The Public Transport Users Association has outlined the extent of this maze in a diagram showing the many agencies, quangos, private companies and safety bodies running the state’s public transport. — The Age
Read the full feature article at The Age: The Great Disconnect.
PS. Given part of the article was about how hard it is to find the right bus stop at Footscray, maybe it’s appropriate that the photo used was me looking grumpy in front of a number 404 bus. (Little geek joke there.)
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So if I’m unhappy with the lighting in the railway car park, which one of those bodies do I contact? It would be funny – except it’s no joke!
PS As I type this, your image appears on The Age homepage. Not sure if brown suits you, but maybe I’m just jealous that I’m not in the paper!
What a pity this very interesting article was published on a public holiday…
@Roger, talk to Metro.
@Rob, on the bright side, hopefully it means that those who came across it had more time to read it.
“Even though it was opened just six months ago, soon half of the (Footscray) bridge will be torn down and rebuilt to accommodate…”
Oh you have GOT to be kidding!
@Jagger, nup. From the looks of it, if the bridge had been built 2-3 metres longer, it would have been big enough to handle the extra platform and 2 tracks to be added, but no, nobody did the forward planning.
More detail: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/footbridge-car-parks-to-be-rebuilt-for-rail-link-20101011-16g0d.html
amazing … our household are currently re-watching Yes, Minister and it is astounding how accurate that show still is …
I’d like to think that the Footscray Bridge is one of the last projects dating from pre-VTP organisation methods, and that from now on projects will be better-integrated.
Incidentally, while they will have to remove parts of the footbridge, will they be able to re-use those parts? I.E. dig a hole, then use a crane to lift and drop the parts into the new positions?
As for the diagram of authorities, can you change it to represent the Greens’ plan – merge the Ombudsman,Yarra Trams, Metro, DoT, Victrack? and Metlink. And maybe one or two other groups?
You need to get yourself onto that diagram somewhere, Daniel.