State of Transport: Public forum

 

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
ABC 774 Presenter Jon Faine will host a State of Transport Public Forum on November 21, 2013. With just 12 months before the next State election, what is the state of transport in Melbourne?

The Liberal Party in opposition at the last state election was granted government by the people of Victoria arguably on a public transport reform agenda.   Since the election what promises have been delivered? The Napthine government are arguably yet to make any substantial improvements to the rail network despite winning seats along the Frankston Railway Line which has been deprived of much needed investment for a very long time.
State of Transport: Public forum


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Railpage will be covering this event in detail.

This event will assist in holding the current government to account on the many promises made prior to the last state election.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Can we use this forum to compile a list of transport spending promises from the incumbent Government and the status of those promises?



Regards
Brian
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
State has failed to deliver, Auditors-General
A scathing report on transport failures has been tabled in State Parliament by the Victorian Auditors-General Office (VAGO).The report says, “over many years, the state has failed to deliver the transport infrastructure and services needed to support rapidly growing communities. This is adversely impacting accessibility, and risks the future liveability of metropolitan Melbourne.
“Urgent action is required to address this serious problem. Inadequate public transport and growing gaps in the road network in these communities are creating barriers to mobility, including access to critical services, education and employment opportunities.”
The VAGO points specifically to growing needs and gaps in the growth areas of Melbourne:
“There have been some notable improvements to public transport and the road network in growth areas in recent years, supported by investment of around $2.5 billion. Examples include: rail extensions and new stations; bus route upgrades; road duplications and bypasses, and freeway upgrades. Nevertheless, most growth areas remain inadequately serviced compared to the rest of metropolitan Melbourne particularly with regard to:

  • geographic coverage—growth area residents, on average, have less than half as many public transport routes compared to other metropolitan residents and, almost one-quarter of growth area households are not within the state’s target of 95 per cent of households being within 400 metres of public transport.
  • frequency of services—growth area residents generally wait longer for bus services compared to the metropolitan Melbourne average.
  • directness of services—growth areas have less direct routes compared to the rest of metropolitan Melbourne, which contributes to comparatively longer journey times.”
[color=#21759b]Read the VAGO report[/color]
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
The alarming truth regarding the East West Tunnel Project is the backhole of funding its construction will cause. A project of this size will suck up years of public transport funding which could have alternatively been used to invest in your public transport networks.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
The alarming truth regarding the East West Tunnel Project is the backhole of funding its construction will cause. A project of this size will suck up years of public transport funding which could have alternatively been used to invest in your public transport networks.
JimYarin
Official state government policy in Victoria; you must have a car to live here.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
As a John Faine (774ABC Melbourne) fan for many years and a PT supporter for many decades, I'll definitely be there.

Mike.
  Simbera Train Controller

I'll be there, and am planning on livetweeting the event for those unable to attend.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I'll be there, and am planning on livetweeting the event for those unable to attend.
Simbera

I am looking forward to seeing the agenda in terms of speaking material.  There is a similiar event being held in the next 2 weeks in Footscray. I am also attending this event.

http://www.railpage.com.au/calendar/event/1122/  

Regards
Brian

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