Public Transport Users Association
History and aims
The organisation was founded in 1976 as the Train Travellers Association, and became prominent after the controversial Lonie Report recommended huge freeway expansion and closure of most public passenger transport in the city.
The Association advocates a greater role for public transport and less dependence on the private car. Key PTUA policies include:
- A public transport authority to provide co-ordinated planning and management of train, tram and bus services
- Urban planning, taxation and transport project resource allocations that favour sustainable transport modes over car use
- Opposition to major road expansion such as the building of new freeways
- More frequent public transport services, longer operating hours and better connections between modes
- Expansion of the train, tram, and bus networks
- More staffing at stations and on trains/trams
- Fares that ensure public transport is competitive with car travel
Of particular interest to the Association are potential extensions to Melbourne's metropolitan rail network, particularly lines to Doncaster, Rowville (via Monash University's Clayton Campus) and Melbourne Airport, a reorganisation of the bus network, including more routes being upgraded to SmartBus status, and filling in so-called tram "missing links" by the construction of "modest" extensions to the tram network that would ensure that routes connect with nearby railway stations, bus routes and activity centres.
The PTUA successfully campaigned for extended New Years Day public transport hours in 2004, and that has been continued by the government in subsequent years. The Association maintains a high media profile, publishes a regular newsletter for members, operates an office in Melbourne, and has two branches, one in Geelong and the other in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The current president is Dr Tony Morton, who succeeded Daniel Bowen in October 2012.
- "Policies: Extending the network". Public Transport Users Association. Retrieved 2007-01-04.
- Carey, Adam (2013-03-06). "Lobby urges tram extensions to avoid dead-end trips". The Age. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- How Melbourne got all-night NYE public transport YouTube video 03:23 in length
- "Geelong Branch". PTUA. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
- "Outer East Branch". PTUA. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
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