Transport for Victoria is coordinating Victoria's growing transport system and planning for its future.
Our job is to integrate the transport network for simpler, quicker and safer journeys that connect places and support Victoria's prosperity and liveability. We're putting transport users – whether they travel by train, drive, cycle, walk or move freight – at the centre of everything we do.
Like similar agencies around the world, Transport for Victoria brings together the planning, managing and coordinating of our transport system in one organisation.
The creation of Transport for Victoria realises the aim of the Transport Integration Act, ensuring transport agencies work together towards the common goal of an integrated and sustainable transport system.
Victoria is growing and changing at a fast pace
Victoria is facing a period of intense growth and change - with the state's population forecast to reach 10 million by 2051.
Growth is driving the government's record $30 billion investment in strategic transport infrastructure to expand and modernise the network. Major projects like Melbourne Metro, removing 50 dangerous and congested level crossings, the West Gate Tunnel and North East Link, as well as a $2.3 billion investment in 65 high-capacity metro trains will significantly boost network capacity, move more people and freight, improve passenger services and relieve congestion.
An integrated approach to Victoria's transport system makes the best use of what we have now, plans for the future, and establishes a blueprint to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.
As Victoria undergoes a generational shift in transport technologies, we'll be there to help manage the network and empower people in their transport choices.
Read about some of the ways we are planning a transport network for tomorrow.
Planning to provide greater choice
By taking an integrated approach that first seeks to understand users' needs, network challenges, like traffic congestion or inefficient public transport interchanges, can be met in ways that don't always involve large, disruptive and costly investments.
For example, encouraging mode shift or making it easier to change between modes by better coordinating timetables means we can extract greater performance from our transport assets. Similarly, increasing car or bike parking at train stations can change how people choose to travel. In this way, we can reduce congestion and create greater system efficiencies without major, new infrastructure.
Modern trains, trams and buses to move more people more often
We’re transforming our public transport network with bigger and more modern train, tram and bus fleets to move more people more often and provide a better passenger experience.
Our largest project is 65 high capacity metro trains, at $2.3 billion the biggest single train order in Victoria’s history.
We’re delivering the Victorian Government’s Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 strategy, a 10-year plan to secure the future of Victoria’s critical train and tram building industry, support thousands of local jobs and to prepare the network for growth.
The strategy is backed by a record investment pipeline of new train and tram orders, and the Victorian Government’s requirement for 50 per cent minimum local content in new rolling stock contracts, giving local manufacturers greater certainty to plan ahead.
To deliver the best outcome for the user and the highest return on investment for the Victorian community, transport modes need to complement not compete. That's why we're focussed on the whole network, rather than on just one transport mode.
For example, bus priority lanes can reduce road capacity for other vehicles. However, an integrated solution that includes timetabling and traffic-light sequencing can produce a better outcome for all transport users while avoiding a traditional construction solution.
The best-laid travel plans can come unstuck by a minor road incident that causes severe network-wide disruption. Despite the plethora of traffic reporting by traditional and social media, Victorians have little real-time information about alternative ways to travel.
Over time, Transport for Victoria will become a single source of real-time information on how road, rail and bus networks are performing. This will allow a public transport user, for example, to switch modes mid-journey to get where they need to go with minimal disruption.
Every two hours a life is lost or dramatically changed as a result of a crash on Victoria's roads.
Transport for Victoria is working with our road safety partners to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on our roads, as outlined in the Victorian's road safety strategy, Towards Zero.
We are also ensuring all Victorians have a range of transport options that enable safe, reliable and efficient journeys.
Renegotiation of Melbourne's train and tram contracts
We've renegotiated contracts with Melbourne's train and tram operators to improve services for all Victorians.
Metro Trains Melbourne and Keolis Downer will operate Melbourne's train and tram networks until at least November 2024.
Higher standards for our train and tram operators are more vital now than ever as we invest in and expand the public transport network.
We've put passengers first with contracts that have higher performance targets and enforce tougher penalties for breaches.
We've introduced tougher penalties to address the issues that cause most passenger dissatisfaction – station skipping, short shunting, graffiti, poor communication and information, inappropriate advertising and dirty rolling stock.
The new contracts also raise the bar for on-time services and service delivery.
- New train and tram contracts fact sheet (DOCX 15.45 KB)
- New train and tram contracts fact sheet (PDF 139.55 KB)
- Metro re-franchising penalties fact sheet (DOCX 15.28 KB)
- Metro re-franchising penalties fact sheet (PDF 82.76 KB)
New bus service contracts for Melbourne
The Victorian Government is investing heavily in bus services, which are becoming an increasingly important part of an integrated public transport system.
We're providing 12 existing metropolitan bus operators with the first opportunity to negotiate new bus service contracts to better meet Melbourne's public transport needs.
Through this process we aim to achieve:
- improved service performance and high-quality passenger experience
- innovative and adaptable network service planning
- patronage growth
- industry, jobs and skills growth
- enhanced use of bus infrastructure assets
- greater value for money.
New metropolitan bus service contracts begin on 1 July 2018.
More buses where they're needed
The $100 million Better Bus Networks program is helping to create more connected and sustainable public transport for all Victorians.
The Better Bus Network will deliver:
- more buses to where they are needed
- buses running more often, and for longer hours in key areas
- improved access to trains, health services, education, businesses and retail precincts
- stronger bus networks in regional areas, supporting social and economic inclusion.