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Statement Condemns Geelong to Transport Failure

The Public Transport Users Association today condemned the State Government’s Transport and Liveability Statement and demanded that the Transport Minister resign, citing no confidence in his ability to deliver overdue public transport upgrades.

Geelong Branch Convenor Tim Petersen said the release of the long-awaited statement showed that the Government had no plans to roll out useable public transport throughout Melbourne or Geelong. Continue reading Statement Condemns Geelong to Transport Failure

Expensive third track costs Hurstbridge line

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has slammed plans by the State Government to spend over $1 billion building a third track on the Dandenong train line – which will be at the expense of projects such as the Hurstbridge line upgrades, benefiting the entire north-eastern suburbs, and other projects in the upcoming “Transport and Liveability” statement. Continue reading Expensive third track costs Hurstbridge line

Statement set to disappoint

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) warns Manningham residents not to get their hopes up in the eagerly-anticipated ‘Transport and Liveability’ statement to be released in coming weeks. Given the State Government has been tight-lipped on revealing its intentions for Manningham: tram 48 along Doncaster Road from North Balwyn, heavy rail along the Eastern Freeway or upgrades to the overcrowded and strained bus network, all signs lead to very little being delivered where it is desperately required. Continue reading Statement set to disappoint

Expensive third track costs Altona duplication

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has slammed plans by the State Government to spend over $1 billion building a third track on the Dandenong train line — which will be at the expense of projects such as the Altona loop duplication, benefiting the entire Western suburbs, and other projects in the upcoming “Transport and Liveability” statement. Continue reading Expensive third track costs Altona duplication

Where’s the Doubling in Service?

WHERE’S THE DOUBLING IN SERVICE?
User group demands public control of public transport

The Public Transport Users Association has called for an efficient public agency to assume control of services and immediately double service levels, following the results of an analysis of privatisation by researchers at four Melbourne universities.

“The Auditor-General found last year that subsidies to the private operators have doubled since the last year of public ownership in 1999,” said PTUA secretary Tony Morton. “Now, the experts have done the sums and found that we’ve already spent $1.2 billion more to run a privatised system than to run a publicly-owned one. Yet all we passengers have seen for that extra $1.2 billion is more lateness, more cancellations and some new but substandard rolling stock. Why aren’t we getting double the level of services in 1999, given we’re paying double the subsidy?”

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It’s official: Traffic congestion caused by lack of public transport

IT’S OFFICIAL: TRAFFIC CONGESTION CAUSED BY LACK OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Alternatives essential for sustainable and liveable city

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has warned the Bracks government to heed the findings of a new draft report on congestion that recognises a lack of alternatives to driving is a major contributor to traffic congestion.

“This report shows that despite Melbourne having more roads and freeways per capita than comparable cities, traffic congestion is getting worse, because many people have no choice but to drive”, said PTUA president Daniel Bowen. “Any government that is serious about managing congestion must ensure there are viable alternatives to car use. This means investing in a frequent, full-time public transport network covering the entire city.”
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