Our State Government was partly elected by promising improved public transport. Three and a half years into its term of government, little seems to have happened. Not even the very specific promise of a train station at Southland on an existing line has happened. Ah, but a good bit of money was spent on Minister Louise Asher's bete noir for her constituents, http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/close-gates.html
Suddenly six months short of an election, the government has made multi promises about improving public transport if they are re-elected. Sorry, it is all a little bit too late. The proof is surely in what the government has done, and from what I see, it is not much. The trains and trams are still very unreliable and terribly overcrowded.
The government is about to sign we citizens up to a multi billion dollar road project that may benefit a trucking company, but few others really.
While I doubt it will be in my lifetime, eventually Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be linked by a high speed train. Its point of departure will probably be Southern Cross Station and the train will initially head north west.
That is the same direction of the proposed Metro Tunnel, linking Footscray to St Kilda Road via the city by train tunnel (yes, some self interest here). It is also the same direction as the government's just announced airport train.
Pretty obvious really. Build an underground line from St Kilda Road to Footscray, then on to Melbourne airport and make is suitable for a high speed train to Sydney.
Melbourne is a large and growing city and spending money on huge road projects is not the way to go. The best cities in the world, that is cities people really like, have great public transport.