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Public transport in Australian capitals is generally a state/territory government responsibility, with occasional federal government funding for major infrastructure projects. This is sensible and works well.
South Australia and Tasmania ceded their regional passenger railways to the federal government in the 1970s but ended up with none surviving. Brisbane's urban network is a mess with two extensive but infrequent and duplicative rail and bus systems (managed by state and local government respectively) instead of a developed integrated network like Perth's. Then there's overseas experiences, such as the transit networks in some North American cities that stop at municipal limits even though settlement has since spread beyond.
Our local councils don't run mainstream public transport but what they do still has an impact. For example policies on suburban centres, parking, building densities, roads, cycling and walking can support or detract from public transport operation and patronage. While main roads are a state responsibility, local roads, including many traversed by buses, are a council function.
The wrong types of over-zealous traffic calming can restrict bus movements. A neglect of pedestrian access needs can stymie passenger access to stops. And it's important for bicycle paths and lanes to link with railway stations to support access by bike and provide alternatives to driving.
Another role for councils is political advocacy. State and federal governments have access to funds that local governments lack. Councils are vocal in advocating for road, rail and bus projects that benefit their area. Their transport strategies may have good things in them but state and sometimes federal government support is critical for many to happen.
Local governments discuss transport matters at groupings like the Metropolitan Transport Forum.
Councils typically have or are writing their own transport strategies. Of interest here is what they're advocating with regards to public transport. As I write some plans are in draft stage so you can have your say on them (if you're quick).
This is a list of Melbourne suburban councils and their known transport strategies as at September 2019. Advocacy campaigns are also noted.
Banyule Banyule Integrated Transport Plan 2015 - 2035 Complete
Bayside Integrated Transport Strategy 2018 - 2028 Complete
Brimbank Transport Priorities Paper 2018 Complete
Casey Integrated Transport Strategy 2017 Complete
Darebin Transport Strategy 2007 - 2027 Complete
Frankston Integrated Transport Strategy 2013 Complete
Greater Dandenong Greater Dandenong Integrated Transport Plan 2017 - 2022 Complete
Hobsons Bay Integrated Transport Plan 2017 - 2030 Complete
Hume Hume Integrated Land Use and Transport Strategy 2011 Complete
Kingston Integrated Transport Strategy Draft
Knox Knox Integrated Transport Plan 2015 Complete
Manningham Manningham Integrated Transport Strategy 2010 Complete
Maribyrnong Maribyrnong Integrated Transport Strategy 2012 Complete
Melbourne Transport Strategy to 2030 Draft
Melton Melton Integrated Transport Strategy 2015 Complete
Monash Monash Integrated Transport Strategy 2017 Complete
Moonee Valley Integrated Transport Plan Complete
Moreland Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy 2019 Complete
Mornington Peninsula Bus advocacy campaign
Nillumbik Major Activity Centres Sustainable Transport Study and Strategy 2010 Complete
Port Phillip Integrated Transport Strategy 2018 - 2028 Complete
Stonnington Advocacy statement for public transport 2018
Whitehorse Whitehorse Integrated Transport Strategy 2011 Complete
Whittlesea Integrated Transport Strategy 2014 Complete
Wyndham Integrated Transport Strategy 2016 Complete
Yarra Ranges ?
Have any been missed? Are any corrections required? Please leave any comments or updates below.
This item was written by Peter Parker http://www.melbourneontransit.blogspot.com
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