The benefits of rail for public transport have shown to be highly productive in moving commuters to and from their work or other places. An efficient rail system can reduce road congestion decreasing the travel time for commuters and travelers. High speed trains (such as those in China) can also decrease travel times because they are simply faster that other forms of land transport.
The benefits also flow to the environment from the reduction in the use of more polluting transport modes/types.
Australia’s economy has benefited from the rail systems that it has developed. Rail as a transport mode has been best realised in Australia’s larger cities.
As Australia’s population has continued to grow Australia has capitalised on the use of rail systems as key public transport infrastructure. There are also a number of continuing and planned rail projects and options that are and will continue to increase the productivity and livability of Australia’s cities.