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Moving Maroondah – Sustainable Transport in Maroondah

By May 23, 2005One Comment

Moving Maroondah – Sustainable Transport in Maroondah was authored to pre-empt Maroondah Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS). This submission examines the current level of public transport within Maroondah and recommends a number of recommendations to strengthen the role of public transport and assist in the achievement of Maroondah Council’s and the State Government’s goal of increasing public transport usage.

Recommendations include:

  • Maroondah Council to embark upon a continued public transport advocacy and lobbying campaign that includes a public campaign for improved public transport services within the municipality.
  • Inclusion of Maroondah Highway, Canterbury/Swansea Road, Bayswater Road and Wonga/Warrandyte Roads on the PPTN Network with corresponding service upgrades.
  • Priority implementation for the Ringwood to Frankston SmartBus to ensure service upgrades by the end of 2006. Evening and public holiday services to be introduced by the end of 2005.
  • Priority upgrades of routes 670 and 679 to provide evening and comprehensive weekend services by the end of 2005.
  • Introduction of PPTN services along Bayswater Road connecting Croydon and Bayswater.
  • Introduction of PPTN services from Mooroolbark to Boronia along Manchester and Colchester Roads.
  • Introduction of PPTN services from Croydon to Lilydale via Mt. Evelyn along Mount Dandenong Road.
  • Inclusion of route 737 into the PPTN with an extension to Chirnside Park along Dorset and Lyons Road.
  • Weekday off-peak rail timetables frequencies of 20 minutes to and from Ringwood.
  • Inclusion of Ringwood within Metropolitan Zone Two with the zone overlap extended to Croydon.
  • Redevelopment of Ringwood Station to ensure DDA compliance and increased perception of safety thereby encouraging public transport usage and increasing the perception of Ringwood.
  • Accessible bus stops and low floor buses to provided along routes identified within the PPTN to ensure DDA compliance.
  • Signalling improvements along the Ringwood and Belgrave/Lilydale lines providing safety benefits and faster journey times.
  • Improvement of timetable coordination between bus and train services including frequency improvements along the PPTN bus routes so that they operate at the same frequency as rail services.
  • Rail triplication from Ringwood to Box Hill allowing the introduction of flier trains from Ringwood.
  • Traffic priority for PPTN bus services including the use of HOV lanes along major roads.
  • Principal bus routes must operate at frequencies of 10 minutes during weekdays (15 minutes for evenings and weekends) with hours of operation between 5am to midnight or the last train (whichever is later).
  • Local bus routes should operate with at least 30 minute frequencies on both weekdays and
    weekends, although more frequent services should be provided for busier routes. Hours of operation should be between at least 5am and 10pm.
  • Comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle paths linking public transport stops and key destinations.
Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

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