(Updated Sunday, and Monday)
The Age has launched a major series of articles about the public transport system. Well worth reading. I (and the PTUA) don’t necessarily totally agree with the myriad of points of view expressed, but it’s good to see this debate getting the attention it deserves, which will hopefully convince the government to do something.
While a third of Melbourne has usable (but crowded and slow) public transport, two-thirds do not, so it’s no wonder they’re not using it. The government claim to have already spent up big on improving the system, but market share isn’t moving markedly, so it’s obviously been mis-spent.
- The Age, Saturday:
- ABC Radio Saturday: Government defends public transport system
- The Age, Sunday
- The Age, Monday
- The Age breaking news, Monday
- ABC Radio, Monday: Minister backs push for Melbourne public transport boost
- The Age, Tuesday
- Herald-Sun, Tuesday: (Passing) Loop use off-track, expert says
- The Age, Wednesday
The story has also had TV (channels 2, 7 and 9 on Saturday; channel 10 on Monday) and radio coverage.
I know there’s plenty of people out there who want to see an improvement. Now is the time to make some noise. Approach your local MP; write a letter to the local or metro papers. Get in there now while it’s topical.