, less foot traffic and fewer international students have been a recipe for disaster for city businesses,” Business SA Chief Executive Martin Haese said.
“While vehicle traffic to the city is up 3.3 per cent, confidence in public transport is down, and there is no denying it”
Mr Haese said free transport and mask use would be two lost-cost options for the government to help struggling city businesses.