Commuters count

Commuters are able to give their thoughts on Melbourne’s public transport network

Commuters will be able to discuss concerns about Melbourne’s public transport network at the Commuter Count Summit being held today.

The summit is a forum for MPs and the community to discuss current plans for the city’s public transport network and concerns about future public transport priorities and spending.

Speakers will include Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Gary Blackwood and Shadow Minister for Planning, Major Projects and Infrastructure Brian Tee.

Easter Transport Coalition Chairperson Peter Lockwood says public transport in the east is shaping up as a key issue for the coming State Election.

Three out of four people in a recent survey said the delivery of rail projects needed to be accelerated and delivered sooner than the 2025-50 schedules the State Government has currently set for Melbourne Metro, Doncaster Rail and Rowville Rail.

"The aim of the summit is to generate debate about how current and future state budgets can be used to satisfy the transport needs of Melbourne and particularly the outer eastern suburbs," he says.

"To achieve a reliable, integrated and world-class public transport network for Melbourne, governments must increase their investment in rail, and public transport infrastructure generally."

Lockwood hopes all local members of Parliament and candidates standing at the next State Election will take the opportunity to hear from the community and take part in a discussion about the future development needs of our city.

The summit is being held at the City of Greater Dandenong community facility in Springvale.

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