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Transport in Melbourne is in crisis. Our trains, trams and buses are overcrowded, infrequent and unreliable, poorly maintained, leaving 75% of Melbournians forced to drive to work, sitting in traffic jams and paying huge amounts in tolls and parking. Experts keep telling us that more roads don’t reduce congestion; they create it. Instead of listening, the major parties are pushing through three new mega-roads (the East West Link, North East Link and West Gate Tunnel) that will force tens of thousands more cars into the city, spending billions of taxpayers’ dollars and lining the pockets of big tolling companies like Transurban.
Communities from across Melbourne and Victoria realized just saying no to these mega roads wasn’t going to fix the problem. So we’ve brought together community members, stakeholders, planning academics and workers to create a community powered transport plan that will work for everyone.
We’re proposing better public transport to get people to and from work, leaving the roads for those who need them, like tradies and emergency services. Getting trucks off our streets, so we can all breathe better and making things in Victoria, so that we create jobs at home.
That’s what the #GetOnBoard plan is. It’s the community coming together to demand a fairer, healthier, more connected Melbourne and Victoria.
To make sure we’ve got it right we’re undergoing an unprecedented community consultation process. We’re reaching out to tens of thousands of Victorians to make sure the plan works for them. We’re also reaching out to manufacturers, businesses, unions, councils and community groups to build the vision with us. If we’re going to make this happen, we need everybody on board!
This article first appeared on www.getonboard.org.au
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