Local government is right behind better funding for public transport in the Victorian budget said Metropolitan Transport Forum Chair Cr Jackie Fristacky.
‘The $10.4 M for design work on the Epping rail extension to South Morang is long awaited good news,’ she said. ‘this should go to the end of the old line to Whittlesea’.
Other good news was the funding for track capacity improvements at Laverton and Westall stations.
But Cr Fristacky said dealing with climate change and greenhouse gas emissions was only token in the budget.
‘Road based transport is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. To meet greenhouse targets we need to get more freight off roads and much more substantial investment in public transport.
‘Where is the level of public transport funding that will reduce congestion, provide better services and cut greenhouse emissions?’
‘The extra $700 million for public transport is welcome but grossly inadequate when compared to the $8 B in rail projects identified in the Eddington Report.
‘Despite over $1B funding to alleviate social disadvantage, the State Government has not grasped the crucial role of public transport in giving more people affordable access to jobs and services.
‘Low income families in growth areas are being forced into multiple car ownership because of the failure of the government to adequately fund and expand public transport to keep pace with Melbourne’s growth.’