Well, there’s one bloke I shouldn’t expect a Christmas card from this year…
Maybe that came over as being a bit harsh, but it was an attempt to subvert what was essentially a fluffy publicity piece and provide a view of how well his ministry is actually performing.
Most people, including those who don’t use it, appreciate the advantages that public transport brings to our city. And while there have been some improvements in recent years, we’re playing catch-up.
It’s a little like walking up a down escalator. We’re moving at walking pace, but we really need to be moving faster to get anywhere, especially (to stretch the analogy further) when someone at the top of the escalator (the same government in fact) is pressing buttons to make it accelerate, by way of funding so much road network expansion.
Figures show that PT’s market share of travel isn’t really growing (sitting on about 9%, up only one point in the last four years), and certainly getting nowhere near doubling as the government claims to be aiming for with their 20/2020 target. And market share won’t grow substantially while so many people don’t have usable public transport.
As Graham Currie said yesterday in The Age’s liveability survey “People keep asking me why Melburnians don’t use public transport and I say, ‘because they haven’t got any’. Two-thirds of Melburnians don’t live near a train or tram, they only live near a bus.”
And we know how woeful the buses are. Until there’s a usable network covering the entire city, we’ll continue to be moving, but not getting very far.