Switching our cars and trucks to electric vehicles fails to address the broader social and environmental implications of car-centric cities.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are not the silver bullet transformation for our transport industry. The momentum for change in transport is building, and EVs might be part of the change. But simply championing a technical switch to EVs we will miss the greater opportunity of this problem. Focusing too strongly on EVs will lock in existing problems around congestion, health and the liveability of our cities.
Public transport goes beyond an issue of sustainability and environmental concern. It is a social justice issue. Without good public transport people struggle with getting jobs and getting where they need to go. Transport disadvantage describes difficulties with accessing transport. Transport poverty occurs when households are spending more money on transport than they can afford. 4% of all Australians report having difficulty getting to places they need to go. People most likely to experience transport poverty and disadvantage are: low-income people, the unemployed, beneficiaries, youth, women, the elderly, people with disabilities, outer-urban dwellers, and ethnic minorities.
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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?Read more
All aboard the brand new Melbourne Metro 2 train, leaving our new Fitzroy station!
Melbourne Metro 2 is still only a dream. But for a few hours on Sunday we brought it too life!
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.