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A PLAN to reduce dependency on the car in Melbourne is failing, figures from last week's state budget reveal.
Despite the Brumby Government's stated desire to see Melburnians drive less, the budget shows that the proportion of trips taken on public transport is virtually static.
Only 8.6% of all motorised trips in Melbourne last year were by public transport — down 0.2% on the previous year.
Central to the State Government's Melbourne 2030 plan was an ambitious target of doubling trips on public transport by 2020.
When Melbourne 2030 was written in 2002, about 9% of trips were taken on public transport.
Sir Rod Eddington, in his report last month on Melbourne's transport needs, said there was little chance the plan's target would be achieved.
Last year there were an average 13.37 million trips a day in Melbourne, and 12 million of them were by car.
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