What about bike riders, especially on Sundays?
What is being done about the difficulty in taking bicycles on replacement train buses? I was stranded a few weekends ago when trains were replaced with buses and I have travelled to the city with my bike.
Also, why are the train services on Sundays and Public holidays so late starting in the mornings in comparison to Saturdays? The first service on Sunday morning from my local station, Middle Brighton, is not until 7.40am where as on Saturday it is at 5.08am. And usually there are quite a number of people waiting at the station for the arrival of the first train.
Parking at stations
There should be more parking stations for those using trains. I am sure that residents who live in the vicinity of railway stations along with commuters who use trains would appreciate having adequate parking at railway stations. A two part public transport journey is not very practical time wise.
If there were adequate parking stations commuters could park at a station and catch even the most crowded express train to their destination.
Jill and Joy
How long must we wait for Doncaster rail?
We have been rallying for the Doncaster Rail System for some time now and still there is no update.
We have been living in Bulleen for over 5 years. We work in the city and take the bus/drive but there is just too much traffic on the roads. This is both stressful, time consuming (it takes forever) and isolating. There are times when we wish that we had a rail system in our area and we could just hop onto the train and reduce our travel time and carbon footprint. Also the area is quite isolated as family and friends find it difficult to visit us without a rail system.
Bulleen was promised a tram line in the 60's/70's. It never happened! Bulleen/Doncaster/Templestowe is no longer the small business owner capital of Melbourne. The demographic is ever changing and we are reliant on public transport. It is about time that a rail system was delivered as promised to improve our area. Otherwise, i find it difficult to imagine that this would be an area that families would want to live in long term.
Please note that Oakleigh is further from the city than Bulleen and it is only a 25 minute train ride into the city. In comparison Bulleen takes double the time by bus ride and is closer to the city.
Enough is enough and we are exhausted and i would like to see a Doncaster Rail System in my lifetime.
What about post-grads?
Great work on the website - great work on the surveys.
One thing I'd love to see added to the agenda is to allow access to
concession public transport fares for full-time post-graduate students.
Postgraduate students in other states already receive access to
concession transport. Victoria is the only state that refuses to foster
the growth of educated and talented members of its society. Not only
are we denied any form of income support (Austudy, Rent Assistance) but
we are also denied concession transport.
It's any wonder that there is a post-graduate sector in Victoria at all!
Thanks for listening.
I should really send this to my local parliamentary rep.
Good idea: lost but not forgotten
About 7 years ago a Bentleigh resident took up a petition for a direct bus service between Bentleigh/McKinnon and Southland. There were 300 signatures on the petition which was sent to Glen Eira Council and never heard of again. Last year I attended a meeting with local member Rob Hudson and several local residents regarding this proposal. We have heard nothing. I have contacted two local bus companies and they are extremely interested in running this bus service. We also contacted the local Glen Eira Council, met with a councillor, Jamie Hyams, who said that he couldn't understand why there wasn't this particular bus service. Local residents who don't drive (and there are many) and who don't live near a train station are completely stuck. A public transport "workshop" was held in Moorabbin and ironically, because there was no bus service to Southland, none of us could attend. Every visitor I have comments that they never see buses running in the area. There is something terribly wrong when people's basic needs are ignored.