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Achievable, Affordable, Essential Sustainable transport for Melbourne. Cr Janet Rice City of Maribyrnong Chair Metropolitan Transport Forum Vice President VLGA. Local government’s role The reality of climate change Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport

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Cr janet rice city of maribyrnong chair metropolitan transport forum vice president vlga

Achievable, Affordable, Essential Sustainable transport for Melbourne

Cr Janet Rice

City of Maribyrnong

Chair Metropolitan Transport Forum

Vice President VLGA


Cr janet rice city of maribyrnong chair metropolitan transport forum vice president vlga

  • Local government’s role

  • The reality of climate change

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport

  • Priority actions for Melbourne

  • So what does this mean about the need for new road infrastructure?


Local government s transport roles

Local government’s transport roles

  • Provider of transport infrastructure – roads, bike paths, footpaths, urban environments

  • Facilitator of sustainable and equitable transport

  • Land use planner – statutory and strategic

  • Parking provider, planner and regulator

  • advocate


Do we want

Do we want?

  • six metre rises in sea levels?

  • massive extinctions?

  • billions of deaths?

  • How about a 50-50 chance of keeping global temperatures below a 2°warming?

  • Then we need to reduce emissions globally by 60% by 2030.

  • This means reducing emissions in Australia by 80-90%.


Transport emissions

Transport emissions


How to reduce transport ghg emissions

How to reduce transport ghg emissions

  • ‘cleaner car-use’

  • Fewer and shorter trips

    • Physical changes

    • Reduced need to travel

  • reduced car-trips


Cleaner car use

Cleaner car use

  • Fuel efficiency has been constant over last 40 years - to decrease will require strict regulation and changes to industry policy

  • Fuel substitution – long timelines, and unlikely that any fuel will support current levels of travel


Fewer and shorter trips

Fewer and shorter trips

Physical changes to reduce car trips

  • Urban consolidation has potentialto reduce trip numbers and length

  • But it needs excellent public transport, between activity centres, and excellent walking and cycling facilities

  • However current densities are high enough to support economically viable public transport services

  • And changing densities is a long term project


Fewer and shorter trips cont

Fewer and shorter trips (cont)

Reduced need to travel

  • Important but long term

  • Starting from a low base


Many fewer car trips

Many fewer car trips

  • More trips by public transport

  • More trips by bicycles

  • More walking


Five priorities for melbourne

Five priorities for Melbourne

  • Co-ordinated policy approach

  • Modern urban public transport network and services

  • Management and governance of public transport so that the design and operation of the network is managed in an integrated, accountable and transparent way


Five priorities for melbourne cont

Five priorities for Melbourne (cont)

  • Urban development that is focussed and planned around sustainable transport modes

  • Freight movement systems that are based on long term sustainability


1 co ordinated policy approach

1 Co-ordinated policy approach

The kit bag


Cr janet rice city of maribyrnong chair metropolitan transport forum vice president vlga

2 Modern public transport network and services

  • Increased rail capacity

  • Rail extensions and new stations

  • Connection of activity centres with train, tram or bus with minimum 10 minute frequency

  • Upgraded suburban bus services and frequency – every 15 minutes, 7 days a week


Meeting our transport challenges

Meeting Our Transport Challenges

  • ‘The rail system remains the backbone of the PPTN because it is best suited to high volumes and peak demands for radial travel’

  • ‘Unconstrained growth in road travel is unsustainable and the provision of attractive and well patronised public transport alternatives is critical to Melbourne’s future liveability’


Cr janet rice city of maribyrnong chair metropolitan transport forum vice president vlga

anunlinked collection of low-frequency routes (a non-network)

The full network effect

Some high-frequency services


Cr janet rice city of maribyrnong chair metropolitan transport forum vice president vlga

3 Management and governance so that the design and operation of the network is managed in an integrated, accountable and transparent way

If it's good enough for VicRoads


4 urban development focussed and planned around sustainable transport modes

4. Urban development focussed and planned around sustainable transport modes


4 cont that means

4. (cont) That means:

  • Public transport improvements

  • Pedestrianisation

  • Improvements in cycling facilities

  • More room on roads for public transport, walking and cycling

  • Less parking and more expensive parking

  • Vibrant compact activity centres


5 freight movement systems based on long term sustainability

5. Freight movement systems based on long term sustainability

Instead of


So what does this mean about the need for major new road infrastructure

So what does this mean about the need for major new road infrastructure?


The good news

The good news

Average public transport mode share = 56%!!!


The potential good news

The potential good news

Average public transport mode share = 30%


Cr janet rice city of maribyrnong chair metropolitan transport forum vice president vlga

These are the trips we really are concerned about.Why not aim to increase the share of these trips on pt from 30% to 60%?


Make them competitive with car trips

Make them competitive with car trips.

  • Increase train frequency and speed

  • Increase tram speed

  • Increase cost of parking

  • Decrease availability of parking

  • Reduce other financial incentives to drive (eg company cars with free petrol and free parking)

  • Don’t make it easier to drive by building more roads!!


So what if we achieved a 60 public transport mode share for inner city trips

So what if we achieved a 60% public transport mode share for inner city trips?

  • Let’s assume the Western Transport Alliance calculated growth rate of 2.7%

  • It would take 17 years of this growth before the number of trips returned to today’s levels


On top of that

On top of that…

  • If 30% of port freight was on rail and the numbers of containers per truck journey was increased from 1.6 to 2.0….

    reduction in port truck numbers by 44%. This would account for all predicted port freight growth for at least 10 years


On top of that1

On top of that…

  • Growth in employment in Footscray, Werribee, and other Principal Activity Centres

    an estimated 14% drop in vehicle kilometres travelled

  • Higher vehicle occupancies if HOV lanes were introduced

  • More tele-commuting

  • Less travel as fuel prices continue to increase


Can we fix it yes we can

Can we fix it?Yes we can!


It comes down to leadership and political will

It comes down to leadership and political will


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