Thursday, February 25, 2010

smarter buses getting smarter

The Minister for Transport has just announced some improvements to the Wellington Road Smartbus route 900. The improvements will see the creation of a dedicated bus lane between Nantilla and Springvale Roads (opposite Monash University) approximately 600mtrs long as well as the extension of an existing bus queue jump lane at the Monash Freeway exit ramp to Brandon Park Drive.

It is good to see some improvements to the smart bus network in the East. It is a very well used route by the community in the East.

Whilst these improvements are welcomed more action is badly needed. One of the biggest problems with Route 900 is the lack of dedicated bus lane between Stud Road and the M1.

Our communities are crying out for better and increased services across all modes of public transport including a full and public feasibility study into Rowville Rail.

A heavy rail line to Rowville is a missing and an essential public transport link for Melbourne which will provide better transport options for students and teachers at Monash University, workers in the Scoresby Employment Precinct and the people of Rowville, Lysterfield, Yarra Ranges and everyone in between.

As Chair of the Eastern Transport Coalition I will continue to push Government to invest in real sustainable alternatives and a better transport system for our Eastern suburbs.

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