The Eastern Transport Coalition has welcomed the investment in buses made in the State Budget.

ETC Chairperson Cr Samantha Dunn has welcomed the commitment to implementing the Doncaster Area Rapid Transport (DART) project – as long as it delivers train like services.

“By providing $112.1 million the State Government has committed one third of the cost of the DART project and whilst we have always wanted a train line to Doncaster we welcome the investment, as long as commuters get train like service.

“Train like service means that the DART buses wouldn’t be stuck in traffic on Hoddle Street, unnecessarily stopped by traffic lights or passengers made to wait on street corners.

“We also welcome the commitment to extend the existing Yellow SmartBus 901 service from Ringwood to the Melbourne Airport as it will provide residents of the eastern suburbs an affordable way to get to the airport.

“The committal of funding for the long awaited and often promised Springvale Road grade separation will ultimately allow for improved train services and on road public transport.

“The ETC welcomes any increase in funding for public transport in the east, but believes that the improvements and extensions in rail are critical if we are to meet the public transport needs of the region over the next 25 years, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on cars.

“The ETC asked Infrastructure Australia to fund the extension of rail through Monash University to Rowville, rail to Doncaster and an increase in capacity of the Ringwood/Belgrave/Lilydale line.

“It’s also critical that both stages of the Metro be funded to allow for an increase in capacity on the Dandenong line.

“It would be great if the Federal Government funded any of these projects as that would provide the million plus residents of the outer east the generational step up in the provision of public transport that they deserve,” Cr Dunn concluded.

For media inquiries please contact;
ETC Chairperson Cr Samantha Dunn 0407 364 509
CPR Communications, Robert Larocca 0409 198 350