Victoria takes action

By: Amie Hickland

The Victorian Government has released a plan to improve access to public transport

Victoria takes action
Melbourne, Victoria

Victorians will gain greater access to public transport over the coming years if a recently released action plan is implemented.

The Accessible Public Transport in Victoria Action Plan 2013–2017 was released by the Victorian Government last month.

The plan contributes to the recently released Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-2016 and all the outcomes of the plan will comply with disability standards at minimum.

Initiatives in the plan include upgrades to more than 10,000 bus stops across the state and a bus replacement program.

In his foreword, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mudler says the long term aim of the plan is to provide access to services and facilities by removing access barriers, therefore allowing all passengers independent.

"The government recognises that it will take many years and it faces significant challenges to making Victoria’s public transport network fully accessible to all people in the community."

The plan includes four key priorities - customer service, consultation and community engagement, access to public transport services and Access to facilities.

The government, Public Transport Victoria and transport operators will develop an implementation plan that outlines how priorities and outcomes will be delivered and funded.

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