24 January 2013

Read what you said about public transport two years after the Baillieu government was elected

Read what you said about public transport two years after the Baillieu government was elected. 

Nearly 1100 people responded to our survey about public transport. Read what they had to say about trains, buses and trams.

Half way through the Baillieu government’s term of office most respondents to our survey believe that public transport has not improved. Across the board, the most common response was that there was no change to overcrowding, frequency, amenity or overall services. While there were respondents that did report improvements, they were significantly outnumbered by those saying the service was somewhat worse or much worse.

We asked the respondents to nominate their best and worst decisions of the government regarding public transport, and to nominate the action that would attract their vote in the future.

The most frequently nominated best decisions included:
The shuttle bus between Monash and Huntingdale
Completing the South Morang line, South Morang train station
Increasing the frequency of trains on the Frankston line 
Increasing train frequency on some lines
Establishment of PTV 
The introduction of Protective Service Officers.

The most frequently nominated worst decisions included:
Myki and removal of day tickets
PSOs instead of more station staff
Advocating the East-West road tunnel over public transport
No comprehensive plan or commitment to public transport and cycling
“Failed to articulate any real vision and failed to take any decisive action”
Ignoring the needs of people living in outer suburbs - particularly for evening and weekend access  
Lack of new bus services
No decision on new rail lines, including Doncaster, Rowville and Tullamarine.

Among these responses, there is a strong perception that the government has not delivered on promises regarding public transport. Over 80% disagreed with the statement that the government had delivered on public transport promises.

There was a wide range of promises that respondents said would attract their vote in 2014. The following were the most frequently mentioned (in no particular order):
Rail link to the airport
Implementation of a program to grade separate all existing railway crossings
Improved coordination between services
Improved amenities on stations and surrounds
Much more frequent, cheaper services
More direct bus routes
Better parking facilities in train stations
Make all transport free for seniors as in UK and many places
Greater frequency of all public transport, all night trains and trams
Buses running later in the day and more frequently on weekends
Commitment to build new rail lines, including Doncaster, Monash Rowville and Tullamarine.

Among our respondents there is a strong sentiment that the current government has done little to improve public transport and has failed to live up to pre-election promises.

1 comment:

cracker said...

Grade separation should be a road project not a rail project, unless they get rid of the four crossings where trains cross tram tracks, particularly Burke Road and Glenferrie Road.
Improved frequency and extra trains are to be applauded, but trains were ordered by previous government, and most are used to provide for extended services on projects started by previous government.