The Committee’s Transport Taskforce aims to foster a greater understanding of Melbourne’s transport challenges, identify priorities for action, and advocate for change. The Committee’s discussions focus on the need for the government to develop and publish a comprehensive integrated transport plan, which integrates transport, land use and economic development planning.
With Melbourne’s transport system groaning under the weight of a rapidly growing population, trade volumes, and increasing numbers of tourists, a business-as-usual approach will no longer cut it. Melbourne must adapt, and quickly.
Committee for Melbourne’s Transporting Melbourne report articulates the need for the Victorian Government to produce an integrated transparent plan, which incorporates transport, land-use, and economic development planning, to deliver an efficient and sustainable integrated transport system.
As Greater Melbourne recovers from the COVID-19 crisis, the need for an integrated transport plan is more relevant than ever. A transparent plan will not only overcome the transport challenges being faced by the city, it would provide certainty for the investment and development activity that is so essential for economic recovery.
The report highlights that there is a plethora of initiatives that could form part of a broader strategic plan for Greater Melbourne. Some initiatives that could be considered include:
- The development of a governance model that encourages strategic decision-making and which ensures a comprehensive plan has targets, timeframes, and accountabilities.
- The implementation of road-user pricing mechanisms, as well as commuter incentives, which encourage individuals to consider multi-modal transit usage at various times.
- The introduction of an evidence-based pipeline of key infrastructure projects that are prioritised, and that there are enough skilled professionals to deliver this pipeline of projects.
- The prioritisation of sustainable land-use which accommodates the needs of individuals and the freight sector.
- The creation of an urban environment which encourages urban densification, and the uptake of active transport.
- The ethical collection of accurate transport data, including mobile data, which is shared, and utilised in real time.
Watch the Transporting Melbourne event launch here
You can view the media release here
View ‘Working together for better transport’, Herald Sun, Saturday 25 July 2020 coverage here.
Automated & Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure
The Committee contributed to Infrastructure Victoria’s report on the infrastructure required to enable the implementation of automated and zero emission vehicles in Victoria. Our submission offers a brief, high level overview of some of the key themes which were raised by members during a workshop, which included economy, data, physical infrastructure, safety and land use.
Independent Body Formation: Infrastructure Victoria
The Committee welcomed the government’s release of the first Victorian Infrastructure Plan in response to Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy.
The Committee called for the establishment of an independent, accountable, and transparent body to develop a long-term infrastructure plan for the state.