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By Amruta Purohit and Kathryn Cuddihy
Transport projects shape the future urban form of cities. The Victorian Government recently allocated $2.4 billion in the 2015-16 Budget to remove 50 of the most dangerous level crossings from the Melbourne network. While the primary aim of any transport project should be the focus on creating benefits for all community members, does this current series of projects go far enough?
By Sean Hua
Car drivers are apparently significantly more stressed on their commute than those that use other means of transport, as observed in this study in Montreal. Having to budget more time for their commute and the unpleasantness of the journey contributed to unhappy commuters. Have drivers have been conditioned to believe driving is the best way to get to work, and more importantly, do they have no other choice but to get to work by car? Would commuting drivers switch to public transport if they had better access to it?
As Victorians go to the polls this weekend, one of the differences between the two major parties is in how they intend to deal with a major headache for Melbourne motorists and indeed the productivity of the city – the curse of the level crossing.
Transport plays a significant role in shaping the future of cities. The Age recently reported the backlogs in Melbourne’s Transport project and identified the gaps between the planning stage and estimated implementation stage of our transport infrastructure projects.