The Maroondah Leader has reported on the launch of the Eastern Transport Coalition and Maroondah City Council’s renewed focus on public transport:
MAROONDAH Council has joined forces with six councils to campaign for improved transport options for more than 940,000 residents in the eastern region.
The Eastern Transport Coalition was launched recently at the Box Hill tram terminus to represent the type of public transport facilities wanted across the region.
The Eastern Transport Coalition chaired by Knox Councillor Mick Van de Vreede aims to ensue a better public transport system throughout the eastern suburbs including the need for more frequent bus and train services.
Cr Alex Makin, Maroondah’s representative on the coalition, said the council supported the need to work as a region to gain public transport improvements.
“For instance, a better bus system would see an increased service frequency and 5am to 11pm operating times seven days a week,” Cr Makin said. “People should not have to stay at home because they can’t get a bus, tram or train.”
As Maroondah’s representative on the Eastern Transport Coalition it is imperative that eastern Melbourne is provided with the same standard of public transport services enjoyed by inner city residents.
The Eastern Transport Coalition, which includes Knox, Manningham, Greater Dandenong, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges, provides a united stance from local government in demonstrating the support and need for better public transport.
“By working with our neighbouring councils in the east we have a chance to fix some of our transport problems,” said Cr Makin.
“This is a long-term campaign but the public transport improvements we are seeking are critical to the vibrancy and liveability of the eastern suburbs. We must start planning and advocating now to achieve the desired results.”
With the State Election occurring in November of this year the Eastern Transport Coalition will be continuing in its efforts to seek urgent public transport improvements.