In May 2007, in order to understand the transport needs of residents of Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs, the Eastern Transport Coalition commissioned the Australian Research Group (ARG) to conduct research into attitudes towards public transport in the Eastern region.

The research took place in May. The study involved 1000 online interviews across six electorates in Melbourne’s East: Aston, Bruce, Chisholm, Deakin, La Trobe and Menzies. These electorates were selected because they fall within the area covered by the ETC member councils and for their political significance.

The study explored attitudes and perceptions towards public transport in the area, barriers to greater usage and preferences for funding solutions.