I know our Vic Roads has extraordinary knowledge and capacity to do wonderful things with our road systems for getting trams and buses on the move instead of sitting in stationary traffic. It would seem they don't do it because of a lack of funding. I should probably blame our government but Vic Roads is in control. I just read last night somewhere that in Sydney City, their RTA installed an ability for buses to control the traffic lights in their favour, yet the system has never been switched on. From what I understand, bus congestion in Sydney City is horrendous and tinkering around the edges is all that is ever done.
Our Vic Roads, well the name says it all, is about cars principally. I recall some nonsense from Vic Roads a few years ago where they said they would take control of traffic lights to move late running trams along faster. Fortunately no one held their breath waiting for that. Instead they just breath a little heavier as they are sitting in their tram as it is stuck in traffic.
Yet even though Vic Roads looks after cars, they don't get that right either. If I am going to travel on a freeway and I think it may be busy or I have to be somewhere at a certain time using the freeway, I check Vic Roads website before I leave home. Clearly I haven't been looking in the correct place. Monash Freeway was closed in both directions from the early hours of the morning due to a truck crash near Ferntree Gully Road. At about 7.15 this morning I checked Vic Roads online map to see how bad the congestion was and look at what it indicated!
The green lines heading off to the left towards the city indicate no problem at Ferntree Gully Road, yet the freeway was completely blocked. Now, at noon, it is showing heavy congestion. Believe me, it would have been heavily congested at 7.00am. Vic Roads recently made a song and dance about their new webpage, showing road closures, and yes, it did show the freeway was closed, but why not on this 'live' map, that I and I expect many others use?
I feel like ending with calling them tossers, but instead I'll just say, that is a serious fail Vic Roads.