2016 Sessions

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Rail-led Regional Growth

Session Details 

  • Host: Tony Smith (email - ts@meme.com.au)
  • Organisation: Kororoit Institute. 
  • Session: 3 
  • Location: Portico Room

Session Notes:

Time tabling is about getting people from regional areas to the city. The return trips are not catered to much. Rail isn't seen by melbourninans as a means of getting in the train and travelling to regional locations. A basic footprint and layout is planned that's not compatible with the population boom that's impending. 

Basic infrastructure isn't been stretched.

Buses are cheap to deploy but miss diverse needs

Rails discourage a sense of mobility within the mode; difficult to access than buses

Train lines where withdrawn over time; a sense of certainty to passengers was removed

Its important to people to know the services available; rail lines are a bit more legible to the passengers than bus. 

Disincentive that older people are not able to make better decisions in transit due to the lack of rail inaccessibility;

Written in to the policy is to push the regions and accommodate rail to provide accessibility to all demographics.

Support regional communities to become exposed to the Melbourne centric transit trends.

 In order to get the people to go to the regional areas, there needs a stable provision or in terms of income. Students choose their study locations depending on the proximity to the institution. 

What transport infrastructure needs to be provided to ensue the rail accessibility to regional areas and discourage car dependency?

Create ppt infrastructures within the communities to ensure the far access areas need not be car dependent.  Geelong has got a few rail lines that need to rebuilt. A concept akin to be dingo metro would suit Geelong better. European cities are familiar with enabling pt systems that serve within communities. Moving away from cars is the need of the hour.

A strong governance influence in the highway lobby. Analyse why Melbourne community is not ready to give up cars. 

Australian cities have a long way to go when it comes to addressing the growth in population and consequent changes required in trips. 

If Melbourne can be rebuilt to the expected concentration of population, can better accessibility and distribution of trips be witnessed?

How can we shift away from the nuances of implementing a population inclusive public transport design?