The Public Transport Users Association has commended Melbourne’s new train operator, Metro Trains Melbourne, for its support of the PTUA’s ‘Every 10 Minutes to Everywhere’ campaign.
In a statement to The Age on 16 January, Metro Trains chief executive Andrew Lezala referred to the PTUA’s campaign to run trains, trams and buses every 10 minutes, and said “this was the correct approach”. “I like the tram network because the frequency is such that you do not need to understand the timetable.” The train network needed that frequency, he said.
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A seven-month travel time study has found no noticeable improvement in tram travel times from extended clearway hours on Sydney Road in Brunswick.
For some time, PTUA Secretary Tony Morton has been travelling to and from work with a stopwatch. His aim is to measure—carefully and scientifically—what it is that’s making Melbourne trams so slow. His stopwatch counts up the ‘dead time’ on tram journeys: the lost time when the tram isn’t actually picking up or dropping off passengers, yet is not moving.
Continue reading Study Casts Doubt On Extended Clearway Benefits
Public transport infrastructure announced for Melbourne in this year’s “nation building” Federal Budget may not deliver any real benefit to passengers – and the Brumby State Government is entirely to blame, says the PTUA.
“All indications are that when it comes to Victorian public transport, Wayne Swan will be ploughing all the available money into the metro rail tunnel,” said PTUA President Daniel Bowen. “But it’s a completely unnecessary project. We have already doubled the capacity of the city’s rail network: we did it in the 1970s, with the City Loop, yet everyone seems to have forgotten. All this new tunnel will do is soak up all the money that should be used to extend rail and bus services into our growing suburbs.”
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Melbourne’s train services would double, buses would run every 10 minutes on every arterial road, and more country rail lines would be restored. And this would only cost 40% of the government’s $38 billion transport plan, according to a new report released today by the PTUA.
The Connecting to the Future report is billed as the alternative to the Victorian Transport Plan. Its proposed package of improved public transport services and targeted road works includes rail extensions to Rowville, Doncaster, Mernda, Clyde, Mornington and the Airport, tram extensions, return of conductors to trams and staff to all stations, country train lines, level crossing removals, rural road and bridge repairs, and a massive boost to bus services.
Continue reading PTUA Advances Liveable Transport Plan Alternative
Yarra Campaign against the Tunnel (YCAT) and the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) have joined forces to score candidates in the forthcoming elections for the City of Yarra.
Candidates were asked to respond to survey questions on the Eddington Report and the proposed Victorian Transport Plan – which though not yet released will almost certainly preference roads over sustainable public transport and rail freight transport.
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The Public Transport Users Association has updated its scorecard for the 2008 Melbourne Lord Mayor election, following late responses received from the Robert King Crawford / Michael Kennedy team and the Shelley Roberts / Abdiaziz Farah team.
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Residents and businesses in the City of Melbourne will have a profound choice to make in this year’s Lord Mayoral election, the Public Transport Users Association said today.
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The PTUA has released a scorecard rating the various candidates on the major transport issues affecting the City. Candidates were surveyed for their positions on key issues including the Eddington road tunnel, tram priority, car parking and Swanston Street.
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Transport users have accused the State Government and private operators Connex and Yarra Trams of “gross mismanagement” over the purchase and disposal of rolling stock, and of “covering up” problems with the new trains and trams, that were common knowledge within the industry for up to four years. Continue reading Why did we buy lemons? Users demand explanation
The Public Transport Users Association has condemned the Transport and Liveability Statement “Meeting Our Transport Challenges” and has demanded the immediate resignation of Transport Minister Peter Batchelor, citing no confidence in his ability to deliver overdue public transport improvements and crucial management reforms to ensure timely and efficient delivery of services. Continue reading Transport Statement Botched by Batchelor
The government’s Transport and Liveability Statement, due next week, will be “just another dead duck” unless it includes a plan for structural reform, including an efficient public agency to manage public transport, the Public Transport Users Association said today. Continue reading Transport Statement Must Go Beyond Promises