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Petition for a Pilot Bus Route Reform in Melbourne's Western Suburbs

We have called the government’s bluff and now we are asking: Can the government reform CDC Victoria's routes in the West now? 

The Sustainable Cities collective have been campaigning for Better Buses for 2 solid years. During this time we have built strong, lasting relationships with and amongst community members across Melbourne’s Western suburbs, sharing powerful stories and exposing the groundswell of demand for bus reform that has long been bubbling away within communities. 

In May this year the Victorian government announced changes to their process for recontracting bus companies. Rather than one-on-one negotiations, the contracts will be put out to a public tender for bus companies to bid on. 

They told us that this will make bus reform easier to do, as it will eliminate the issue of having too many smaller bus companies running 1-2 routes across the network which, they said, is what has made reform difficult in the past

However, we know that the bus company CDC Victoria - a private bus company backed by global corporation Comfort Del Gro - runs the majority of the bus routes in Melbourne’s Western suburbs, including all of the services in Wyndham. Of the 55 bus routes that they run across the network, 49 of them run out of their 3 depots in the West. 

This major company has all of the capacity and capability to reform their routes, and we know that the bus planners in the Department of Transport and Planning have the skills to execute this reform in the immediate term. 

That's why we want to see commitment to a pilot for reform in the West now. 

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Who's signing
Miriam Robinson
Anne Mullins
Mainque Fely
John Young
Michel and Anne Beuchat
Krystal Whitling
Howard Tankey
Hugh Venables
Ohnmar John
Janet Graham
Rita Brait
Yvonne Kirk
Barbara Lee
Barbara Ciszewska
Jan Lacey
Jo Humphrys
Larissa MacFarlane
Jackie Fristacky
Anthony Foy
Robert Marston
Phillip Devery
Gemma Romiti
Paul Westcott
Rhonda Green
Kate Hegarty
Hayden Chan
Gemma Harben
Reg Tydell
Michael Bell
Marigold Hayler

Will you sign?

To Jacinta Allan, Premier of Victoria and Ben Carroll, Deputy Premier of Victoria

We, the residents and supporters of Melbourne's Western suburbs, urgently request your support in allocating Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) funds for a pilot bus route reform using the current CDC contracts in our region.

Why We Need This Pilot

  1. Rapid Growth. Our ever-expanding western suburbs are one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, yet this burgeoning population is being left with the same outdated network of long, convoluted and infrequent bus routes.

  2. Economic and Social Equity. High car dependency in Melbourne’s West drives up daily costs and leaves many residents isolated both economically and socially. Access to buses that are fast, frequent and connected will ensure that everyone has access to jobs, education, essential services, and each other, making our community more inclusive and vibrant. 

  3. Environmental Sustainability. Transforming our bus network from the long, convoluted routes we have now to a simple grid of fast, frequent and connected electric buses will significantly reduce emissions, alleviate traffic congestion, and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future for our community. Better public transport means healthier lives.

We want to see the bus network redesigned into a simple grid with clean, accessible electric buses running every 10 minutes, all day, every day, as outlined in Melbourne University’s ‘Better Buses for Melbourne’s West’ research paper. 

Why GAIC Funds? GAIC funds are designated to support infrastructure development in rapidly growing areas, but the government has not distributed any of this funding during the past 2 budget cycles. While major public transport projects like the Airport rail are put on hold, it is imperative that we receive better buses now so that everyone can move freely around our communities. 

Why CDC routes? Having multiple operators running bus routes in one area can make bus reform difficult. Unlike other parts of Melbourne, the majority of bus routes in the West are serviced by one operator. CDC Victoria operates the majority of the bus routes across Melbourne's West. A pilot for reform using the existing CDC contracts can easily be achieved in the immediate future.  

Our aim is to create a more efficient, accessible, and equitable public transportation system for Melbourne's Western suburbs. Your leadership in this matter can transform the lives of those who face daily challenges due to inadequate public transport access. Please seize this opportunity to make a profound and lasting impact on our community.

 

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  • Miriam Robinson
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