Marking the end of year one

What a first year of transport campaign here at the Friends of the Earth (FOE) family. Nothing could have been achieved without the generous support of the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA).

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Victorian State Election 2018: Transport Policy Scorecard

Victoria’s 2018 state election has seen congestion as a top issue. So how do the parties transport commitments stack up?

Melbourne is seeing huge population growth straining a city built for many less. The current Labor state government won in 2014 on the back of scrapping a megaroad and some sorely-needed public transport projects. Over the past 4 years, the government has set the ball rolling with important public transport initiatives. But we've also see them switch gears to kick off some of the biggest dirtiest mega roads in our states history.

What will happen for the next 4 years based on what we’ve heard so far?

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Melbourne Metro 2: Fitzroy station community launch

All aboard the brand new Melbourne Metro 2 train, leaving our new Fitzroy station!

We want to make sure our major political parties are on board as well. Sign here to welcome our pollies on board today!

Melbourne Metro 2 is still only a dream. But for a few hours on Sunday we brought it too life!

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Asking pollies the tough questions!

Today we sent the big five players for the Victorian state election a big letter asking them the tough question on their big vision for transport in Melbourne!

In the coming weeks we look forward to hearing back from Victorian Labor, the Victorian Liberals, the Victorian Greens, Fiona Patten's Reason Party and the Victorian Socialists.

We're gonna turn their responses into a scorecard for the state election for everyone to share with their family and friends! 

You can read a copy of our letter here.

All the questions are adapted from our #GetOnBoardVic plan. Find out more and sign on here: www.getonboard.org.au

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Trains for the 'burbs!

Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a game-changing rail plan for Melbourne's suburbs, linking all major rail lines via an underground loop. We are excited to see big plans for ramping up investment in transport.

We got straight down to Parliament to celebrate this announcement. Help us do more rapid response actions this election year by chipping in here!

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Too many reasons for Melbourne Metro 2!

Melbourne Metro 2 (MM2) is the vital next addition to Melbourne’s 21st century rail network and integrated public transport system. It’s a tunnel between Newport and Clifton Hill via Fishermans Bend, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Parkville and Fitzroy connecting to existing services.

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Where do you need to go?

Get On Board is heading to new places!

Over the next few weeks, the Sustainable Cities Campaign members will be revamping the Get On Board website, and we want your input.

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Where is the tunnel?

Transurban’s $6.7 billion mega-toll road proposal for Melbourne.

What is it?

The West Gate Tunnel began as the Western Distributor proposal to get noisy, poisonous trucks off the residential streets of the inner West. Transurban’s proposal has morphed it into a mega plan to lock the West into a car dependent future.

It consists of an expanded 12-lane West Gate Freeway toll way, short tunnel, 3 giant bridges across the Maribyrnong River, then an 18-lane double-decker Footscray Road leading to spaghetti interchanges and flyovers in the city and West Melbourne.

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North East Link Monster

What is it?

The North-East Link is a proposed 26km road project connecting the Metropolitan Ring Road in Greensborough with the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen, along with upgrades from Hoddle Street to Springvale Road, including widening lanes and dedicated bus lanes.

Construction is set to begin in 2019/2020 with estimated completion in 2027. It is estimated to cost between $10-$16Bn, making it the most expensive Victorian road project in history.

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Why am I stuck in traffic on the Eastern Freeway?

Have you heard the Eastern Freeway has some of the worst travel times in Melbourne? A key reason is there are currently zero rail or tram services to or through this part of town. The surrounding suburbs bus services is patchy at best. Complaints about services are increasing while patronage drops. Instead, everyone has to jumps in their cars and onto the freeway.

Building new roads does little if nothing to solve traffic congestion. The North East Link is going to add 95,000 cars a day to the already choked freeway. I live up here in Doncaster and this mega road plan scare me.

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