COMMUTERS are invited to speak up and share their ideas about Melbourne’s public transport network and how it could be improved by joining in the Eastern Transport Coalition’s Commuters Count video challenge launched yesterday.
The competition, which will run until September 24, invites commuters to make a short video, up to 2 minutes long, and post it on the Commuters Count Facebook page.
The best film will receive a year’s worth of public transport valued at $2,200, plus the winner of the people’s choice award (the video with the most likes) will receive a $500 JB HI-FI voucher.
ETC Chairperson, Cr Peter Lockwood said the group wanted the hear people’s ideas, delivered with some creativity, about those parts of the network that were good, bad and the improvements that people wanted to see.
“Commuters who use trams, trains and buses have a pretty good idea of what is needed to improve the system,” Cr Lockwood said.
“In the lead up to the November State Election, the ETC wants to ensure that our politicians get to hear the issues first hand from the people that live with the system every day. That’s why we are running a video challenge.
“Maybe you want a new train line, or you want your bus to meet the train. Maybe there are issues with accessing the bus stop near you, which could range from lack of footpaths to crossing several busy traffic lanes to get to the other side of the road. Whatever it is we want to know.”
Voters can also be winners, as every time someone `likes’ a video submission on the Commuters Count Facebook page, they go into the draw to win a $250 JB HI-FI voucher.
For more information, visit the ETC website, www.etc.org.au, the Commuters Count Facebook page, or the hash tag #commuterscount on Twitter.
Winners will be announced on October 7, 2014.