Thursday, March 07, 2013

Dobbs the Deceiver

I heard the chairman and chief executive of Public Transport Victoria on the radio this morning and I was left somewhat slack jawed. I don't know if it was ignorance or spin, but I was horrified.

Bigger trams for Melbourne: Dobbs suggested that those who cannot fit on a tram in the busy St Kilda Road tram routes will welcome the new trams. Bad. None of the new extra long trams will run in St Kilda Road. At best some more of the larger B class trams may be made available for St Kilda Road services, but I doubt there will be enough to have much of an impact.

The Rowville train to service Monash University and several suburbs: Dobbs said that there was no point in building the rail line until the Metro Tunnel is built and the appropriate rail corridor upgraded. When it was suggested that the line could be built and people could change to existing trains at Huntingdale Station, Dodds said that people would not be happy to have to change trains onto already crowded trains. Bad. Yes, there would be more crowding, especially at peak times, but if people were asked, they would rather have a train to change from or to than none at all. The line could be connected to the main system later when the corridor is improved.

Metro Tunnel, if built, won't be ready until 2022, assuming it receives federal funding. Bad. In one fell swoop, Dobbs passed the buck from what seems to be his political mates at a state level to the Federal Government.

A caller to the radio station complained about Flagstaff Station not opening on weekends and the Latrobe Street tram service not operating at weekends, therefore making access to Victoria Market difficult. Dobbs appeared ignorant of these often discussed matters.

Another caller complained about ramps for wheelchairs on trams not being used. There are many reasons why they are not used and again it has been often discussed in media and elsewhere and Dobbs was ignorant of this too.

If Dobbs is really so ignorant about the public transport system he heads, god help us. What I really heard between the lines of such a disgraceful performance, was Dobbs removing public transport pressure from the state government and I can only wonder why.

12 comments:

  1. Andrew

    blogs are not just to let off steam. They are hopefully capable of informing people and changing opinion!

    Why don't you sent every post you write on public transport to the chairman and chief executive of Public Transport Victoria? He may read it and throw it into the bin, but at least you will be reaching important ears. And send a copy to John Faine or any other opinion-former.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hels, I am sure there media monitors pick things like this up. Better informed and more accurate people than myself do have a constant dialogue with the authorities. The difference being that they have to play the game, while I can just rant.

      Delete
  2. Blaming the Federal Government seems to be the trait of state governments, especially right-wing ones. Up here, the Newman government blames the federal government for not building the paralel runway at Brisbane airport, when it's quite clearly the useless Brisbane Airport Corporation's job to provide adequate facilities. After all they rake in millions in profit every year. Brisbane is the worst performing airport in Australia. 77% of arrivals are always late.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bill, I am surprised to hear that about your airport. I really thought nothing could be worse than Melbourne's airport. Things as important as airports should never have sold off. Now we pay the price.

      Delete
  3. the people who administer public transport don't ever actually use it

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rarely Ann. They ought to. I like that Turnbull uses PT.

      Delete
  4. A resignation in the offing do you think? If your media is like ours, he wouldn't be allowed to forget his ignorance on such important matters and would have only one option.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish FC. He has only just started. He worked in public transport here before and he worked for TfL for a time, I think.

      Delete
  5. Those who are put in charge of the Public Transport system should be made to use it daily for the entire time they're in office. No cars, no taxis allowed. Buses, trams and trains only. That'll teach 'em!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It would River. It is all very well getting reports from their minions, but experiencing things first hand is better.

      Delete
  6. I suspect this is his response to Julia's OTT promises to 'fix' the NSW (more specifically Sydney's) transport issues. At least the ones in marginal seats. If she's promising billions to fix NSW state issues, why should she not spend billions - or at least millions - to fix Victoria's?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Quite so Red. I've just invented a pair of words, pork barrelling.

      Delete

Whenever I wish I was young again, I am sobered by memories of algebra.