Public transport growth in Melbourne:
Opportunities in the expiry of the Connex and Yarra Trams franchises?
When: 10.00 am Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3.30 pm. Thursday 23 August 2007.
Where: Auditorium, Bio21 Institute, 30 Flemington Road, Parkville
(between Royal Melbourne Hospital and Park Drive, Melways 2A K7) Click here for location map
Note: No parking is available on site. Take the 59 tram to Park Drive (Stop 15). Closest all day public parking is at University Square, the ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hospital in Flemington Road or the RMH car park off Royal Parade.
At the heart of the decisions about the future of the Connex and Yarra Trams franchises are vital questions about the public transport management in Melbourne:
- Is the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ20% by 2020Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ target really just an aspiration?
- Must we wait 10 years for even the most modest rail extensions?
- Why do our buses and trains still not connect?
International experience suggests new answers to these questions. We could meet the challenges of climate change and rising petrol prices with strong and sustained public transport growth.
A world leader in public transport planning, Dr Gustav Nielsen, will speak on the vital importance of network planning in achieving public transport growth. His contribution will set the scene for a debate, moderated by the ABCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jon Faine.
The debate will ask what opportunities might be found to accelerate growth in public transport in Melbourne following the expiry of the current agreements with Connex and Yarra Trams.
The participants in the debate Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Paul Mees, Richard Allsop and John Stanley Ã¢â‚¬â€œ are well-known and influential figures in Melbourne transport planning circles.
Cost: $30 (or $15 conc.: includes lunch)
More information: phone Kristen Sharp 8344 7475, or John Stone 8344 6453.