2006 State election scorecard

Comparison of transport policies for the 2006 state election

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We have evaluated the transport policies of the major parties, based on their documented public announcements and information found in their web sites and literature.

This table will be updated as further policy announcements are made. Note: the issue column lists Meeting Our Transport Challenges (MOTC) initiatives that will happen in the next four years no matter who is elected. (The only major point that a party has specifically said would be rolled-back is the Liberal party cancelling Dandenong triplication.)

Amended 24/11/2006



Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Overall score

A good set of proposals that will solve many problems, only let down by a misguided attempt to move towards free public transport, which would deprive the system of valuable revenue.

A-
Vague promises to encourage public transport are completely undermined by a move to massive freeway expansion, which long-term will lead to increased pollution and congestion.

F
A good all-round package that would provide genuine solutions to Melbourne’s traffic and transport problems.

A
Few initiatives over the existing Meeting Our Transport Challenges released in May. Apparently no plans to bring usable public transport to the two-thirds of Melbourne that doesn’t currently have it. Meanwhile, serious consideration is being given to multi-billion dollar freeway projects.

D
Some significant broken promises from Labor to be implemented or brought forward. But let down by lack of specific plans to bring usable public transport to the rest of Melbourne, and by road expansion plans.

C+
Some promises that will be beneficial to regional voters.

C
Good plans to overhaul the way transport is administered, upgrade frequencies and extend the network. Only let down by misguided fare reform that would see a trip down Collins Street cost the same as Pakenham to Sunbury.

A-


…Full details below…

Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Public transport management

MOTC:

Establishment of Co-ordinator General of Infrastructure position
Central planning and timetable co-ordination via an efficient, accountable public agency

Planning and infrastructure department to provide coherence between land-use planning and transport

Abolition of VicRoads as a separate entity

Buy-back regional freight network

Don’t renew franchise agreements,
instead enact new arrangements to ensure public control.
Co-ordinate timetables across services Good

Establish lean, accountable agency to manage public transport Good

Return trains/trams to public ownership Good
Buy-back regional rail network from Pacific National Good
Buy-back regional rail network from Pacific National Good Buy-back regional rail network Good

Establish an integrated transport planning authority Good

 

Establish a lean accountable public agency to run public transport, while retaining private operators Good 

Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Metropolitan buses

MOTC:

Work commencing on Red, Green, Yellow orbital Smartbus routes

Upgrades 250 to local bus routes to seven-day-a-week (mostly hourly) services to 9pm

Commencement of Doncaster bus upgrade

Review of bus routes

DDA upgrades
All bus routes to run until at least 10pm, seven days a week

Restructure into a network of direct, frequent routes across Melbourne, with neighbourhood services filling the gaps

Bus priority over other traffic

Orbital and Smartbus rollout on 24 major routes

Upgrade existing Smartbuses to new Smartbus standards
Revamp bus network into two-tiered system with frequent main road routes and neighbourhood services Good

Link major centres with frequent buses Good

Upgrade service frequencies Good

Extend operating hours Good

Traffic priority for main routes Good

Switch bus fleet to biodiesel, ethanol, LPG or CNG Good

Improve frequency, speed, travel time, accessibility and operating hours, replacing convoluted routes with direct and desired routes Good



Redesign bus routes to run as fast direct links Good

Every neighbourhood to get a service running every 10 minutes peak, 30 minutes off-peak, 7 days a week to midnight Good
Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Metropolitan train operations

MOTC:

Major timetable revision in 2007

Metrol and communications upgrade

DDA upgrades

Station carpark expansion
Trains at least every 10 mins peak, 15 mins off-peak every day including evenings

More express running

Rail infrastructure and operations review to reform operations and identify genuine bottlenecks

Train control system upgrade

Review Alamein station locations

More secure bicycle parking
Upgrade service frequencies Good



Improve frequency, speed, travel time, accessibility and operating hours  Good

Adequate provision of secure bike facilities at stations Good

Operational changes to address perceived capacity constraints Good

Buy 6 additional trains Good

Upgrade stations at Ferntree Gully, Prahran Good

Multistory carpark at Syndal


Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Metropolitan rail network expansion

MOTC:

Commence construction of third track Caulfield to Springvale

City loop signalling upgrade

West Footscray to Sunshine third track

Sunshine to Watergardens signalling upgrade

North Melbourne station upgrade

Clifton Hill to Westgarth duplication

Laverton to Werribee signalling upgrade
Extend to South Morang

New lines to Rowville and Doncaster

Electrify to Sunbury and Baxter

Extra stations at Southland, Newport West, Derrimut Road and Forsyth Road (Werribee), Lyndhurst Park, Coolaroo, Campbellfield

Duplication of single track on Epping, Hurstbridge, Werribee lines

Cancel Dandenong line triplication in favour of more efficient operations, enhanced signalling and passing loops
New stations at West Newport and Southland Good

Upgrade tracks and signalling to allow more express trains Good

Build line to Rowville Good

Extend Epping line to South Morang Good

Build Doncaster line Good

Build Airport (via Broadmeadows) line Good
Extend Epping line to South Morang immediately Good Build new lines to Doncaster Hill, Rowville and extensions to Cranbourne East, Mernda, Aurora North and Wyndham Vale. Good

Duplication and electrification of railway line to Melton Good

Various new railway stations Good

Duplication of single track sections of metropolitan railway lines Good

Improved signalling Good
Upgrade Hurstbridge signalling Good

Build Coolaroo station Good — but costing a staggering $36 million
Extend to South Morang Good

Feasibility study on line to Rowville Good

Extend to Cranbourne East Good

Cancel Dandenong triplication in favour of passing loops and operational improvements Good

Extend to South Morang and Epping North Good

Build Doncaster line Good

Build Rowville line Good

Build stations at Southland, Lyndbrook, Point Cook, Pakenham Lakes, Campbellfield, Caroline Springs, Coolaroo and Newport West Good

Duplicate single track on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines Good

Duplicate and electrify to Melton Good

Duplicate Ferntree Gully to Belgrave
Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Metropolitan trams

MOTC:

Think Tram programme to continue, including St Kilda Road upgrade

DDA upgrades
Trams at least every 10 minutes, every day including evenings

Tram priority over other traffic

Tram conductors on all but the quietest routes

Tram extensions to East Malvern/Chadstone, Doncaster, East Keilor, Knox, Ashburton, 72 to Doncaster Road and Caulfield, Carnegie station
Upgrade service frequencies Good

Traffic priority Good

Extend tram lines to Knox, Chadstone, Doncaster, Glenroy, Caulfield and Bentleigh Good

Improve frequency, speed, travel time, accessibility and operating hours  Good

Traffic light and road space priority Good

Extend routes to meet nearby railway stations Good

Extensions to Knox, Chadstone and East Keilor Good

Extend to Knox Good

Extend to Doncaster Good

Buy 5 additional trams Good

Increase frequencies to at least every 15 minutes until midnight Good

Extend tram routes to local stations, and to Chadstone, Doncaster, Keilor and Knox Good

Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Late night services
Regular services until at least 2am nightly

Nightrider enhanced to shadow more train lines, and more frequent







Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Fares and ticketing

Myki smartcard system to rollout from 2007
Integrate Nightrider and Skybus fares into Metcard

More discounts on periodicals

Remove GST on fares

Reduce increment across fare boundaries, reducing cost of multizone trips
Four year moratorium on fare increase Good

Make concession fares available to international and interstate students  Good

Investigate feasibility of free public transport Bad
Single fare zone across Melbourne Bad

Incentives to encourage public transport use
Improved clarity, convenience and equity to encourage use of public transport Good
Abolish zone 3

Expand Met zones to cover city fringe areas

Cut V/Line fares by 20% Good

Make Metcards valid on Nightrider Good
Abolish zone 3

Free travel for fulltime students Bad
Halve V/Line fares Good

Abolish zone system Bad


Make weekend travel free for all Bad

Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Staffing and security

MOTC:

Some additional staff; 7 new Premium stations
Staff to sell tickets alongside machines

Re-staff stations from first to last train

Conductors on all but the quietest trams

Guards back on trains

Conductors back on trams Good
Staffing all stations and throughout system Good

Staff on 100% of late night train trips Good

Premium station staff to include more customer service Good

Upgrade lighting at stations Good

Upgrade Prahran station to premium Good


Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Regional trains

MOTC:

Mildura rail upgrade (freight only)
Restore passenger train services to Mildura, Leongatha, Horsham and Portland

Upgrade to frequencies to provide services every half-hour, 7 days-a-week to all destinations within two hours of Melbourne

Phased standardisation of regional rail network
Convert freight lines to dual-gauge when re-laying Good

Accelerate standardisation Good

Improve V/Line service frequencies Good

Upgrade signalling and track quality Good

Increased services between Melbourne and regional centres Good

Build new station at Grovedale Good
Upgrade and standardise rail lines Good

Restore train services to Mildura and Leongatha Good

Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National
Regional buses

MOTC:

Upgrade to services (no details)

Rural school bus upgrades
Upgrade main town bus services to at least Melbourne minimum standard levels (7 day a week until 9pm)

Upgrade regional coach services to comprehensive network linking with trains and providing regular service
to all towns of 500 people or more


Improving regional and rural services, ensuring connections with trains  Good


Allow school buses to take public passengers Good

Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Roads

MOTC:

Arterial road upgrades

Safer Roads programme

Some level crossing upgrades

Widening of Monash freeway

Deer Park bypass

Westgate bridge reversible lanes
Moratorium on all new freeways and freeway expansion

Phased removal of level crossings, starting with those affecting tram and frequent bus routes

Incentives and infrastructure measures (eg. dedicated
truck+bus lanes) to ensure heavy freight vehicles use freeways rather than residential streets

Competitive neutrality between road and
rail freight transport

Reward energy-efficient transport vehicle users Good
Complete ring road through green wedge Bad

Build Frankston bypass/freeway Bad

Feasibility for east-west tunnel Bad

Remove most dangerous level crossings Good


Abolish VicRoads Good

Moratorium on new freeways and tollways Good

Removing most dangerous and disruptive crossings Good

Removing car parking requirements from planning provisions Good

Prevent road construction in Yarra Valley Green Wedge at Heidelberg/Bulleen Good
Serious consideration being given to a multi-billion dollar freeway tunnel under Royal Park, that would do nothing to solve traffic congestion, would take away valuable parkland, and jeopardise future public transport to serve the north-eastern suburbs Bad

Expand clear ways, harming local amenity, and bring more induced traffic Bad
Frankston, Lilydale and Belgrave bypass/freeway Bad

May seek to lower CityLink tolls Bad – would encourage more traffic, thus boosting Transurban’s profit at significant expense to Victorian taxpayers and creating extra congestion and pollution

Level crossing eliminations at Blackburn, Ormond, Nunawading, Frankston and Bayswater Good

Upgrade regional level crossings at Warragul, Birregurra, Trawalla Good

Upgrades to numerous country roads

Abolish CBD parking levy Bad
Improvements for country roads

Upgrade country rail crossings Good
Improve street conditions for cycling and walking Good

Remove level crossing at Nunawading Good
Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Planning
20% by 2020 and 25% by 2025 target for public
transport mode share

Encourage sensitive development around railway stations

Public participation in all major planning decisions following Vancouver model

Require public transport provision for new housing developments when people start moving in

Single portfolio
for transport and land use planning on Perth model



Workplaces in centres well-served by public transport Good

Bring land use, transport and infrastructure planning into single integrated department Good

Incorporate social, environmental and economic factors into decision making and provide public reports on deliberations Good

Require local governments to develop integrated transport strategies Good

Reviewing Melbourne 2030 activity centres Good

Ensure public transport services integrated into new housing developments Good




Issue
PTUA position
Democrats Family First Greens Labor Liberal National People Power
Other

MOTC:

TravelSmart programme to continue

Some pedestrian upgrades

Transport interchange upgrades
Seek Federal government funding for urban and rural public transport projects

Seek removal of Federal tax incentives
that encourage car travel



Reduce tax on petrol, which would encourage greater use of this polluting non-renewable fuel and reduce funds for other government services  Bad 
Increase proportion of transport spending on public transport Good

Lobbying federal government to fund public transport Good

40km/h speed limits in shopping strips Good


10% tolerance for speeding could harm road safety, especially for cyclists and pedestrians Bad