Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber has accused the Victorian government of fudging the numbers to hide Melbourne's growing train overcrowding problem.
"They used averages of all the trains across the sample studied. Individual trains could have over 1100 passengers, well in excess of the 798 benchmark, but the average train is found not to be overcrowded."
"They only looked at overcrowding at city-edge stations, ignoring how far out the overcrowding extends, which leads to some people standing up as long as half an hour before they get a seat."
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Good on the greens for continuing to monitor this. Ted (alas he is no more) many would argue was promoted to Government on a platform of fixing the transport issues in Melbourne and around the state. Many now would argue the Liberal Government has failed on almost all counts and fronts but has still managed to announce a $9b road tunnel.
Overcrowding is a big problem on the network which can in my view only be further addressed with investment.