State Budget transport wrap
Big budget marks the halfway point in the state political cycle
The MTF December meeting welcomed an enthusiastic group of new councillors with an overview by MTF Executive Officer Jane Waldock about the transport elements last week’s big spending State Budget.
The narrative of the budget was major projects that will create jobs and stimulate the state. Big rail projects were allocated nearly $3 billion, $1.4 billion for locally made accessible trams and $1.6 billion in roads.
A concern for many in the room was the lack of extra funding for buses and cycling infrastructure – with buses receiving only an additional $4.2 million plus $20 million to extend the trial of e-buses. Cycling projects are apparently proceeding on slow gear but there is new money to boost cycling and walking around schools.
The meeting noted the importance of including active transport, bus improvements and support for transport choices in every new council’s 4-year plan. This is especially important because we are halfway through the State political cycle and are now counting down to the next state poll in 2022 and the two crucial budgets before then.
A concern for many in the room was the lack of extra funding for buses and cycling infrastructure
Councils & DTP
DTP and Council working together on Active Transport was the main topic of discussion at the May meeting.
IV SAYS GET ON BOARD
Get on board: Making the most of Melbourne's buses is a discussion paper
presented by Infrastructure Victoria's Peter Kartsidimas
MTF's February meeting heard two presentations from local planners who have looked at overseas examples of urban transport planning.
Congrats to speakers
Congratulations to the successful candidates and MPs who participated in one of our MTF Transport Forums before the election.
All FORUM VIDEOS
Eight MTF Transport Forums were held across Melbourne in July - October 2022
Better Buses in the West
Dr John Stone, Senior lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne spoke on Better Buses for Melbourne’s West at the MTF July meeting.
# Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport: Master Development Plan consultation and 3rd Runway Project
Four members of the DoT Active Transport Team discuss the learnings from the recent pop-up cycle lanes in Melbourne and suburbs.
THE Grattan Car Plan
The Grattan Car Plan: practical policies for cleaner transport and better cities.
Presented by Marion Terrill, 2 March 2022.
Moving Forward Together
Moving Forward Together: Advancing Safe, Inclusive and Resilient Streets. A presentation by Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, noted Canadian / Dutch cycling ambassadors.