Online campaign to sort out public transport mess

Think you know who runs public transport? The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has compiled an online quiz to test your knowledge, and it’s harder than you might think.

For instance, if you want to use a bike locker at a station, you talk to Metro Trains. But if you want to use a bike cage, Metro Trains can’t help you – you have to talk to Bicycle Victoria.

PTUA President Daniel Bowen said the new online campaign was hoping to highlight the fragmented nature of public transport management in Victoria, and how it needs to be reformed.

“Around a hundred different organisations are involved with running public transport”, said Mr Bowen. “No wonder the system is a mess – it’s a recipe for buck-passing.

“And nobody’s taking responsibility for such essentials as coordinating bus and train timetables.”

The PTUA believes that Melbourne would benefit markedly from a central Public Transport Authority (PTA) to take responsibility for:

  • planning for the future with genuine public participation;
  • integrating services – trains, trams & buses – into a seamless network for “go-anywhere” convenience right across Melbourne;
  • proactively fixing the root causes of delays, cancellations and over-crowding; and
  • providing a “one-stop-shop” for the public and other agencies.

“It’s time to stop the buckpassing, and untangle the incomprehensible mess that is our public transport management”, said Mr Bowen.

Mr Bowen said that as well as the online quiz, and an online form where web surfers can voice their concerns to their local Member of Parliament, the PTUA will be releasing YouTube videos highlighting public transport problems, in the lead-up to the election.