27 August 2007

pt4me2 for drivers too

Two-thirds of Melbourne is only served by buses, the trains are full and so are the roads.

More investment in roads means more traffic and ultimately more congestion. Only more public transport can move more people and reduce traffic congestion at the same time.

What would make public transport more attractive for you? Price, frequency, safety or convenience? Share your ideas at pt4me2 ...

6 comments:

Citizen-journalist said...

Frequency is the big one for me.

As someone who doesn't use a car (but often takes her bike on the train) having services which depart more regularly is crucial, especially in the evenings. The Werribee line goes down to 30 minute frequncies at night and the trains (3 carriages) are often packed, even at 9 and 10 pm. It would be great to have 20 minute evening services and 6 carriages to ease the crush - especially travelling with a bike.

Emilie said...

I agree. Frequency is the most important thing for me too. In the rush hour, it would be great to have more trains to help carry more passagers. At night, it would be good to not have to wait a train for 30 minutes.

The "sunday saver" is a great thing but having train lines going to the great ocean road and to the major touristic places would help reducing the traffic on the week-end.

tragic_fool said...

Frequency and extensity are equally significant to me. There are so many areas of melbourne that aren't easily accessible. And when will they put in some decent transport links across the rail and tram lines. It is frustrating that I cannot get from Clifton Hill, my home, to North Melbourne without going into the city. It's only a 10 minute bike ride but can be more than half an hour on pt.

dolittle said...

How about an O-Bahn to Doncaster instead of rail line - like the one in northern Adelaide. It can follow the freeway and buses can get on and off at either end, with stations on the way.

Anonymous said...

There are simply a lack of trains/trams an train/tram lines. THe more roads being built the more cars that will be on the roads because there simply isn't an alternative for lots of Melbournians. Firstly, car parks at bus stations and train stations are always full, secondly trains are often cancelled or not on time and when travelling to and fro work people are packed into trains like sardines in a can and thirdly the train/tram infrastructure is not being built at the same pace as new housing developments etc. Most old suburbs don't have access to train/tram lines. THe state goverment gets a levy from developers of estates for infrastructure, why doesn't the state goverment start using that levy towards the public transport system. Buses currently fill some of the gaps but it also isn't adequate.

Anonymous said...

Melbourne needs a metro system for all short distance destinations. With Trains servicing the outer lying suburbs, thus only a few stations catered for as essential hubs, eg: North Melbourne, Footscray, Newport, Laverton. Thus enabling high speed service to these hubs. Improving the spoke services from these stations, such as busses running more frequently, will encourage people to use PT.