A new book by Monash University transport researcher Professor Graham Currie says many residents of outer suburbs are forced to use cars because of poor public transport.
As reported in The Herald Sun today, the research found that more than 20,000 of the poorest households in the city's outer suburbs are being forced to run two cars because of a lack of public transport.
The Monash University research found that households in Wyndham, Melton, Caroline Springs, Casey, Cardinia, Hume and Whittlesea were identified as the growth areas at greatest social risk from the lack of public transport. The lack of transport options on Melbourne's fringe is likely to worsen under plans to further the urban sprawl.
Meanwhile, The Age has reported that Melbourne’s population is set to swell to 5 million – pushing overstretched infrastructure beyond breaking point. The Age said ‘the population explosion will compound anxiety about urban congestion, housing affordability and water security, while adding to pressure on the State Government over how to manage it.’
Two cars too many - what can we do to make public transport work for more people?