Left: Victoria. It’s part of the plan.
This is the plan. If you don’t like it, tough, you’ll get what you’re given.
Right: Vancouver, Canada. Be part of the plan.
What do you think? Have your say. Tell us what you want.
Something which I’m hoping the Coalition’s Public Transport Development Authority will resolve is the culture of secrecy that surrounds decision-making in transport. While they do take submissions on some topics, the process that considers them isn’t transparent. The Department of Transport will come out with plans that sometimes make sense, sometimes don’t, but often it will be very difficult to find out why they’ve come to a particular conclusion. It took a lot of digging, for instance, to find out why on earth the South Morang rail extension would cost $562 million for just 3.5 kilometres.
Perhaps the worst case was the now infamous case of the Regional Rail Link plans, which were announced in public to the media and invited guests before the people whose houses would be demolished for it were informed.
In contrast Vancouver’s Translink (which actually manages all forms of transport in Vancouver, not just public transport) actively engages with the public, and even has a public Annual General Meeting where people can come along and ask board members questions — and judging from that post, get meaningful answers.
Now that really would be refreshing.