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New Geelong rail services create need for better bus services

August 15th, 2014 (Election 2014, Geelong)

Public transport users welcomed the announcement by the Labor Party that it would introduce 20-minute off-peak rail services to Melbourne if elected in November.
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Premier responds to Open Letter

August 13th, 2014 (Election 2014)

The Premier has replied to our Open Letter. We thank Dr Napthine for his response, which as per his request you can read in full below — but feel we must comment on some of the points, which you will find below the letter.
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PTUA tours Regional Rail Link

August 4th, 2014 (Newsletters)

PTUA's Paul Westcott and Tony Morton with RRL's Corey HannettOn July 15 the Regional Rail Link (RRL) took a significant step towards completion when the new pair of tracks from Sunshine to Southern Cross was used for the first time by Ballarat and Bendigo trains.

Just before the new section opened, the PTUA’s Tony Morton, Daniel Bowen and Paul Westcott were given an escorted tour of the whole project by RRL Authority CEO, Corey Hannett. The huge scale of the undertaking was impressive and is difficult to sum up in a brief report. In most ways it is larger than the Melbourne Underground Loop project of the 1970s.

With a couple of exceptions, the RRL Authority has done an outstanding job of delivering the unfortunately flawed scheme that was handed to it. The work is certain to be finished about a year ahead of schedule, and the consequent savings have offset the cost of some notable improvements over what was originally proposed.
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Google Transit includes every state and territory except Victoria

August 1st, 2014 (News)

From Gladstone to Kalgoorlie, from Darwin to Hobart, and many other towns and cities across Australia, if you want to take a trip by public transport, you can use Google’s world-class mapping tools to help plan it. In fact Google Transit now covers public transport timetables for every state and territory in the country… except Victoria, including all the other capital cities.


This week Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder wrote in reply to Twitter user Tim Cooke, saying PTV is expecting to be able to provide Google Transit with data from early 2015. We’d love to believe it, but having heard the same promise many times before, we’re not holding our breath.

Second river crossing? There are already four!

July 26th, 2014 (Election 2014)

Second river crossing? There are already four!

More details on Melbourne’s many river crossings from the west

Open letter to Premier Napthine reminds Coalition of their promise to fix public transport not build East-West toll road

July 1st, 2014 (Election 2014, Media releases, Melbourne metro)

Crowded trainThe Public Transport Users Association today published an open letter to Premier Napthine in the Herald Sun reminding the Government of their promise to fix public transport rather than build the East-West toll road.

“With our public transport network falling apart, Victorians are shocked that the Government is prioritising this half-baked toll road project without a public business case rather than fix public transport as they promised,” Dr Tony Morton, President of the Public Transport Users Association, said.

The letter, signed by more than 200 Victorians including the Mayors of four local Councils demonstrates that the community opposition to this road is not only sophisticated by well resourced.

“Without an opportunity to vote on this project, Victorians are using other avenues to have their voices heard,” Dr Morton said. “People from across Victoria are getting active on this issue because everyone has so much to loose if this toll road gets built,” said Dr Morton.

“This project is being hastily brought forward despite recommendations that further planning is required and despite the fact that Victorians have not had a chance to vote on this project,” said Dr Morton. “Napthine might think it is OK to approve an $18 billion project despite plans not even being finalised, however, Victorians do not.”

“When it comes to the primary question of whether this toll road is the number one transport priority for Victoria – the answer is a resounding ‘No’,” Dr Morton said.
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Last chance for Victorian Government to honour its promises

June 4th, 2014 (Election 2014, Media releases)

The Napthine Government could boost its tenuous grip on power and regain the confidence of the Victorian public if it kept its 2010 election promises on transport – but time is running out, the Public Transport Users Association said today.

“Premier Napthine risks not winning a second term of government, whether an election is called now or in November,” said PTUA President Tony Morton. “But this is a situation of the government’s own making. It was the Premier and the government’s decision to trash its 2010 promises on public transport, the ones that won Victoria for the Coalition for the first time since 1996, and sink all its money into a foolish East West road project with a return of 80 cents in the dollar.”

“Were it not conscripting the public treasury to this $18 billion traffic factory, the Napthine Government could afford to go ahead with what it promised in 2010. It could build the lines to Doncaster and Rowville, assisted by Metro’s high-capacity signalling initiatives, build a proper station at Southland, and restore country rail links between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.”
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Neat, plausible and wrong: East West Link

June 3rd, 2014 (Election 2014, Melbourne metro)

The proposed freeway to remove the bottleneck created by the previous proposed freeway...PTUA President Tony Morton’s in-depth article on the history and folly of East West Link, originally published in Eco-Logica: World Transport Policy and Practice, is now available online on the YCAT web site.

The state of Victoria, Australia, has long been a site of tension between an incumbent and powerful road lobby and a community increasingly desirous of non-car transport alternatives. Today there is no greater signifier of this than the East West Link, a proposed 18km motorway in Melbourne estimated to cost $16 billion. The project is unprecedented both in the haste with which it is being pushed through the planning and pre-construction stages, and the apparent determination of the State Government not to seek any kind of public mandate for the project at a State election.

Click here to read the full article: Neat, plausible and wrong: Melbourne’s East West Link

PTV’s new proposed rail map

May 19th, 2014 (Newsletters)

As mentioned in our May member newsletter, PTV is seeking comments on this new design for the rail map. Click on the map to see it full size.

Leave a comment on our Facebook page – or you can send your feedback directly to PTV.

PTV proposed new rail map (May 2014)

Free transport forum: How do liveable cities stay liveable?

May 17th, 2014 (Events)

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  • Promoting public discussion about transport in Melbourne
  • WHEN: May 27, 2014 at 6pm – 7:30pm
  • WHERE: Melbourne Town Hall
  • RSVP here