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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
Tens of thousands of Melburnians will be telephoned at home and urged to adopt public transport as part of a new State Government effort to unblock the city's congested roads.
The $8 million direct marketing initiative, and new orbital bus routes that will ring the city linking transport and shopping hubs, are at the forefront of the Government's campaign to reduce traffic congestion by changing the attitudes of commuters.
"They (telephone marketers) will tell you where the bus stop is, when the train leaves, what the connections are. It might sound very basic but it is a real first step towards getting you to leave your car at home," Transport Minister Peter Batchelor told The Age.
Mr Batchelor also said that clogged roads were costing Victoria $3 billion a year in lost productivity. He expects the cost to triple over the next 20 years if action is not taken to reverse current trends.
Modelling by the Department of Infrastructure shows that in peak times, 640 kilometres of Melbourne's arterial road network is congested. Without action, the Government estimates that by 2021 congestion will have spread to more than 1300 kilometres of our roads
In other developments:
A leaked draft copy of the original bus plan is highly critical of Melbourne's bus network. It recommends that orbital bus routes be introduced, fleet size doubled and operating costs increased by $343 million a year.
A leaked copy of the draft tram plan proposes that there be no major extension of the tram network in the next 10 years.
Mr Batchelor ruled out several proposals including a rail link between Huntingdale and Rowville, tunnels linking the Eastern Freeway to the Tullamarine Freeway and Western Ring Road, and a tunnel under the Springvale Road-Whitehorse Road intersection.
The Metropolitan Transport Plan will include a third railway track on the Dandenong line and provide a feasibility study for a light-rail link between Doncaster and the CBD.
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